Dogs do not like to be noticed when they feel bad. Therefore, pay particular attention to changed dog behavior - it could be a disease symptom. The warning signs that make a vet visit advisable, the following tips.
Basically, you should go to the veterinarian too much instead of once too little. If you find anything strange about your dog's behavior or if your dog has changed visually, ask for your safety whether it could be a disease symptom.
If this option can be ruled out, you can still think about what might have caused your dog's strange behavior. For behavioral problems other than illness, either an animal psychologist or a dog trainer who is specialized in behavioral problems will help.
1. listlessness and increased fatigue
Does your dog seem flabier than usual, does not mean that he has suddenly become lazy. Maybe he is ill and therefore has less energy than usual. Although lack of drive and conspicuous fatigue can be due to high temperatures in summer or diminished daylight in winter, if it occurs from one day to the next without any visible cause, this is a warning sign.
From infections to metabolic diseases (eg hypothyroidism) to upset stomach, nutrient deficiencies and depression, all sorts of diseases can be behind this dog behavior.
2. Restlessness and aggression as unfamiliar dog behavior
The opposite of lethargy can also be a disease symptom. If your dog suddenly seems uneasy or even aggressive, you should go with him to the vet. It may be that he is in pain, especially if he is also sensitive to touch or is nervously rolling around in his dog basket. He may not find a lying or sitting position that is painless and comfortable for him. What has caused the pain - an injury, a foreign body or digestive problems - the veterinarian can find out.
3. Changes in appetite as a disease symptom
Normally, few dogs are fussy about eating. If your four-legged friend suddenly suffers from loss of appetite and can not eat anything, it is very likely a disease symptom. However, the reverse is just as worrying: if your dog suddenly shuts down his food, seems insatiable or eats feces and other things that are not edible, this dog behavior can also indicate that something is wrong.
4. Frequent scratching as a warning sign
Scratch your four-legged only now and then, this is quite normal. But if he does not seem to be able to stop it and maybe he has already scratched his skin, parasites, a skin fungus or an allergy may be behind the itch. A vet visit brings clarity.
5. Dog withdraws and hides
Your otherwise so trusting dog looks anxious, hiding in a hiding place or withdrawing strikingly? In this case, something is wrong with him. If you can rule out external circumstances such as thunderstorms or New Year's Eve as an anxiety trigger, his need for withdrawal is due to his feeling unwell and probably ill. Use the veterinarian to find out what's going on with your pet as soon as possible.
6. Difficulty running or climbing stairs
If your dog is limping, running slower than usual, or recently having trouble climbing stairs, that's another warning sign. It may be a disease symptom of onset osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia and other joint problems. If it is only mildly lame, however, the dog behavior can also indicate an injury to the paw or a foreign body between the toes. Look at the dog paws so thoroughly - in winter, salt can get caught in it, in the spring and summer possibly awns. Maybe he also cut his paw on a piece of broken glass or pointed stone.
7. Uncommon panting as a disease symptom
It is normal for dogs to pant when they are hot or physically demanding; but neither one nor the other is true, you should let this dog behavior medical clarify. Panting can also be a kind of stress signal in case of stress - your dog may try to calm itself down. It can be both emotional stress and physical stress due to pain or organic illness.