Guest Post: Pet Health Signs to Watch Out For

Your loyal pet is at home and you notice something is amiss with their normal state. Unlike people, dogs have a pain tolerance level which is greater than humans; however, they cannot tell you what’s wrong, so you need to be aware of these changes.

Disease can be described as any alteration of normal body function which can include – organ failure, infections, poisoning, broken bones, poor diet, allergies, and more.

Some of the most common aspects of health problems include:
1. Changes in activity level - pain may be an issue. Limping, hesitation to move, refusal to either lie down or stand up, awkward movement, continuous circling, or general overall weakness.
2. Lethargy - your dog will refrain from daily activity, walk around in a daze and may lie around in different areas of your house and spend more time resting or sleeping.
3. Changes in Appetite:

  • Decrease – could indicate tooth and gum problems which can be very painful causing a dog to stop eating.
  • Food Boredom – needing a change to another flavor or product.
  • Increased – could indicate:  seeking additional nutrients via eating more to help ward off illness (metabolic rate has increased), worms, proper nutrients lacking in the food, or thyroid condition.

4. Fever - normal temperature ranges for dogs is 100-102.5 degrees. A rise in fever can be attributed to the body trying to fight off an invader.
5. Vomiting - continuous vomiting can be caused by a major problem:

  • The dog may be suffering from a toxic substance he has ingested (many dogs lick up the sweet taste of antifreeze causing this problem)
  • Excessive gas or fluid within the stomach or intestine.
  • Organ failure in the pancreas, liver or kidneys.
  • Unfamiliar elements causing an obstruction.
  • Enlarged abdomen.
  • Drug reactions can cause vomiting.
  • Anxiety
  • Fear. Make sure your dog receives water and electrolytes as vomiting can cause a loss of these vital elements and cause greater damage.

6. Diarrhea:

  • May occur when changing from a commercial dog food to a nutrient active dog food
  • Eating table scraps or garbage
  • Parasites
  • Parvovirus type 2 or any other infections
  • allergenic reaction to foods or treats ( especially those loaded with by-products, chemicals, artificial colorings, or chemically extracted fillers)

7. Obesity - did you know that potatoes have a higher glycemic index than table sugar and maybe a major reason for obesity in dogs. Many commercial foods use large amounts of potatoes in their diets. Commercial foods that do not breakdown efficiently in the system lead to weight gain. Obese dogs risk diabetes, circulatory problems, and heart problems. These and lack of proper exercise can lead to overweight problems.
8. Urination - foul or discolored, increased frequency, blood in urine, straining to urinate, incontinence
9. Heart and Lungs – labored breathing (no exercise), blue or pale gums, excessive coughing, choking, refusal to do normal activity.
10. Eyes - yellowing, discharges of tears or fluid, failure to open eyes completely, discolorization in the white of eye, quick eye movements
11. Nose - dry, skin cracking, discharges

These are some of the frequent signs showing you that your dog needs some additional attention.

This post was written by Elliot Harvey MH of www.doctorsfinest.com. Author of “The Healthy Wholistic Dog,” Elliot has years of experience in animal health and wellness. Pet Assure is not affiliated with and does not endorse Great Life Performance Pet Products. Pet Assure is presenting this guest post for the benefit of its readers and retains no financial interest in any future transactions.

Elliot Harvey

About Elliot Harvey

Elliott Harvey MH is the author of the natural healing book "The Healthy Wholistic Dog." He founded Great Life Performance Pet Products in 1996 to provide quality pet products based on nutritional and field studies. Elliott is a contributing writer for Animal Wellness Magazine and a consultant to Pet Product News. He utilizes his experience in natural health and wellness to write for Pet Assure on a monthly basis.

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