Help! My Pooch Is Sick!

 

If you’re a dog lover, there’s nothing worse than having a sick pooch on your hands. Unlike a person, dogs can’t tell you what’s wrong or where it hurts, and so you’re often completely in the dark. The good news is that certain signs and symptoms contain vital information that allows you to infer what might be wrong.

Lost Appetite

Usually, when a dog gets sick, the first thing to go is their appetite. There are many harmless reasons why your pooch might not want to chow down, including the fact that they don’t like the new food you just bought them. But there are some more serious reasons too.

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One of those reasons is the common cold. Dogs with the sniffles are less likely to be eager to eat at feeding times. If your dog isn’t eating, has a dry, warm nose and is trembling, then it’s a good sign that they’ve come down with a virus. If it’s just a cold, it should pass in a couple of days, and the dog should return to normal. If, however, the dog continues to refuse to eat, then it indicates a more serious infection that may require a course of antibiotics.

Constant Scratching

One of the best ways to take care of your dog’s health is to make sure that their fur coat is kept in good condition. But no matter how hard you try, sometimes things will go wrong. All animals, including dogs, scratch themselves from time to time. But if you notice your pet stopping to scratch all the time, it could be an indication that they are harboring unwelcome guests like ticks, mites, and fleas.

Getting rid of these pests is actually a lot easier than most dog owners think. Usually, all it takes is a single trip to the pet store to purchase a commercial treatment that will kill off all the parasites in a single treatment.

But parasites might not be the only reason your dog is scratching. Another common cause is problems with their skin. Like people, dogs can suffer from dermatological problems brought on by allergic factors in the environment as well as dietary deficiencies. As a precaution, stop using things like air fresheners in your home and use fragrance-free dog shampoo. Also, make sure that the food you are giving your dog is complete and contains all the nutrients the dog needs to be healthy.

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High Fever

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The best way to tell if your dog has a fever is to touch their nose or their ears. If they feel hotter than they usually do, then there’s a good chance that the dog is fighting an infection. A dog’s normal body temperature is between 101 and 102.5 degrees Celsius. A temperature over 106 degrees Celsius indicated a dog that is in urgent need of medical attention. The best way to measure the temperature of your dog is to use a rectal thermometer. If their temperature is above 106 degrees, take them to the vet immediately.