As you all know that your pets cannot tell if something is wrong. The pet owner has the fullest responsibility of taking good care of their pets. Pet caring is not just about feeding your pets regularly or on time. However, you should notice your pets and their behaviors. If you notice anything different in your pets, you should pay close attention to your pets and their differences. The reason is that it can be a sign of any serious medical condition and needs to be treated immediately.
Following are the signs that you should never ignore in your pets.
1. Excessive Consumption of Water
You might have seen your pet usually drink water after play time or an outdoor trip on a warm day. If your pet drinks water again and again at regular intervals, it is not normal. Drinking too much water can be a sign of Cushing’s disease, kidney failure, diabetes, and more. At times, excessive panting leads to excessive consumption of water. In addition, some medications may cause an increase in the consumption of water.
2. Loss of Appetite, Weight Loss
Weight loss can be a sign of illness. It is very common to say that your pet does not feel hungry and so it is not eating. However, not feeling hungry is not something that you can take lightly. You need to watch your pet carefully as a loss of appetite can bring negative impacts to its health. Loss of appetite or weight loss can result in serious medical conditions in dogs that are six months or younger. If you notice weight loss in your pet, you need to take your pet to the vet doctor to avoid further risks.
3. Change in Behavior
A behavioral change in your pet can be a sign of something is wrong. A pet’s behavioral change includes moodiness, not playing with toys, unprovoked aggression, anxiety, erratic temperament, fearfulness, hyperactivity, wish to be alone in another room, submissiveness, feeling uncomfortable when lying down, not taking foods on time, sudden onset of seizures, and more. Discomfort and pain can be the reasons for a behavioral change in your pet. Thyroid dysfunction, heart disease, pancreatitis, cancer, skin allergies, arthritis, and parasites can cause these behavioral changes.
4. Extreme Fatigue
Dogs are naturally observant and active. They can even sense the upcoming earthquakes. If you find your pet becomes lethargic or extremely fatigued, it cannot be a serious medical condition as your pet may be upset of something, but if this condition lasts for more than a day, it can be your red flag.
5. Heavy Panting
It is quite normal for dogs to pant after running around the house, chasing toys or after spending some time outdoors on a hot day. However, what is not normal is heavy panting. Heavy panting can last longer than normal panting. Lung tumors, heart stroke, Cushing’s disease, poisoning, heart failure, and pneumonia can cause heavy panting.
If you notice any of the above signs in your pet, you need to think about taking your pet to the vet doctor.