Here are some top signs to pick on to know that your dog may be ill or not:
- Appetite change, weight loss , weight gain.
- Bad breath or drooling.
- Change in activity level. - Sleeping more than normal or other behavioural changes
- Coughing, excessive panting, sneezing.
- Stiffness or difficulty in rising or climbing stairs.
- Dry skin, lumps, shaking of the head.
- Dry, red or cloudy eyes.
If your dog shows any of these symptoms of being ill, you must immediately contact your veterinarian.
Diagnosis: Since the signs of disease are not always seen clearly, the veterinarian might recommend some preventive care testing so as to be sure of the symptoms.
Preventing care testing includes:
- Urine tests to screen for urinary tract infection and another disease.
- A complete blood count to rule out any blood-related conditions.
- Tests to identify if your pet has any tick-borne, heartworm or any infectious diseases.
- A thyroid test so as to determine if the thyroid gland is producing very little thyroid hormone.
- An ECG that screens for an abnormal heart rhythm, which can help in indicating any underlying heart conditions.
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