Our pets have a special way of communicating with us.
When they are happy, sad, scared, anxious - it all depends on whether or not we take the time to pay attention.
Similarly, your furry companion may communicate with you when they are not feeling 100%. Here are a few signs to look out for.
- Fainting / Collapsing can mean a potential problem with the nervous system (brain, spinal cord or nerves), the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, muscles), the circulatory system (heart, blood vessels, blood), or the respiratory system (mouth, nose, throat, lungs).
2. Difficulty Breathing can mean that not enough oxygen is reaching the tissues. Respiratory distress often goes hand-in-hand with a buildup of fluid in the lungs or chest cavity that leads to shortness of breath and coughing
3. Bloody Diarrhea, Urine, Vomit - Fresh blood in the stool indicates bleeding in the colon or rectum. Several serious disorders that can cause bloody urine, including a blockage in the urinary tract, a bacterial infection, and even cancer. A variety of reasons can cause your dog to vomit blood, some of which are relatively minor, but others are serious and even life-threatening.
4. Coughing - Unless it’s a one-and-done situation, generally indicates an underlying problem, such as windpipe obstruction, kennel cough, bronchitis, pneumonia, heartworm disease, heart failure, and tumors of the lung.
5. Red Eye(s) - If the white area of your dog’s eye turns bright red, it’s a sign of inflammation or infection. Redness can also point to inflammation of structures inside the eye, eye socket disorders, and also glaucoma.
You are your pet's first defense. Keep an eye out and be sure to talk to your vet about anything you are not familiar with.