Signs That Your Dog Needs Immediate Medical Attention
By Laura McElroy

Sometimes, dogs can fall ill and deteriorate rapidly. If you feel there is something wrong with your pup, it is best to err on the side of caution and see a veterinarian. 

Dogs cannot communicate what is wrong like humans, and it can be difficult to discern between a normal illness or a critical medical event. If you notice some of these symptoms, it might be a good idea to contact your vet immediately:

Strange eating habits

Dogs love chewing and eating some bizarre things. Usually, this behavior is benign, but it could be an indicator of something more serious. If you want to discern whether there is a potential problem, distinguish between chewing and eating. 

For example, dogs chew wood when they are puppies as it alleviates the discomfort of the teething process. However, when you see that your dog ate wood, it might be symptomatic of something more complex. 

OurFitPets is a site that offers valuable advice about pets, especially dogs. This is the ideal website to consult to determine if your worries about your pup’s health are justified and what you should do next. Other strange eating habits that are not often indicative of a major problem include consuming glass, clay, or dirt. 

Provided the dog is not vomiting excessively, struggling to defecate, or producing bloody stools, it could be a symptom of a vitamin deficiency, boredom, or separation anxiety.

Weakness and limited movement

While your dog might start limping for a minor injury, do not underestimate how serious it could be. Do an external examination to determine if you can find what is wrong. Gently touch the dog’s legs to see if you can isolate where the pain is coming from. 

A dog that suddenly becomes immobile needs immediate veterinary care. This could be caused by a stroke or other serious medical conditions. If your dog is unable to move, get help. 

Sometimes immobility takes the form of a gradual loss of strength and ability to move around. This might be down to old age but should be investigated in younger canines. Be vigilant in monitoring your pup’s behavior, looking for signs of difficulty moving or declining strength and vitality.

Seizures

A doggy seizure can be terrifying for pooch and owner alike. Some canines develop epilepsy, which mirrors its human counterpart. Dogs can go into a state of seizure without warning. Their bodies are wracked by uncontrollable spasms. This might be accompanied by them soiling themselves or vomiting. 

You should place your dog on its side during a seizure and remain close to them. Your reassuring voice and gentle touch will reduce the panic a dog might feel when it comes out of a seizure state.

There is not much a vet can do for your dog during a seizure. However, it is important to consult a veterinarian for a diagnosis of the seizure disorder to determine a treatment program that will reduce or eliminate future seizures.

Refusing food and water

A good barometer of a dog’s health status is its appetite. It takes a lot for a dog to lose its appetite. When this happens, you should take it seriously. Do not worry if your dog does not want to eat supper for a day or two. This could indicate an upset tummy or just your pooch’s way of telling you they do not like your dog food choice.

Refusing to eat or drink could be symptomatic of a serious underlying condition, such as organ failure or cancer. Early intervention will allow a vet to treat an illness and resolve it. If left too late, your final option would be euthanasia. 

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