Dogs are a huge part of a lot of families. They become another member of the family and as such, they can also fall victim to illness, just like us. Although they do not have the ability to tell us what is bothering them, if you know your pet well, you can usually tell when they are not acting their usual self. But how do you know when it is time to seek help? If you see any of the following signs in your dog, it’s time to call your veterinarian. Any of these symptoms in very young or very old dogs is definitely worrisome and needs treatment by a veterinarian immediately.

If you see any behavioral changes in your pet such as:

  • Lethargy
  • Irritability or agitation
  • Withdrawal or clingy behavior

As well as any of these tummy troubles with any of the above behavioral changes:

  • 24 hours + of vomiting.
  • 24 hours + of severe diarrhea (especially if it is accompanied with blood)
  • Abdominal pain or swelling
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry heaving accompanied by a distended belly and restlessness. This can be a sign of a life-threatening condition called “Bloat” and must be treated immediately by a Veterinarian.

Any sign of respiratory issues is an immediate RED FLAG and you should take your pet in immediately, such as:

  • A cough that disrupts sleep or lasts more than 24 hours
  • Nasal discharge which includes mucus or blood
  • Labored breathing, coughing, gagging, wheezing
  • If you suspect breathing issues, check your dog’s gums, if they have a bluish tint to them, seek help immediately.

As well as the above concerns, if you see any changes in your pet’s bathroom routine such as going too often, having issues controlling their faculties, or are not able to go you will want to visit your veterinarian. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your dog with one of our veterinarians in Ellicott City, MD at 410-465-6218.