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Our pets are often the most universally loved family member in our home unit. For this reason, taking care of them is paramount. Most happy households have some form of pet, and usually the family unit isn’t complete without one. This could be a dog, a cat or even a gerbil and fish, whatever you feel constitutes as a pet can be so long as you love it and care for it through your daily maintenance.
There are a few things to look out for when it comes to loving your beautiful pooch. If you notice any of the following, taking them to a vet hospital should be high on your priority list.
An animal only walks oddly when there is a problem with their physicality. It might not be as simply as them treading on something sharp like a thorn. Sometimes it can signify a stroke or even an issue that has developed with their bones in recent time. There is any number of reasons as to why a pet would walk funny. Depending on how they walk, you may be able to identify it yourself. Are they favoring one leg, or completely trying to avoid putting pressure on another? Are they losing balance consistently? Do they seem to be walking with a purpose, or do they seem to be in a daze? All of these issues can contribute to health issue that needs identifying, and so taking them to the vet should be your immediate option.
Is your dog sleeping too much or too little? Is there usual sleep routine being broken and is it out of character? Dogs often wake up for stints throughout the night, but extended periods of wakefulness could signify some form of medical issue or it could simply mean that you need to work on the sleep hygiene of your dog in your own home, such as providing them with clean comfortable bedding or ventilation during the summer months. If the problem persists, especially if the animal is sleeping for extended periods of time, it might be very wise to attend an animal clinic and identify the problem straight away.
Loss of Appetite
Dogs are notorious eaters. If you notice that your dog loses its appetite, this could signify a bigger problem. A stomach upset, other disease, tapeworms or even some form of glandular issue could all contribute to making your pet avoid eating as much as they used to. As dogs age, they tend to eat less and less, but if you’ve noticed your otherwise ravenous dog is now regularly skipping meals, and attempting to change the diet or feeding them treat hasn’t worked, then a qualified animal health care professional should be able to identify the issue, and give you just cause for treatment regarding their diet.
Everyone wants to look after their dog, but not everyone has the practical knowledge necessary to understand what could be wrong with their pet. Make sure you contact a reasonable vet and register with them for the moment that you need them in an emergency.