In day to day life with our pets, we sometimes easily dismiss or shrug off some odd behavior or unusual physical change we notice in them. However, we should be aware that some situations need proper medical attention.

Here are the top 10 common signs that you may need to bring your dog to the vet for proper examination and attention:

1. Unusual eating habits

It is not unusual for dogs to sometimes skip a meal or two, but if your dog has not had something to eat or drink for at least a whole day, there might be a bigger underlying problem in his digestive system. The vet would be in the best position to determine what may be wrong internally.

2. Vomiting

It is normal for dogs to throw up especially if they ingested a foreign object, but excessive vomiting is worrisome. This means that they have consistently been throwing up what they have been eating, or if there is blood in their vomit. Be more aware if your dog has been rummaging through the trash and might have ingested something bad, or if his collar is too tight that it constricts his throat. Giving him a well-fitting dog collar is one simple way to avoid this.

3. Excessive thirst

It is important to observe the water intake of your dog. If it seems excessive, it may be a sign of diabetes or underlying problems in the kidney. If they also pee more often or pee an excessive amount of urine, it may be pointing to a situation with their bladder or excretory system.

4. Dry coat

If your dog’s coat suddenly goes dry or loses its luster, there may be something happening more than skin deep. This may be a sign of an allergy or other skin conditions, especially when accompanied by rough patches, bald spots, falling fur, or red and itchy skin.

5. Lethargy

If your otherwise energetic and happy dog suddenly does not want to stand up or walk, you know there is something troubling him. In instances of sluggishness, always check his temperature first for fever. Whether the fever is high or not, if he continues to be lethargic for more than 48 hours, it is better to head to the vet for proper diagnosis.

6. Changes in stool

Healthy poop is usually dry and firm. If your dog’s stool is unusual in color, size, or odor, it would be good to have it examined in the vet’s lab. Other definite red flags are blood in the stool and the presence of worms or other visible organisms. Dogs can also experience diarrhea or excessive, watery stool.

7. Sudden weight loss

If you notice that your otherwise healthy dog suddenly loses weight for no apparent reason, better bring him to the vet for some tests. A good rule of thumb in determining alarming weight loss is a decrease of around 10 percent. Bear in mind that in small dogs, this may mean as little as 1 pound.

8. Red eyes

Cloudy or red eyes may be a sign of an infection or an injury. Eyes are a delicate body part, and so it would be best to bring your dog to the vet for proper attention.

9. Itchy rear

If your dog scoots his rear across the ground more often than usual, it may be a sign of skin disease on his rump or a problem with his poop such as worms. His anal sac might also need to be checked for infection or may need to be drained.

10. Other emergency situations

If your dog encountered a physical accident such as a hard fall, a hit, or a bump, it would be best to make an emergency trip to the vet. Other important conditions are a major wound, visible seizures or tremors, or completely halted breathing.

Pets are a beloved member of our families, and as such we all seek to provide them the best in terms of healthcare. It is important to keep in mind these warning signs and symptoms so that we may address any serious medical condition as early as possible.

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