5 Signs of Illness in Your Pet

Do you know the signs of illness in your pet?  You may be very in tune with our dog’s mannerisms and behaviors but do you think you would know if he was sick?  Often times pet parents overlook symptoms of illness in their pets or try to rationalize the ones they do not understand.  Armed with a few key pointers, you will be adequately equipped to identify the signs of illness in your pet.  Ready? 

Signs of Illness in Your Pet

Change in eating habits.  If your pet has lost his appetite, he may be suffering from an underlying illness or be in pain.  A lack of, or an increase of, appetite should be cause for alarm.  Just like us, pets will stop eating if they are not feeling well. On the other hand, they may eat more to help ease their pain – sort of like self-medicating.

Change in weight.  If your pet has lost weight or gained weight suddenly, you should make a beeline for the vet’s office.  While any weight change should be cause for concern, a sudden change means something is just not right.  Weight changes are a symptom of many underlying diseases.  Prompt attention could very well save your pet’s life or at least brighten the prognosis.

Change in social habits.  If your pet is interacting less with you or isolating himself, he is probably not feeling well.  A pet that is sick or in pain will shy away from human touch and may even show signs of aggression.  You should not ignore these signs.  Like any other change in behavior, there is more than likely reason for it.

Change in sleeping patterns.  While dogs are known to sleep a lot, any significant increase in sleep should be duly noted.  On the other hand, a dog that sleeps less or paces extensively during the night instead of sleeping may be unable to get comfortable due to pain.  It could be the result of illness or injury.

Change in potty habits. If your dog is housebroken yet begins to have accidents inside the house, there might be something going on.  Do not make the mistake of thinking that he is paying you back for something or that he is mad at you. He may, instead, be sick.  Many illnesses go hand in hand with bladder control issues, so address the issue right away.  Additionally, excessive urination and repeated bouts of constipation or diarrhea should be looked into because they can signify health issues. 

What Should You Do?

If your pet is exhibiting any of these or any other changes, take a trip to the vet.  Remember, being weak in the wild makes animals susceptible to their predators, so pets often mask their pain or illness. Detecting it in your pet may not always be simple.  Be aware of any changes.