Doctors Say Knowing These 11 Symptoms Could Save Your Dog’s Life

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trouble urinating
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There are many reasons why your dog might be making frequent failed attempts to urinate, but some of them certainly are serious enough to warrant a trip to the vet.

Dr. Justine Lee writes, “If you own a male dog, [these] symptoms can mean bladder stones or other obstructions. Your vet can remove the blockage or operate if needed.”

Another thing to keep an eye on is blood in the urine. This could be a sign of those same bladder stones, as well as cancer or an infection. If you observe blood, a trip to the vet is absolutely necessary.

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Just as with people, difficulty breathing is a serious symptom that requires immediate medical attention.

Dr. Ernest E. Ward, Jr. writes that if your dog is “panting more than normal, fatigues easily, or suddenly has loud or noisy breathing, it should be examined by your veterinarian immediately. Heart and lung disease, infections, obstructions, and more can cause sudden breathing problems.”

Difficulty breathing can lead to not enough oxygen reaching your dog’s tissue and major organs, and heart failure is certainly a possible result.

dog symptoms you should never ignore red eyes
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Redness in the whites of your dog’s eyes could be a sign of a much bigger problem.

Dr. Karen Becker writes, “If the white area of your dog’s eye turns bright red, it’s a sign of inflammation or infection that signals one of several diseases. Certain disorders of the eye can lead to blindness, so any significant change in the appearance of your dog’s eyes should be investigated.”

Besides an eye infection, possible causes could be glaucoma or an eye socket disorder. It is crucial that a veterinarian takes a look at your dog’s eyes to determine what is wrong.

dog symptoms you should never ignore restlessness
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Restless behavior in your dog could be their way of telling you that something is wrong. This restlessness could include whining, looking scared, shaking, or pacing.

Dr. Krista Vernaleken writes, “These symptoms could be a sign of some very serious illness.” While the restlessness itself isn’t necessarily caused by the disease, it can be your dog’s way of indicating that they don’t feel like their normal selves. This can create a sense of anxiety in them.

Whether your dog is in pain or just general discomfort, you will want to have a vet check them out to find the cause.

dog symptoms you should never ignore vomiting
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Vomiting might be something you’ve grown accustomed to as a pet owner. In fact, occasional vomiting shouldn’t be a large cause for concern. But if it becomes much more frequent, like three or more times per day, it is time for a trip to the vet.

Dr. Ernest E. Ward, Jr. writes, “Don’t take a chance that your pet is suffering from intestinal obstruction, infection, pancreatitis, liver or kidney disease, hormonal imbalance, or worse. The sooner your pet is diagnosed and treated, the better (and less costly) the treatment.”

Again, if frequent vomiting is present, particularly when accompanied by other symptoms, it is best to seek medical advice.

Knowing the different symptoms that require a trip to the vet should not be a cause for alarm. But it is very important to keep an eye out for any of these. Your loving dog is depending on you to do so.

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