This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Kari Oakley
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Knowing what to do when your Dog is Sick
Our four-legged fur babies are very important to us. Knowing what to do if they are ill is a must. We all love our pets and want them to be happy and healthy. Pet owners that are natural
worriers find themselves wondering if they will know when something is wrong. These
individuals tend to call and take their dogs to the vet every time they think he or she doesn’t feel well. There is nothing wrong with taking your dog to the vet often or even calling the vet often. Most veterinarian offices encourage pet owners to call and have after hours helplines. But, pet owners might rest better if they understand what signs and symptoms to look for and when to call the vet. On the other hand, a person might be the type that feels that their dog will show them when he or she is sick. These people can miss slight signs that the dog is feeling poorly until he or she is really bad sick. A person should learn the subtle signs that their dog is becoming ill.
At times it is is ill or injured. Dogs can’t communicate with humans in speech, therefore we must rely on their behaviors and actions to inform us. A dog’s owner
knows him or her best, so the owner may be able to tell something is wrong before anyone else.
Individuals that do not interact with the dog every day might not notice these changes. A few
signs to watch for that could indicate your dog needs to see a veterinarian are blue, white, or pale gums, difficulty breathing, loss of consciousness, lethargy, or imbalance when walking. Those are not the only signs but they are signs to immediately seeking veterinarian care. If in doubt do not wait you do not want your pet to become seriously ill if preventable. Of course, if your dog is unresponsive take him or her to the veterinarian or emergency clinic immediately. Dogs can show some of the same signs a child can when they are becoming ill.
Have a good network of other dog owners, they can assist you in knowing when and when not
to call the veterinarian. Following a blog such as Dr. Marty is also a good source of information. Dr. Marty has information on what conditions need to seek veterinarian care and what to look for. He also has information and a variety of other pet-related conditions. If you are unsure if your dog is becoming ill you might check out his blog for guidance.
Maintaining your dog’s optimal health can prevent visits to the veterinarian. Keeping your dog
on a healthy balanced diet can ensure he stays healthy. Frequent grooming and nail care are also recommended. Dogs with long coats can have skin conditions that can turn into serious illnesses when undetected. Poor gut health can also turn into a serious illness if your dog is not
receiving proper nutrition. Much like children dogs can also get upset tummies, common colds,
and allergies. After the initial visit for these ailments, your veterinarian will most likely prepare you for if it happens again so that you don’t have to go to the office. As dogs become seniors they usually require more care. They also need more frequent visits to the veterinarian’s office. When your dog becomes a senior in age your veterinarian could possibly put him on a wellness check-up schedule. There is also lots of information on senior dogs on blogs. Most dog owners keep their pets on schedules as they would their children.
Kari Oakley gained a love for fitness and animals as a young girl in Wisconsin. She spent each summer on some type of adventure, either a day at the lake with her family or just hiking with her friends. She took her love for fitness with her through college to get her degree in Kinesiology (Exercise Science). She has been working as a personal trainer/life coach in the Chicago area for the past 3 years. She has recently decided to share her passions with lower income schools in Chicago to help children develop a knowledge and love for fitness. When Kari started working with the kids in Chicago, she decided she wanted to share her knowledge and passion with as many people as possible. She has been freelance writing alongside ever since.