ownership comes with responsibilities and one
of them is to learn how to tell if your dog is
fine or is probably sick with illness. I have
come to know many dog owners who are not aware
of early signs of health problems and when they
have found out, it becomes more challenging to
heal the condition. To prevent that from happening
to your pet, read on to get yourself more intune
with Shadow’s health condition.
Are the gums pink?
A Healthy dog should have a deep pink gum. When
you press your thumb on the gum, the pink should
return in 2 seconds after lifting your thumb.
Very pale gums are signs of illness such as poor
circulation. Bluish gums is life threatening and
shows lack of oxygen. Bright red gums is also
a bad sign as it means overheating or some other
poisoning. Do bring Shadow to the vet immediately
if gums are not looking good.
Is she eating less then normal amounts?
Like humans, dogs who are not feeling well will
have poor appetite. They either eat very little
or do not have thte appetite to eat at all and
overtime, this can cause weight loss and lack
of proper nutrition. A thorough vet check should
Is she acting differently?
If you observe that Shadow is lethargic, acting
strange or not their usual self in terms of activity
levels, reaction to your calls and even physcial
difference (e.g. bloating, loss of hair suddenly,
vomitting, etc), do bring Shadow to the vet immediately.
Some conditions are life threatening if not adressed
Drinking or urinating normally?
If Shadow is drinking more excessively even with
similar activity level, it is an indication that
something could be wrong with her kidneys or she
could be diabetic. Run a thorough health check
on her quickly with your vet. Urinating blood
could mean an infection or Shadow is harbouring
kidney stones and if Shadow is not urinating at
all, pls call the vet in or visit the vet immediately
as this could be life threatening!
Shadow having diarrhea?
Having loose stool is quite common especially
when you have just changed Shadow’s diet
or when you have fed him something in her stomach
is unable to handle. Observe the stool, if it
goes away quickly after one day, he is fine, just
give him more water to drink to avoid dehydration
and add sprinkle some sea-salt in her next meals
to supplement some minerals she lost. If there
is blood in the stool, do bring her to the vet
for a check as it could mean intestinal problem.
Coughing more then usual?
Dog heck once a while to remove hairballs especially
for longer haired coat dogs. However if Shadow
is coughing excessively for a few days already,
do bring him to the vet as he could be having
kennel cough. Kennel cough virus is air-borne
and it is spread from having close contact with
dogs who are sick with the cough.
Is she Scooting or licking it’s rear?
Dogs have anal sacs which contain brown fluid
that is discharged normally after excretion or
fright. If normal excretion is unable to excrete
this brownish discharge, it may start to get bigger
and uncomfortable for Shadow and that explains
the Scooting or licking behaviour. If you are
not confident to excrete the anal sacs, do bring
Shadow to the vet and asked your vet to teach
you how to perform should it be necessary again.
It will be good to learn as this could be a long
term issue for some dogs.