7 Warning Signs Your Dog Needs to Go to the Veterinarian

Change in Eating Habits

A visit to the vet is warranted if your pet dog's typical eating routine changes. Your dog may be displaying symptoms of digestive problems or a significant intestinal obstruction that might require surgery if he starts to show distaste for regular food or treats.

Drinking a Lot or Too Little

Inadequate hydration or inability to urinate may also be signs of stomach problems. A vet should examine your dog for diabetes or kidney problems if they are drinking and urinating excessively.

Difficult or Rapid Breathing

All dogs sweat on hot days and after exertion, but after a short period of rest or when the weather cools down again, they shouldn't have any breathing difficulties. Even though your dog might just be suffering from a cold or allergies of some sort.

Vomiting or Changes in Stool

If they get diarrhea or throw up their meal once, as long as it passes quickly and doesn't become a persistent issue, there's no need to panic.

Lack of Energy or Lethargy

If your dog seems lethargic or generally uninterested in engaging in more energetic activities, it may be an indication of an illness or a medical issue that is causing them pain. This is particularly concerning for young dogs and puppies.

Poor Balance or Difficulty With Regular Movement

Schedule a visit with the veterinarian as soon as you notice any changes in your companion dog's gait, balance, or mobility.

Irritated, Weeping or Red Eyes

Irritatants and infections can alter the appearance of your dog's eyes. You should definitely get them checked out at the doctor if they are red, tearing, or releasing a lot of mucus. A corneal scrape or other damage is another possibility.