Dogs are playful creatures. However, sometimes they don’t feel their best. There are signs that can help you tell if your dog isn’t feeling his best and what you can do to help him.
How to Tell if Your Dog is Healthy
There are many signs that you can look for when wanting to make sure Max is in tip-top shape.
- His coat is shiny.
Healthy dogs will shed and have a lot of natural oils. This will keep their coat shiny and hydrated.
- His wastes are normal.
If your dog’s stool looks normal and doesn’t contain blood, mucus, or worms, that’s a good indication that he’s healthy. His urine should also be a healthy light yellow. If his urine is dark, he may be dehydrated, which could be a sign of deeper health issues.
- Rover wants to play.
Dogs are man’s best friend, and best friends rarely want to be apart. If your dog begins showing disinterest or becomes reclusive and withdrawn, that’s a sign that he might not be feeling too well. On the other hand, if Max is his usual chipper self, you can rest assured that he’s probably okay and is looking forward to a game of fetch after dinner.
What to do when Your Dog is Sick
Taking your dog to a caring veterinarian is instrumental in his health recovery. If you have a few days before he is to visit the vet, however, there are a few home remedies you can do to help care for him until it becomes time for his vet visit.
- Give him fluids.
If your dog is suffering from vomiting or diarrhea, those fluids need to be replaced. Give your dog flavorless liquids to replace the lost electrolytes. Pediatric or sports drinks work just fine, and although it isn’t yet time for his vet visit, you should still be able to call up your vet and ask what the appropriate dosage for these fluids should be.
Dogs and puppies sometimes get yeast infections. Give them some plain yogurt as a snack or dessert to help balance the bacteria inside of your pooch.
Chamomile tea can be sprayed onto your dog for minor skin irritations. If your dog’s eyes are a little irritated, you can also place a warm tea bag on them to soothe them.
There are telltale signs that will help you know if Rover isn’t feeling well. Knowing the signs of illnesses can help you get your dog well sooner. From yogurt to fluids, there are many things you can do to relieve his afflictions.