Sometimes no matter how much we love or know our pets, when they don’t feel well we might misunderstand their behavior…particularly as they get older and tend to be less lively.
To add to the problem, because they want to please us so much they push themselves to hide their pain and don’t give us a cry or a yelp signal. If you dog doesn’t fell well, here are some “tail” tell signs to look for …
The obvious are diarrhea and vomiting. The not so obvious might include urination or house soiling accidents. (No, your pup may not be acting out; it’s possible he or she is just not well.)
The even more disguised but more dangerous may include:
- a change in sleeping habits or lethargy;
- a desire to mount a family member’s leg (ok … more than the usual);
- a more “needy” desire for attention when that hasn’t previously been part of your dog’s personality;
- changes in behavior — head pressing, pacing, circling, just not being “there” in the same way;
- a difference in eating habits — from wanting more food, to no longer rushing for favorites, to a loss of appetite;
- no longer being in her favorite spots … maybe moving under a table or some other place she didn’t used to go;
- a lack of enthusiasm when she sees you or no longer greeting you at the door;
- a hesitation before going up or down stairs; jumping on or off something …
Never hesitate to call your vet even if it’s just because you “feel something’s not quite right.” You may be onto something that other’s might miss.