7. Prolonged Lethargy
Showing signs of low energy and tiredness after a busy day or a long run at the park is nothing to worry about. Proper rest and sleep will help your pet recover.
But a consistent drop in your dog’s energy level is not a good sign. Prolonged lethargy combined with reduced exercise tolerance or general weakness is a strong sign that your pet isn’t feeling well.
Prolonged lethargy can indicate several serious medical conditions, including heart disease, parvovirus, distemper, kennel cough, heartworm disease, liver disease, diabetes and hypoglycemia.
Unusually low energy levels, over two or three days, should be checked with a vet.
Just like low energy levels, extremely high levels of energy can also be a problem that needs medical attention.
8. Excessive Drooling or Bad Breath
Excessive drooling or bad breath is another sign that your furry friend is not well. In fact, it may indicate some kind of oral problem.
Bad breath is caused by the bacteria that form plaque on your pet’s teeth. Your dog may even have trouble chewing.
It’s important to find out the exact cause of bad breath immediately and resolve it. If not treated timely, the harmful bacteria can travel into the nasal passages and sinuses, leading to respiratory problems.
If the bacteria make their way into the bloodstream, they can cause liver, kidney or heart problems.
Make sure to brush your dog’s teeth daily and give him treats or toys made especially for dental hygiene. If you can’t brush your dog’s teeth for any reason, get them cleaned regularly by a professional.