Soon after you become a puppy parent you learn that they pretty much take center stage. Your days are built around potty breaks, feeding, walks, play and of course awesome cuddles. With all this attention they get you are sure to notice when they are feeling off. And that’s when the panic can start. Is your baby puppy sick? Will they be okay? After all, they are so young and tiny and it’s easy to get worried. Luckily, there are some signs to look for and things you should do that can help in case your puppy gets sick.
6 signs to look for and what you should do if you notice them:
1. Loss of Appetite
This is one of the first signs you will notice since growing puppies usually eat 3-4 times a day. Occasionally, anxiety from moving or a change in the house can curb their desire to eat. Also, make sure to take note of how many in-between-meal treats they are getting. However, if after you have tried coaxing them into eating and they still refuse to eat it could be something serious. This is especially true if they aren’t drinking as much either. Contact your vet and have them checked to make sure there isn’t an underlying condition.
Again, this is something the can also be caused by anxiety or stress, but usually it is a virus or a parasite. Contact your vet if they have diarrhea for more than one day or immediately if it has blood in it.
It is possible this is because your puppy is eating too fast. If you notice them scarfing down their food, try feeding them smaller meals more frequently. Also, you can put a tennis ball in the bowl so they have to work around the ball to get the food which slows them down. However, if persists or has blood in it, then make sure they see a vet as soon as possible.
Puppies take a lot of naps, but they are also full of energy when they are awake. If you notice that your puppy is lacking enthusiasm and just wants to lay around contact your vet. They could be suffering from numerous viruses or bacterial infections.
5. Licking or scratching
If you notice excess licking or itching and scratching then your puppy could be suffering from allergies, a rash or fungal infection. This can usually be can be cured with antihistamines and ointments. However, contact your vet to make sure it isn’t something more serious before you try treatment at home.
This is more than just getting dizzy from chasing their tails. Your puppy may be suffering from low blood sugar or dehydration. When this occurs you may see them walking listlessly and drunkenly. Try rubbing karo syrup on their gums and give them water to see if that helps. If the symptoms continue contact your vet.
We love our puppies and we often worry if they are growing up healthy. If anything ever seems out of the ordinary with your dog then the safe bet is to always contact your vet. Some serious illness can turn south quickly so it’s best to have them checked out by a professional.