Some That Are Not So Obvious

We all try really hard to be aware of the health of our puppy dogs.

With being an intuitive dog owner you will have a “leg up”, so to speak, over your friends and their furry family members.

Being intuitive around your puppy dog you will pick up signs that there may be issues so that you can take care of them right away!

This can save you thousands of dollars in Vet care and possibly save your puppy dogs life!

**Remember, while some minor issues can be managed at home with proper care and attention, it's always best to consult with a professional for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Here are a few signs to look out for…

🐾🐾Changes in Appetite or Water Consumption

A significant decrease or increase in appetite or water consumption can be a sign of illness.

If your puppy is not eating or drinking as usual for more than a day, it's time to consult the vet.

Even though in some cases a puppy dog can go without food for 24 hours, it is critical that they still consume water.

You will not want to get into a dehydration situation especially if your dog is still a puppy.

Puppies can dehydrate so fast. No need to panic if you are practicing awareness, which is the key!

🐶🐶Unusual Behavior or Lethargy

If your normally playful puppy is suddenly lethargic, uninterested in usual activities, or showing signs of unusual behavior such as excessive aggression, it could indicate something is wrong.

Think back to the last meal and water your puppy had.

When was the last time your puppy went out to pee and poo?

 Has it been a while?

You may have to take time and really focus on your puppy dog.

Offer an opportunity to go outside to go potty.

Now this may gross out some folks, however, you will need to watch when your puppy pees; are they straining to go?

Is the pee a little darker in color?

Take mental notes because when you call your Vet they will want to know.

How about the poo?

Soft, mushy, or firm, if your puppy can go at all. The Vet will need to know this as well.

As soon as the potty adventure is complete, call your Vet with all the information you collected. They will decide the next course of action for you.

Be sure to remain calm. Your puppy needs your calmness and strength.

🐕🐕Vomiting or Diarrhea

Occasional vomiting or diarrhea can happen, but if it persists for more than a day or is accompanied by other symptoms like lethargy, it's best to get with a Vet as soon as you can. Again, like the step above, make mental knows so you can share as this will be valuable information for your Vet.

🐾🐾Coughing, Wheezing, or Difficulty Breathing

Coughing: don’t freak out if they need to clear their airway.

 Perhaps a small piece of food is stuck and they need to hack it up. Just be aware that if it continues and becomes severe call your Vet right away.

Wheezing can be a sign of allergies so check in with your Vet as you may need to get them in to get checked out.

Again, make mental notes (or physical ones), of perhaps access to a freshly mowed lawn, trees producing pollen, or neighbors spraying pesticides.

These symptoms can indicate respiratory issues or infections that require immediate veterinary attention.

The last one “difficulty breathing” may need a rush to your emergency Vet.

Do not hesitate to put your puppy dog in your vehicle and head out.

Again, your awareness could save your puppy dogs life.

🐶🐶Unexplained Weight Loss or Gain

Rapid weight changes without a change in diet or activity level should be checked by a Vet to rule out underlying health issues.

You can utilize perhaps your notes app on your phone to keep track of when and how much your dog weighed last.

Two ways to “see” fast weight loss in a dog is in their face, very similar to a human.

Unexplained weight gain can happen over time, and when it does, more than likely because you are now becoming an intuitive dog owner, you will know why.

So many dog owners had their puppy dogs on a diet right after the world emerged from C-19 lockdown.

Stress, lifestyle changes, moving, a new family member; all of these are “explained”.

It’s the weight gain that is discovered because of your awareness and you stop to wonder why… Those are the unexplained ones.

🐾🐾Difficulty Urinating or Defecating

Straining to urinate or defecate, or changes in the frequency or appearance of urine or feces, can indicate digestive or urinary tract issues as mentioned above are all causes for concern. Make a note and call your Vet.

🐕🐕Persistent Itching or Skin Changes

Excessive scratching, bald patches, or changes in the skin or coat can indicate allergies or skin infections that may require treatment.

Or it could be “visitors” that hopped on for a free lunch.

Again your awareness and observation are important here.

 You may not have to go see your Vet, but a phone call may save you more time than researching on Google.

🐾🐾Limping or Difficulty Moving

If your puppy is limping, reluctant to move, or showing signs of pain when touched, they could have an injury or joint issue.

Call you Vet right away and get in as soon as possible!

🐶🐶Bad Breath or Dental Issues

Bad breath, excessive drooling, or difficulty eating can signal dental problems that need veterinary care.

Being an intuitive dog owner, you will be able to catch these signs soon so that you will be able to take care of the issues sooner than later.

🐕🐕Unusual Lumps or Swellings

Any new lumps, bumps, or swellings should be checked by a Vet to rule out infections or more serious conditions.

This one, folks miss quite often, but don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s an easy one to miss unless you are focused on the physical care of your puppy dog.

Weekly grooming will help with this immensely. Being very present while brushing their coat you will be able to feel and notice things different about their bodies.

And if you do, don’t panic, just give your vet a call and describe what you have discovered.

The only time it’s an emergency is when there is a swelling that is coming on fast. Get to your emergency Vet right away!

🐾🐾🏡 Treating at Home vs. Taking to the Vet

🏡At Home

Minor cuts, mild diarrhea, or temporary lethargy due to overexertion can often be monitored and treated at home.

 Ensure your puppy stays hydrated, rested, and avoid overfeeding.

Make notes of everything.

🐶🐶Vet Visit

For any persistent, worsening, or severe symptoms, or if you're unsure about the severity of your puppy's condition, always err on the side of caution and consult your Vet.

Early detection and treatment can prevent more serious health issues.

Remember, you know your puppy best.

Trust your intuition—if something seems off, it's better to be safe and seek professional advice.

Building a harmonious bond with your puppy includes being attentive to their health and well-being.

Remember, if you need a one-to-one consultation on this topic in regard to your puppy dog, don’t hesitate to reach out for a chat.

Your Intuitive Dog Coach