Aches &  sicknesses of a general nature that dogs often suffer.

by Dennis Fisher

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 It's very difficult for  dog owners, especially those who have not had a great deal of experience with dogs, to know when it is necessary to take a dog immediately to the nearest Veterinarian for treatment.   There are a many minor conditions that will probably clear up in their own without medical treatment.

It is fairly common for a dog to go off its food for a day.  If the dog shows no other symptoms of distress then the condition will probably disappear the following day and there is no need to rush off to the Veterinarian.  If the condition persist however,  for more than day and the dog still does not eat – especially if it is a young pup, it would be wise to take the dog to your Veterinarian  for a check-up.

Lameness is  a condition that can suddenly appear one day and disappear the next day.  If the lameness is not acute and the animal shows no obvious sign of severe pain, it is probably safe to lwatch the dog carefully for a day and then re-assess the situation.

Vomiting, from eating grass, is another condition that usually does not require immediate attention.  It is a fairly common practice with dogs.  Very often  the dog has vomited the grass it has eaten it will be quite prepared to eat a meal.

Here again you will have to use your discretion.  If the attempts to vomit persist, with no result, the vomiting may be due to some obstruction in the throat.  Obviously, in a case like this, unless you are able to  see the obstruction yourself – it may be a splinter of bone – and are able to remove it by thrusting your hand down the dog’s throat, then medical attention is certainly necessary.

The obstruction may be more serious. It may be a blockage in the intestine, in which case medical attention is certainly necessary.

You are very fortunate if your dog happens to be a greedy animal.  If the dog shows no interest in food whatsoever, this is clearly a sign that something serious may be developing.

The same applies to cases of slight diarrhea.   This is also fairly common and usually an anti-diarrhea medicine, obtainable from any pharmacy without prescription, will do the trick.

It is important to observe the dog closely. If the dog shows no sign of distress and is still playful, it is safe to leave the dog for a day or two.

Obviously, if the diarrhea persists a few hours after the medication has been given, and it is a   young pup, then Veterinary advice is necessary.

The golden rule is to be vigilant and watch the animal closely, especially if you are dealing with a young pup.  If you are in any doubt it is certainly better to err on the side of caution.  The golden rule: “Better be safe than sorry” applies to illnesses with dogs as much as it does to humans.