If there’s one thing that makes me cringe when reading a forum, it’s when someone has come on and described what could be a fairly serious health problem for their dog or puppy and other members are providing input as to what it could be and what the owner should do.
A recent one was a dog owner describing how her puppy was listless and the pup’s urine was very dark brown. Participants joined in with theories about the possible causes of the abnormally colored urine.
Maybe I’m simple-minded, but there was only one appropriate message for this puppy owner: “Take your dog to the vet right now!”
Here are 10 signs your puppy needs a trip to the veterinarian.
- Diarrhea, vomiting, or constipation.
- Fever. A puppy’s temperature should be 100 – 102.5 degrees. The temperature of newborn puppies is lower (about 94 degrees) and it gradually increases over time.
- Refusing food or water.
- Signs of pain (whines, cries, bites/snaps if touched, can’t move, limps, won’t get up).
- Breathing problems, such as wheezing, coughing, panting, or gagging.
- Discharge from the eyes or nose.
- Urine/bladder problems (straining to urinate, bloody urine, abnormally colored urine, or excessive urination).
- Injuries (swelling, cuts, bleeding, or puncture wounds).
- Activity level changes (very hyperactive behavior or lethargic/listless behavior).
- Unusual odor from the mouth or ears.
Readers, are there any other signs I’ve missed? Share your thoughts in the comments.