9 Unusual Signs That May or May Not Be Healthy for Your Dog

You can only feel the sheer wholesomeness of love for dogs after getting home a pet, and once you do, it will become a beloved member of your family and your foremost priority whose health and safety would always come first. While regular health check-ups and timely doses of vaccines are of utmost importance, dogs often tend to behave in certain unusual ways that should be looked out for.

It goes without saying that the last thing you want is for your beloved pawed buddy to fall sick because of illnesses you were not aware of. Depending on the kind of breed you own, you should always be able to notice when your dog is behaving in an unnatural way. Always make sure to watch out for these 9 unusual signs that may not be healthy for your dog:

  1. change in eating cycle – Just like humans, dogs form a routine during the day, based on the different hours they are fed. They take very little time to get habituated to certain eating hours and if your dog is turning away from his plate of the meal, there have to be some serious issues. It could be anything from digestive issues to serious health concerns.
  2. Rapid breathing – In general, dogs breathe heavily. Even from a given distance, you can easily listen to the mystifying heavy panting. However, if your dog has trouble breathing or starts rapidly breathing after short spans of walking or running, it could be an alarming sign indicating obesity. Dogs can even face difficulties in breathing if they catch a cold.
  3. Irregular movement or balance issues – If your dog suddenly starts losing balance while walking or starts limping out of the blue, he could stand a chance to hurt his leg or grow an infection inside his paw or have a muscle injury, etc. Further, balance issues could also mean neurological complications.
  4. Too much or too little drinking – Needless to say, both are unusual signs that could lead to deeper problems. Not drinking enough water often leads to unclear urine that can take a severe toll on your dog’s kidney and even blood sugar level.
  5. Lethargy – Dogs often tend to take on their master’s traits when it comes to habits and practices. So you can expect your dog to be wild and spontaneous if you are into exercising and body fitness. Similarly, your dog will lack energy if you tend to laze around him for long hours. Certain breeds of dogs often become lethargic and lose their general interest in pastime activities if they are not regularly trained or interacted with in a playful manner. Lethargy could also be a sign of illness or physical hurting.
  6. Red Eyes – Do you know what a cherry eye in a dog is? It is a prolapsed gland. It occurs after the tear gland in a dog's third eyelid becomes inflamed. Infections can cause redness and irritation in your dog’s eyes and if it is producing excessive tears or mucus, you should get them to the clinic as soon as possible. Like us, even dogs get scratches on their eyeballs leading to severe injuries in the cornea.
  7. Change in the colour of stool – Vomiting after eating their meal is not as alarming as the other mentioned symptoms, until it becomes a chronic habit. Regular vomiting and change in stool colour can be caused due to disorders in the digestive system. Issues such as digestive inflammation, allergies, tape worms, etc can cause vomiting too.
  8. Rashes and shedding of fur – Shedding fur is one of the most common traits of dogs that most pet owners don’t pay heed to. However, excessive shedding could call for your dog’s health related troubles as it could be caused by ticks or lice. Skin rashes often occur due to unclean living conditions or allergic food. Whatever might the reason be, you should take your dog to the vet as soon as you spot any unusual red patch on your dog’s skin.
  9. Aggressiveness – Dogs are one of the world’s friendliest creatures when trained properly. They can be described as a bundle of joy who would always appreciate a petting and belly rubbing session after every passing minute. Although, behaviour changes or sudden aggression might indicate some sort of mental, physical or emotional disturbance. Temperamental issues aside, dogs usually don’t tend to show aggression like barking loudly, growling, etc., unless they are extremely uncomfortable about something.


These unusual occurrences might seem minute in general, but what needs to be understood is that all red flags don’t come bearing a warning. If your beloved pawed partner shows any of these unusual signs, the first thing you need to do is contact a professional veterinarian doctor.

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