Three things to look out for that could save your dog's life

If your dog isn't acting like its usual bouncy self, it could be a sign that there's something wrong.

Friday, 17th June 2016, 11:40 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:00 pm

But how do you know when you should keep a wary eye and wait for things to settle down and when you should seek medical attention?

Here are three symptoms that you should never leave to chance:

Vomiting and Diarrhoea - Vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs can have many causes - just as it does in humans. Often it’s nothing to worry about, but if your pet vomits or has diarrhoea more than three times in 24 hours - particularly if it appears to be off food and drink - speak to your vet straight away.

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Bloat - A common term for a condition called gastric dilation-volvulus - is a frightening and life-threatening illness. If your pet has a painful or bloated stomach and any of the following symptoms - Dry heaving, Retching, Weakness/lethargy, Difficulty breathing, anxiety or restlessness or if they collapse - head straight for your nearest veterinary practice.

Changes in gum colour - The colour of your dog’s gums can be an indicator of overall health. Blue gums can mean the dog lacks oxygen, white can be a sign of lost blood - which if no wound is visible could mean internal bleeding - red or inflamed gums can be a sign of infection or poisoning and purple/ grey colouring could be a sign your pet is in shock. If your dog has black gums naturally, you can perform the same test on the inside of its eyelids.

Most importantly, trust your instincts. You know your dog and you know if something isn’t right.