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7 common signs that your dog may be sick 

Not long ago, a worried fan reached out concerning her 1 year old Maltese, Barkley, who started to behave strangely… 

Barkley started running into the couch, acting aggressive toward her, and urinating in the house. She figured it might have been dog depression, so she chose to let it pass.

A few weeks later, her pup's weird behavior only increased… She decided to take Barkley to the vet after he began showing signs of severe pain.

Come to find out her Maltese has diabetes. And good thing she didn't wait any longer to seek medical attention; this could have been fatal.


If your pooch has been extra grouchy lately, this may be an indicator that they're in pain.

A client of ours was experiencing aggression problems with her female cocker spaniel. Tests and examinations showed her to have a tumor on one of her ovaries. Once she got spayed, the dog overcame her behavioral issues.

Being Distant?

Notice anything different? Has your pet been acting weird lately?

If your pet isn't as playful or active as usual, this is a sign that they could be ill. If you see your furry friend hiding and refusing to come out, it could be due to pain. It's best to see a vet for a routine checkup.

Just Won't Eat?

There are many completely harmless reasons why your dog might not want to eat as much as usual – being a picky eater, for example – but it can also be something more serious.

Which is why it's vital to look for a useful veterinary resource if the symptom persists for more than 24 hours.

Acting Sluggish

If your dog is sluggish lately, it can be due to high temperatures. See a vet if symptoms persist for more than two days.

If your dog is still a puppy, a common cause of chronic sluggish behavior could be them fighting an infection like parvo (seek medical attention immediately).

Excessive Thirst & Urinating In The House

Consider your dog's age and previous cleanliness record. If your dog suddenly begins to urinate a lot in small quantities inside the house... I always suggest taking an early morning sample and getting it to the vet for analysis.

Kidney problems, urinary tract infections, and other diseases like diabetes can create excessive thirst and irregular urination.1

Also, female puppies can have an inverted vulva... which is difficult to clean and often gets infected, making them want to urinate more often.

Scratching a Lot?

There are so many reasons why a dog is scratching a lot… could be because of a skin condition or they're bored.

Common reasons for a dog's excessive scratching could stem from allergies to certain foods, pain from a wound, or parasites (fleas & ticks).
Another common cause of excessive scratching is dry skin.

Why Scooting?

Why do dogs drag their rear end on the ground? What could be going on?

If your dog is scooting or dragging their rear on the floor, they may have worms, blocked or infected anal glands, urinary tract infection, or diarrhea.2

Exercise, discipline, and affection... in that order.

Exercise feeds the body, discipline feeds the mind, and affection feeds the heart. Like us, our dogs need a healthy, well-balanced diet combined with routine checkups at the vet.

Don't wait to take your dog to the vet... especially if you're putting it off to avoid bills.

I always hear stories about pet owners not seeing a vet to avoid bills… resulting in long term damage. There are no more excuses anymore to avoid the vet because of finances.

To help make sure your dog gets covered to receive the proper medical attention they deserve.

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