Posted 25th August by Peter Byrne
Tomorrow (26th August) will be National Dog Day, the chance to celebrate man's best friend
However, it remains crucial to remember the roll we play in ensuring our pets remain as healthy as possible. Whilst they cannot tell us exactly what's wrong verbally, there are some clear signs to keep an eye out for.
Bad breath can be caused by a number of things, including dental or gum disease, many of which will need addressing at an early stage without any invasive procedures needing to be performed. If your pet suffers with bad breath, a check-up with your veterinary nurse or surgeon could save you money in the long term by identifying any issues quickly. Not all problems can be spotted simply by lifting the lips and checking the teeth and gums - you should always involve a professional to help you identify the problem.
A sloppy stool is a dog owner's nightmare, and there are a number of causes which could lead to an upset stomach. Dogs, like humans, can suffer from stress, be it a house move or a bereaved companion which can link to their digestion. However, if there have not been any significant lifestyle changes, or the problem persists, you should seek a veterinary opinion, as many things can cause diarrhoea or loose stools, including parasites, ingesting foreign materials, infections or diet.
Dull fur, dry or itchy skin
Many pets will suffer from poor coat condition, dry or itchy skin. In many cases, a more natural diet could help to improve these conditions, along with improving their general wellbeing.
Change in activity levels
Animals suffering with hyperactivity can prove an exhausting challenge for any owner. Dogs and cats all have their own personalities but a big factor in a dog's temperament is their diet. Like humans, if diet or treats are unhealthy, this could cause unwanted behaviours and hyperactivity. If this persists, you should consider a more natural approach to their diet.
Lack of appetite
We're able to tell when something's wrong with us, and pets are exactly the same. A lack of appetite can be down to a number of factors, from a change in routine to a stomach bug. You should consider alternative feeding options and unusual flavours, but, if the problem persists for a few days, you should consult your veterinary practice.
Craig Taylor, managing director at Nature's Menu, said: "We wanted to highlight the importance of looking after the health of our pets, just as we do our own wellbeing and thought National Dog Day was the perfect opportunity. Signs of a pet being unwell are often harder to spot than in humans and they obviously can’t tell us how they are feeling!"
"All owners want the best for their pet, so these tips are a great way to help spot any problems from the offset. We’ve found with many of the pets fed on a natural diet that owners see a drastic difference within days, so it’s certainly something to consider if you think your dog may benefit".
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