Many of us consider pets to be one of our family members/best friend. To make sure that they stay healthy and active, we need to take them regularly to vets and also give them personal attention at home. Owning a dog is not only a joy but also a responsibility. Animals often communicate their state of health through certain signs, especially dogs. So, as dog owners, it is imperative that we keep a lookout for the following dog signs.

Heavy panting

It is usual for dogs to pant during the summer season, especially after chasing toys, running around the house or after spending time outdoors. Many dogs are known for their panting ability, but it is vital to understand the difference between normal and heavy panting.

Heavy panting usually occurs when your pet struggles with deep and laboured breathing and lasts longer than normal panting. Panting is also a cooling mechanism for dogs to cool down in summer. Heavy breathing is one of the dog signs for poisoning, heatstroke, Cushing’s disease, heart failure, pneumonia, or lung tumours.


While dog breeds like boxers, bloodhounds, mastiffs or Saint Bernards are known for their drooling, it is also one of the dog signs that should not be ignored. Sudden and excessive drooling might be a sign of oral problems such as periodontitis or a tooth abscess. It may also be from chomping down too hard or might be a neurological symptom.

Bleeding or irritation of paws

Taking care of your dog’s paws is vital, and one should pay immediate attention if they are limping, bleeding or constantly licking the feet. If there are mild abrasions, then clean the foot with cold water and apply anti-bacterial cream and bandage the wound. Keep changing the bandage daily until it has healed. However, if the wound has not healed, then it is better to visit a pet immediately.

Consumption of water and behavioural change

One of the common dog signs is excessive intake of water. If your pet is drinking too much water or is turning away from meal times, then it is a symptom. Your pet may be suffering from kidney failure, Cushing’s disease or diabetes. Some other dog signs of behavioural changes are

  • Unprovoked aggression,
  • Moodiness,
  • Erratic temperament,
  • Hyperactivity,
  • Fearfulness,
  • Anxiety,
  • Submissiveness, s
  • Sudden onset of seizures, or inactivity and so on.

These symptoms are often linked to thyroid, skin diseases, cancer or an injury.

Change in odour

There is a common misconception that a pet’s odour increases with its age. But so not is the case, healthy pets do not smell. If you notice bad breath, stinky ears and skin and so on, then it is a sure sign of ill-health. Give your dog immediate medical attention and make sure your dog is comfortable at home.

Watch out for these subtle dog signs in your pet, and give them immediate medical attention when start noticing these signs. Make memorable memories with your furry friend and use Odo-rite to create a safe and non-toxic environment for your pet.