Since dogs obviously can’t tell us when they’re not feeling well, it’s important to be aware of signs you dog is sick, so you can come to their rescue, and take them to a vet when necessary. For many dogs, signs of illness will look the same — they won’t want to eat or play, they’ll have diarrhea, etc. — but any type of change is worth noting, and looking into.

If you’re familiar with your dog’s personality and their day-to-day activities, it’ll be easier to spot changes as they happen, and the moment they seem “off” or start acting different, you should start thinking about your next move. “As pet parents, it is our responsibility to provide care as needed to minimize pain and distress,”  Robert Trimble DVM, co-founder & Head of Veterinary Services at Fuzzy, tells Petsofy.

When your dog isn’t feeling well, it never hurts to bring them to the vet for a check up. “It’s better to be overly cautious than not cautious enough,” Trimble says. But it’s also obviously a good idea to do everything you can to prevent illness from happening in the first place, by following a few simple tips from your vet.

“One of the easiest ways to provide the best care for our pets is to have a veterinarian perform a physical exam twice yearly, provide preventative vaccinations, and administer anti-parasitics (flea preventative, heart worm preventative, and intestinal parasite treatment) to deter easily preventable diseases,” Trimble says. But if any health concerns arise between appointments, definitely speak up. Here are a few signs that your Dog might be feeling ill, so you’ll know when to take them to the vet.

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