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New and experienced pet owners alike frequently turn to the internet for answers about their furry best friend. According to Google trends, these are the top 5 most burning dog-related questions on people’s minds: 

Why Is My Dog Shaking?

Shaking can often be a symptom of fear or anxiety. If your dog is shaking after a stressful encounter or interaction with a stranger, you can help calm your dog by remaining calm. Dogs can be very sensitive and perceptive to our own displays of anxiety or fear. 

Cold is another reason your dog may be shivering. Smaller breeds such as chihuahuas can be more sensitive to cold temperatures than larger breed dogs. 

If your dog is excessively head shaking, that may indicate it’s time to visit your veterinarian. Breeds like labradors, golden retrievers, and basset hounds can be more prone to ear infections and head shaking can be their way of getting temporary relief. Left untreated, an ear infection can lead to serious complications, so always consult your vet if you think there might be an issue.

Why Is My Dog Vomiting?

Your dog may occasionally vomit from something as simple as overeating or eating too fast. Frequent vomiting, however, can be an indication of a serious medical condition. Infection, parasites, or ingestion of a toxic plant could all be culprits. It’s always best to seek the advice of a veterinarian especially if the vomiting is frequent and followed by symptoms such as abdominal pain or fever. 

Why Is My Dog Panting?

If your dog is panting, it’s probably due to heat or stress. While dogs do have sweat glands in their ears and the bottom of their paws, panting is their primary way of cooling down, especially on a hot day or after exercise.  Panting is also common when your dog is stressed or in pain. Keep an eye out for abnormal panting as it may be a symptom of something more serious. 

Why Does My Dog Lick Me?

Your dog is licking you because he or she loves you! Licking is a primary way that dogs show affection and comfort with their human companions. Although, in some cases, your dog may just be after the salt on your skin. We humans can have salty-tasting skin, especially after sweating from heat or playing. 

Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?

Chances are you’ve seen your furry friend eating grass at some point and wondered why they’re doing it. You’re not alone, there are a variety of reasons your dog may be mowing down on your lawn. Some people believe they may be trying to improve digestion by ingesting ruffage or making up for some nutritional deficiency. There are theories that dogs eat grass to induce vomiting, however, this theory has been largely discarded as research indicates less than 10% of dogs show signs of illness before eating grass and less than 25% vomit after eating grass. 

Google is a great tool for information, but our veterinarians are animal doctors that can help you sort through the noise, especially how it relates to your individual pet. 

To learn more and schedule a dog wellness visit, call us at 630-355-5300 for an appointment. Our staff at Naperville Animal Hospital is here to take care of your pet and answer your questions.