Symptoms of a sick dog
"Canine health problems"
Contrary to popular belief the condition of a dog’s nose, wet/dry -cold/hot, are not symptoms of a sick dog.
The only concerns you should have are the color and texture of your dog’s nose. Changes in these areas need to be addressed with your veterinarian.
There are other symptoms however that can indicate your dog is ill. Here is a list of symptoms and possible causes.
In no way is this intended to replace a visit to your veterinarian and if any of these symptoms are present it is recommended you contact your vet.
Dog illness symptoms and possible causes
Bad Breath / Bleeding gums --- Periodontal disease, tooth decay, lung disease, kidney disease
Bloody Stools --- worms, intestinal blockage, anal fissure due to constipation
Blood in urine --- urinary tract infection, kidney disease, internal trauma
Constant drinking --- canine diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, Cushings
Constipation --- change of diet, intestinal blockage
Coughing --- kennel cough, pneumonia, heartworm, heart disease
Diarrhea --- change in diet, stress, worms, Parvo, Corona virus
Ear odor/discharge --- ear infection, mite infestation, foreign object in ear
Fever over 102F --- viral or bacterial infection, dehydration, heat stroke
Hair Loss --- parasitic infection, mange, skin allergies
Head Shaking --- ear infection, mite infestation
Inflamed ears --- ear infection, mite infestation
Irritated skin --- parasitic infestation, allergic reaction, insect bite
Less frequent urination --- kidney stones, kidney disease
Lethargy --- many possible causes, should always be addressed
Lameness --- injury, hip or elbow dysphasia
Loss of appetite --- ranges from diet to severe issues
Pale gums --- shock, anemia, diabetic shock
Pot belly --- worm infestation, obesity, tumor
Runny eyes --- allergies, in-grown eyelash, foreign material in eye
Scratching --- depends on body part, mites, fleas, allergies
Stiff movement --- injury, arthritis, dysphasia
Sudden/dramatic weight loss --- worm infestation, cancer, Cushings disease
Vomiting --- flu, worm infestation, gastrointestinal problems, poisoning
It is very important that if you notice any of these symptoms alone or combined, that you have your pet seen by the vet. Almost all of these conditions can be treated if caught early; however, left untreated some of these can be fatal.
It is important to check your dogregularly for changes in appearance, behavior and eating habits.
When grooming your dog you can physically check for changes in coat, skin and extremities. Symptoms of a sick dog are generally easy to spot when you provide regular care and grooming for your dog.
Staying in regular contact, and having an open line of communication with, your veterinarian and his staff makes regular vet care simple. Having a well cared for pet is the greatest reward.
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