Thursday, December 4, 2008


How to Tell If Your Dog is Sick
By: Debbie Ray

Your dog can't explain his symptoms to you when he feels bad, so it's your responsibility to take care of him and to understand when your dog is feeling bad. Just exactly how do you do that you may ask?

Well, the best thing I can suggest to you is to know exactly how your dog acts when it is feels good. If you know your dogs behavior on a day to day basis you will be able to read any differences in how they are acting. If you know this one simple fact you should be able to tell when your dog is really sick and you'll be able to easily answer your own question - "Is my dog sick?"

What is a symptom in the first place? Whenever your dog is sick or feels bad he will usually exhibit some sort of symptom that he does not feel up to par. Some common symptoms you may see your dog exhibit when it feels bad include: vomiting, diarrhea, stumbling, seizing, drooling, not eating, limping, laying around, loss of appetite, etc.

It's pretty simple overall. Just remember that some symptoms, such as seizures, collapse or any kind of difficulty in breathing should always receive a prompt a veterinary exam - immediately. If there is ever any doubt about the seriousness of any particular symptom, please contact your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency facility immediately. Explain the symptom your dog is having and ask for their advice. Better safe than sorry I always say.

There are all kinds of serious health symptoms that should never be ignored in any dog. As a pet owner it is important that you're aware of these symptoms and that you know what to do if your dog exhibits any of these. Below is a list of symptoms that should never be ignored if you see them exhibited by your dog! So, let's begin.

Remember, if any of these things happen to your dog to contact your veterinarian immediately. A few important dog symptoms you'll never want to ignore are:

Breathing Problems.

Bloated or Distended Abdomen.

Collapse or Fainting.

Losing Weight.

Urinating and Drinking Excessively.


Unproductive vomiting.

Trouble Urinating.

Excessive coughing.

Bloody Diarrhea - Bloody Urine - Bloody Vomit.

Pale Gums.

Bruising and/or Bleeding.

Bite Wounds.

Lethargy or Weakness.

Not Eating or Loss of Appetite.

Pacing and Restlessness.


Your dogs health should be extremely important to you so watch carefully for any symptoms your dog may exhibit closely and be aware of what you should do in response. It's really important to be able to tell whether or not your dog is sick so that you can do what is needed to get them back to good health.

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