Tuesday, 27 October 2015

10 Signs Your Dog May Be Sick

10 Signs Your Dog May Be Sick
Picture this...
You wake up in the morning, put the coffee pot on, and go about your regular routine, when you notice your beloved dog is not following you around the kitchen like he is every other morning. You call his name but he still doesn't come. You find him laying down, his eyes not quite right, and not his energetic self. You worry a little, but shrug it off, and take him out for his morning pee, except after his pee, you notice his breakfast bowl is still full, and he hasn't even got a drink of water. Now your worried, and you should be! A dog who is lethargic, combined with not eating or drinking, can be sure signs he may not be feeling well. Here are some other signs you should look out for if you think your dog may be sick.

10 Signs Your Dog May Be Sick:

  1. Vomiting
  2. Diarrhea 
  3. Pale gums
  4. Urinating more, or less than usual
  5. Hair loss
  6. Strange odors 
  7. Coughing 
  8. Dull eyes, and/or coat
  9. Breathing difficulty 
  10. Irritability 
For me, any of these signs would be a reason to call my veterinarian. Even if they just give you over the phone advice, it's better safe than sorry. If your dog is showing any of these signs, pick up the phone, and make the call. While these can be signs of a small virus, there could also be an underlying health issue you need to aware of. You could potentially save a life by not ignoring the fact that your dog may be sick. These are our fur babies, our family, and sometimes, family members need to see a doctor for help.



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32 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great list of signs, no one wants a sick doggy. If you can catch it early you can make them feel better early.

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  2. These are all important signs to watch out for in our best friends. Thanks for sharing. ♥

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  3. A pet parent knows us better than anyone and when things are out of sorts like these items, get a call to the vet! Good points!

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  4. Mum's reason for taking me to the vet was because of a limp. For a while, when I stood up after lying down I would favor my left front paw, but when I favored it ALL the time, she knew something was wrong!!! After x-rays and bloodwork it was determined that I have Valley Fever in the bone. Valley Fever is very common in pets and humans here in the desert -- it is a fungal infections, so I am on a lot of drugs!!

    But I am glad mum took me to see the dogtur!!

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    1. Aw wow!!! So glad your mom is there to help!!!!

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  5. I have called the vet before when I feel like Cocoa isn't acting like Cocoa, you know. We all know our pups better than anyone and it is much better to be safe. They cannot tell us so these signs are key!! Thank you for this post.

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  6. These are very important things to watch for....great information!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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  7. Excellent signs to look out for.

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  8. Great PSA with lots of great information! Mom says she knows us well enough to pick up on the littlest of signs, bizarre as they may seem to others.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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    1. Yes, me too. We know our babies better than anyone!

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  9. Great post - I never understood until recently the importance of nice pink gums...I'm going to be checking those all the time now, especially as my dogs get older.

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    1. Yes! The gums are a huge sign of a dogs illness :)

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  10. Great post! I always have a hard time telling when someone doesn't feel good unless the signs you posted are present. The more subtle ones I always miss! Usually my husband catches it before I do. It's so weird. I wish our pets could tell us what was wrong!

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    1. I wish they could too, it would make our job much easier!

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  11. Great list - whenever our foodie pup Missy is not interested in the contents of her bowl, it's a sure sign that something is the opposite of right.

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  12. Great list! I think it is important to look for changes. My angel Gemini would just not eat a meal every few weeks. There was nothing wrong with her, she just would skip it!

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    1. My huskies do that too. The rule of thumb is basically one meal slipped, no big deal, 2 meals skipped, combined with the dog not drinking water, and acting lethargic.... then you start to worry!

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  13. You're so right...best to call the vet...better safe than sorry. :)

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  14. Great advice! Our vet is on speed dial, lol.

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