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How to Recognize Symptoms of Serious Illness in Dogs

Added on Jan 4, 2011 From Howcast

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Dogs rely on their owners to know them intimately enough to know when something is wrong. Identify symptoms that can indicate that your dog is sick and needs to see a veterinarian.

Step 1: Know your dog
Pay attention to the way your dog acts when they are healthy. Knowing how your dog normally behaves will help you distinguish odd behavior.

Tip
If you notice odd behavior, make a note of the date you first noticed it so you can tell your veterinarian.

Step 2: Check the food bowl
Check the food bowl to make sure that your pooch is eating regularly. Most dogs will readily eat anything left on the ground for too long, so if they are not eating, it may be an indication something is wrong.

Step 3: Listen
Listen to the dog's breathing. If they are coughing or wheezing, they should see a vet immediately. Breathing problems could indicate heart problems.

Step 4: Watch for vomiting
Watch for vomiting. This behavior should send up a warning flag if it is severe or is accompanied by lethargy. This could indicate any number of serious health issues.

Tip
It is important to watch both the frequency and the consistency of your dog's bowel movements. Any changes in either should be mentioned to the vet.

Step 5: Note energy level
Note the energy level of your dog. If he's usually doing laps around the couch but lately has just been laying on it, it could be a sign of a health problem. By looking for symptoms and getting to the veterinarian, you can have your pup up and running around again in no time.

Did You Know?
As of 2010, there were only 28 accredited schools of veterinary medicine in the United States.


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Leidy Mae Toriano Says:

May 13, 2017 - Hi!! Can you please help me??? please? My puppy is vomiting and she doesnt have energy! what should I do?!! My dad says that he wont bring our puppy at the Vet! i dont know why! and she didnt take a bath for 3 or 4 days!

Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez Says:

May 13, 2017 - A dog that small may fit down the loo. Flush it, it's done.

NISHA YADAV Says:

Apr 20, 2017 - plzz tell me what should i do i am very muxh worried about him

NISHA YADAV Says:

Apr 20, 2017 - my german shephard puppy is only one month old and his behaviour is little strange he is nt eating anything and not showing any active ness

Reneiya Green Says:

Mar 25, 2017 - For those that are saying vet expenses are too high I have a couple of suggestions. (1 Feed the best diet you possibly can, If you can only feed the cheapest diet you shouldn't get a pet. As broke as I am, I feed my dog a raw diet, If your creative you can find ways to do this. 2) Get pet insurance, there are some that provide wellness plans as well. With wellness plans your dog can get checkups. You would have to pay out of pocket at first but you will be reinbursed. 3) find clinics that provide high quality low priced health care services. I'm not sure if insurance can be used at these Clinics. You might be able to find a Veterinary college in your area that provide care at lower cost. 4) Cut back on some unnecessary personal expenses for yourself. If you have a gym membership you don't use drop it. Use it
towards an emergency fund for your dog. Take your dog for an evening jog or walk and lift weights at home instead. If your cellphone bill is 100 bucks a month but your dog is eating 10 dollar kibble you have some budgeting decisions to make.

Reneiya Green Says:

Mar 25, 2017 - For those that are saying vet expenses are too high I have a couple of suggestions. (1 Feed the best diet you possibly can, If you can only feed the cheapest diet you shouldn't get a pet. As broke as I am, I feed my dog a raw diet, If your creative you can find ways to do this. 2) Get pet insurance, there are some that provide wellness plans as well. With wellness plans your dog can get checkups. You would have to pay out of pocket at first but you will be reinbursed. 3) find clinics that provide high quality low priced health care services. I'm not sure if insurance can be used at these Clinics. You might be able to find a Veterinary college in your area that provide care at lower cost. 4) Cut back on some unnecessary personal expenses for yourself. If you have a gym membership you don't use drop it. Use it
towards an emergency fund for your dog. Take your dog for an evening jog or walk and lift weights at home instead. If your cellphone bill is 100 bucks a month but your dog is eating 10 dollar kibble you have some budgeting decisions to make.

Sega Genesis Says:

Mar 25, 2017 - My family dog had all of these symptoms for a few days. She was really sick and then today, she died. I feel horrible for not taking better care of her.

R.I.P. Taji You were a great pet :'(

Natural Fighters Says:

Mar 23, 2017 - the vet ia too expensive 😟 and my dog keeps throwing up n hes super sick

Emma Ormond Says:

Mar 21, 2017 - I'm very worried because my 2 year old German shepherd hasn't eaten all day and he has been drooling (which he never does) and his ears have been lopsided (which they never are) PLEASE TELL ME WHAT TO DO I LOVE HIM SO MUCH 😭

KoyoteAsh__Greninja Cody Kim Says:

Mar 16, 2017 - What should I do my dog won't eat 🙁