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How to know if Your Dog is Sick?

Dogs cannot verbally communicate with us which is why it is usually difficult to know if there is some problem with their health condition. Non verbal communication is the only means by which dogs can possibly let us know if they are not feeling well or if they are sick. Therefore we have to rely on their signs, attitude and mood in order to find if something is wrong.

There are symptoms for each type of animal disease that comes up whenever your dog is sick. In case of severe illness you should immediately contact your vet and get meds for your dog. You should stay alert to the changes in your dog's behavior, mood or attitude. Here are some usual signs which may indicate that you might need to consult your vet.

Sickness can be prevented with appropriate dog care, but even if your dog has developed some kind of illness, do not panic. With proper medication and health care he/she can be brought back to normal health once again.

Here are some of the signs that may tell you if your dog is sick.


  • Dizziness, excessive laziness, or imbalance
  • Labored breathing
  • Instability to walk properly or circling
  • Extremely outsized abdomen
  • Signs of severe pain in some part of the body (such as crying or barking very loudly)
  • Spontaneous collapsing or loss of consciousness
  • White, pale or blue color in gums
  • Seizures


Note that the normal body temperature of dogs is between 100.5 and 102.5 degree Fahrenheit. Body temperatures above 104 and below 99 degrees indicate that your dog is sick. Always keep a thermometer specifically made for your dog.

If you have developed a good bond with your dog, noticing changes in his/her attitude and mood swings might communicate greatly towards his/her well being. Be alert to the signs you are being given. If any of the following signs last two or more days, you must consult yourveterinarian.

  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy and extreme tiredness
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive salivation
  • Constipation
  • Frequent urination
  • Reduced or low appetite
  • Increased thirst
  • Wheezing and increased panting
  • Nasal congestion
  • Scratching continuously
  • Unusual reactions when specific body parts are touched


The above mentioned signs can be symptoms for various types of illness and diseases depending on their combination and other variables. Your veterinarian would be able to tell you exactly what's wrong with your patient. In case of serious illness your vet would also suggest you an appointment with emergency clinic or a surgeon.

Keeping goodcareof your dog and providing him good nutrition and nurturing him well can prevent most of the animal diseases. Some of the diseases and illness are contagious and spread from other animals or humans. These are more difficult to prevent. Be aware of the recent viral diseases spreading among thedogsin your area. If you dog shows signs of illness, consult your vet and ask if the dog needsmedication.

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