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Symptoms of a Sick Dog

Symptoms of a Sick Dog

Everyone who owns or has owned a dog has had their dog show signs of illness. Many vets will tell you that it would be so much easier to diagnose symptoms of sick dogs if they could just talk. Being that is not the case one has to carefully observe outward symptoms of dog diseases in order to make a proper diagnosis. If you feel that your dog is in serious stress including breathing problems, collapse and loss of consciousness, had direct contact with poisonous snakes, plants or insects, ingested poison like antifreeze or involved with serious trauma you need to contact your vet immediately for consultation and assistance.

All dogs will at some time in their lifetime exhibit some symptoms of sick dog. If you have had your dog properly vaccinated including yearly or bi annual rabies vaccinations you vet will normally do a good complete exam to assure there are no obvious symptoms of dog diseases. Most of the time this will include examining a stool sample and blood work. This is the time to bring up any concerns or observed problems that you have about your dog's health. It is wise to write down any observations that you have made prior to the exam. If you follow these procedures the chances of your dog having a serious problem will be greatly diminished. However even a properly cared for canine can develop serious symptoms of sick dog.

Symptoms of sick Dog may include some of the following :

. Strong Ear smell, shaking of the head, discharge: Mites, Yeast infection or Mites. 

· Coughing: Heartworms, Kennel cough, Heart disease or pneumonia. 

· Passing Blood in Urine: Internal injury, Kidney disease or Urinary tract infection. 

· Bad Breath/Bleeding Gums : Periodontal disease. 

· Constipation/Problems defecating: Change of diet, intestinal blockage. 

· High Temperature (over 102): Viral or bacterial infection 

· Increase Drinking and Urination: Diabetes, Kidney Disease or Liver Disease. 

· Problems Urinating : Kidney stones or Kidney Disease. 

· Blood or Worms in feces: Bowel infection, Worms or other parasites. 

· Vomiting/ ingesting grass or other vegetation: Worms, Poison or gastrointestinal problems.

It should be understood that most pets will show one or more symptoms of sick dog at the same time. Make sure you keep notes of the symptoms you have observed including the time of each incident. All will assist your vet in making a proper diagnosis of your dog's illness. Many times these symptoms will pass without further complications. If symptoms of dog diseases persist for more than 24 hours or you dog shows signs of obvious stress then it is time to act. Any time you feel that you have a valid concern you should call your vet for a consultation or appointment. Dogs deserve that same amount of respect and health care as any other member of your family.