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Sick dog symptoms - Caring for your sick dog

Dog has become a part of our family now a day and they are certainly our best friend. Having a happy dog is important to both you and your pet. If your dog is generally in good spirits, alert, and playful, that’s definitely a good sign. A happy dog is a playful dog. The next sign that your puppy is happy is a bright shiny coat of fur. Dogs with shiny coats have been given proper levels of nutrition and have been well loved. These dogs are quite happy. Everyone want their dog to be healthy, live longer and happy all the time but sometimes they can get sick, behaviour changes and shown difference kind of illness symptoms.

Whatever your worries and concern may be, it is your duty as their owner to take care of them when they don't feel well and bring them back to their normal conditions as quick as possible. Good health care is essential, as well as making sure all vaccinations are kept up-to-date.

Often, one of the first signs that a dog is not feeling well is lethargy. A dog that is in pain or feeling ill will often not have energy for or interest in doing things he likes to do.

A lack of appetite is also a common trait for dogs who are feeling under the weather. If your dog is refusing to eat his food, he may feel ill or is possibly having dental issues.

Sick dogs often display signs of gastric upset such and gas, diarrhea and vomiting.

Although many of the symptoms will be subtle, don't forget the obvious. Vomiting is a fairly clear sign that something is wrong. However, vomiting is a far more normal experience for dogs than it is for humans, and they may well just be clearing out last night's dinner. If they vomit more than once in a day, or if it is bloody vomit, you should call the vet to be sure. It should be fairly obvious to you when it is a mild vomit to clear their stomach and when it is a bloody and forced vomit brought on by illness.


A dog’s loss of appetite is a good well recognised symptom of illness as well as over eating without weight gain, sudden weight loss, or diarrhoea. Keep an eye on your dog’s diet and food habits to make this easier to recognise when it happens. If your dog has stopped eating as much as usual or stopped eating altogether, there are several reasons why. The most common causes are: Teeth problems or gum infections; upset stomach from something it ate; constipation, depression, not coping with changes in its life (like the addition of a new dog or a change of house); a hormonal imbalance or disorder; problems with internal organs like the kidneys or liver, or possibly cancer. If your pet is not eating, do not leave uneaten food down. Pick your dog up and offer a small quantity of something different later. Attractive foods include fresh chicken and gravy, ham, pilchards and cat food. Or you can get appetising invalid foods from the vet. Try serving food warm or adding garlic.

100-103 °F is a normal temperature for the adult dogs, while 94-97 ° F is normal for the puppies. High temperature can be a sign of bacterial or viral infection. Bleeding gums or bad breath along with teeth loss or discolored teeth are the symptoms of periodontal disease. Increased thirst and urination frequency in dog are the symptoms of kidney disease, diabetes or liver disease. If your dog is suffering from the urinating problems, then it may possibly suffer from the kidney disease or kidney stones. Blood or worms in feces are the signs of bowel infection or parasite infestation. If your dog is ingesting grass or other vegetation or it is suffering from vomiting, then it may have the worm infestation or poisoning or gastrointestinal problems.

The symptoms of a sick dog help you understand the exact health problem of your dog, so that it can be treated earliest. If you believe your dog may truly be ill, don't hesitate to call your vet for advice and an appointment. After all, doesn't your dog deserve as much care as any other member of the family? By recognizing these early Symptoms Of Sick Dog you can help relieve your dog's pain. Also, an illness is easier to treat if detected early.

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