Fast Facts and Warning Signs

Symptoms of a sick Dog

There are many different dog health symptoms that may indicate your pet isn't feeling well. Some are physical, some emotional or behavioral. It's important to be able to recognize them as soon as possible because early treatment can be the key to keeping a simple problem from snowballing into something more serious.

Early symptoms might include:

  • Drop in food/water consumption
  • Sudden dramatic increase in water consumption
  • Lack of energy
  • Sudden onset of pain anywhere in the body
  • Negative change in personality or attitude
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Coat begins to look dull and feel brittle
  • Skin rash or irritation
  • Cloudy eyes
  • Runny, crusty discharge from nose an/or eyes
  • Bloody discharge
  • Slight weight loss

As the illness progresses, symptoms may include:

  • Complete refusal of food and/or water
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Severe pain
  • Bloated stomach
  • Localized swelling
  • Seizures
  • Complete withdrawal from surroundings
  • Body temperature above 102 degrees Fahrenheit
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