Unfortunately, even though we think our dogs understand every word we say, and we often understand them, there are times when they just can’t tell us what hurts….so we need to know what to look for. Always keep your vet’s number available in an emergency, and keep a log of “symptoms” and concerns when you go to the vet….they say that history is 99% of diagnosis, so being alert and methodical can save your dog’s life.
- Internal parasites: visible worms in the feces, a pot-bellied appearance, persistent or bloody diarrhea, white “grains” on the rear of the dog, loss of weight
- Signs of urinary disorders: straining to pass urine, blood in the urine, incontinence (inability to hold urine), increased urination, increased thirst
- Reproductive disorders: unusual genital discharge, swelling in the mammary glands, swelling of the testicles, failure to conceive difficulty at birth
- Skin and coat disorders: persistent scratching, sudden chewing or licking, redness of inflammation, increased hair loss.
- digestive disorders: projectile, bloody, or painful vomiting. Persistent, bloody, or explosive diarrhea, constipation, weight loss or weight gain. Listlessness and abdominal discomfort
- Nervous system disorders: Seizures, convulsions, or “fits”. staggering gait, partial or complete paralysis, behavioral changes, loss of balance.
- Ear disorders head shaking discharge from the ear canal, swelling of the flap of the ear, difficulty hearing, loss of balance
- Respiratory disorders: nasal discharge, persistent sneezing, coughing or gagging, excessive snoring, labored breathing.
- Eye disorders: discharge from the eyes, changes in vision, squinting, a “bloodshot” appearance, of blue/gray cloudiness
- Mouth and tooth disorders: bad breath, dribbling saliva, reluctance to eat, inflamed gums, loose or broken teeth
- External parasites: scratching, excessive licking, dandruff, hair loss, visible parasites.
- Blood and heart disorders: a non productive cough, reluctance to exercise, reduced stamina, fainting
- Bone, muscle, and joint disorder: lameness and limping, swelling around the affected area, paralysis, tenderness when a joint is touched.