Sick as a Dog: Signs & Symptoms that Your Pooch is Unwell

Behavioural Changes

When your dog is sick or injured, his behaviours will change. If you pay attention, you will be able to tell whether or not medical care may be needed. Here are several common behaviours associated with illness:

  1. Lethargy
  2. Agitation
  3. Anti-social behaviour
  4. Irritability
  5. Clingy behaviour

General Physical Changes
Physical changes are the clearest indicators that something is wrong with your dog and that he needs to be taken to a vet. Here are several key symptoms to watch for:

  1. Sudden weight loss or gain
  2. Cuts and lumps
  3. Bloody sores
  4. Scratching at his ears or shaking his head frequently
  5. Hair loss or a patchy, uneven look to the coat

Respiratory Changes
Breathing changes may indicate respiratory illness, and are usually obvious. If your dog is struggling to breathe, check his gums and tongue to see if they are pink. If they turning blue, your pet needs medical care immediately. Watch for these symptoms and signs of respiratory trouble:

  1. A loud cough that disrupts sleep
  2. Wheezing
  3. Noisy breathing
  4. Frequent gagging
  5. Laboured breathing

At Brimley-Lawrence Animal Clinic, our vets are trained to diagnose and treat these symptoms. We make sure that your pet is feeling better so that you can get back to playing fetch in the park, going on walks, and taking naps in the sun. We understand that your dog is a big part of your life, and we're ready for those 'sick as a dog' moments.

If in doubt, don't hesitate--we're ready to help. Call us today at 416-266-9380 for a routine checkup or emergency care. We'll help get your pup back to his normal, playful self once again.

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