Dog Friendly Tips: How to tell if your dog is sick
If your dog contracts pneumonia you will know it is sick. But unless you know more than that, there is little that you can do for the dog.
Once you know something about the types of diseases and their causes and your pet becomes ill, you can handle the situation more intelligently. You may be able to recognize the symptoms well enough to diagnose the condition and often treat it yourself. If you do not recognize the symptoms, or if it is a serious disease which you cannot treat, you will realize the importance of having the pet properly cared for by a vet. You will also be much better able to give the veterinarian the specific, accurate information he or she needs to treat the dog quickly and effectively.
Knowledge of the causes of the diseases to which our dogs are subject and of the ways they contract them is even more important for prevention. Many diseases can be avoided by observing a few simple precautions. Some of these maladies, once contracted, are difficult or impossible to cure. To the pet owner and to veterinary medicine, the prevention of disease in dogs is as important as it is in humans. A dog that is kept well is a good pet, a lively, active companion.
A simple understanding of the basic facts about disease is sufficient for pet owners. You don't need to learn and remember a series of medical names or technical terms. You should know the broad general classifications into which all diseases are divided, be familiar with the common characteristics of each, and have a general knowledge of the way each affects dogs.
To most pet owners all dog diseases are more or less alike; the result, they think, of some vague thing called "germs." Actually there are a number of distinct types of diseases, and they are classified according to their causes. Some are caused by bacteria, some by viruses, and others by fungi, or parasites, or deficiencies. To understand the diseases themselves it is necessary to know something about the causes.
Ways to know how to tell if your dog is Sick
The eyes of a sick dog may be swollen, along with discharges.
Running nose with a crusting surface.
Ears may be seen shaking, discharging debris, being scratched or twitched and may even emit odour.
The ill dog generally coughs, sneezes, creates gagging sound and even vomits.
Short breaths, irregular pattern of breathing. The duration of the panting of the dog is longer than usual.
Change in the color of the bowels, irregular pattern of defaecation, bloody stools or presence of parasites in the faeces.
Change in the amount of food and water intake
Change in weight.
Change in the frequency of the urination.
Changes in the color, amount and the incidence of staining in the urine.
A very important symptom of the dog being sick is its significant behavioural change.