How to identify a sick dog

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Finding a dog on the street and taking care of it is one of the most beautiful things a human being can do for charity, but if the dog is at risk of illness or is already sick, sometimes you don’t know what signs prove it. So, today we’re going to give you some tips on how to learn how to identify a sick dog.

Symptoms of a sick dog

Bad breath or drooling

One of the most common symptoms in a sick dog but little perceived by people, is bad breath and dog mouth drooling. It’s a sign of poor health, because it can signal that you’re going through poisoning and have a stomach problem, this may even be a sign of poisoning.

Weight loss, loss of appetite, or noticeable thinness

If you’ve fed your dog properly and as directed by his diet, but he’s lost weight without altering his diet and has some loss of appetite, this may be a sign that his health is very serious.

A dog’s weight loss can be a a sign of many diseases as soon as you see that your dog has lost weight, it is important that you take him to a vet immediately to check the dog and give a diagnosis of why he is losing weight.

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Excess weight

Like the lack of weight, the fact that a but has a sudden weight gain. In a short time it can also be a sign of internal damage, damage to your nervous system or simply a sign of poor nutrition.

Lack of energy

Identifying a sick dog can have many characteristics, lack of energy is one of them. If your dog is no longer interested in playing as he usually does, and is no longer vigorous, he shows a lack of energy. You may lose energy from a parasite that is damaging you from the inside, or that is injured internally in an organ. Look at your dog’s activity and be aware of his behaviour.

Lack of movement and stiffness

Muscle stiffness problems and movement difficulties are signs of declining health. You may notice these kinds of problems when your dog has difficulty climbing or descending stairs.

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A lot of sleep or insomnia

If your dog gets tired and sleeps more than usual, it may be due to extreme exhaustion. Sometimes, this exhaustion occurs because the dog is going through a silent or difficult to detect disease.

If, on the other hand, you see that your dog can’t sleep well, it’s this one symptom of dog discomfort. In both cases, it’s best to take your dog to the vet for a complete check-up, and to keep a record of your dog’s daily activities and diet, to see if any of this is affecting him or if he’s acting differently than usual.

Cough and dry skin

Coughing, sneezing, excessive wheezing, difficult breathing, these symptoms are common in cardiopulmonary diseases and extreme dehydration caused by diarrhea or stomach and intestinal diseases.

Dry skin and watery, cloudy or dry eyes. It is important to check if your dog has dry, fuzzy or irritable skin. This can be due to external parasites and skin infections. Also check to see if your eyes are very watery or if they are irritated, it may be from an eye infection. Almost any disease causes a change in the eyes of dogs.

Change in stool

Very dark or brownish skin may indicate internal bleeding in the dog’s intestine, colon, or stomach. Food may also play a role in its color, odor, and consistency. If your dog poop is  liquid, dry or hard feces, it can be a bowel problem.

Remember that in order to know how to identify a sick dog you just need to pay more attention to the everyday things you do. If you think that your pet is sick take her to the vet right away.


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