Dog Symptoms Diagnosis

by admin on July 17, 2010

Just as with humans, there are hundreds of different causes of health problems in dogs; they can be metabolic, viral or bacterial and obtaining a correct diagnosis for your dog’s illness is vital. Your veterinarian should be experienced and competent enough to discover what’s wrong with your dog after a relatively brief examination, but he/she may also decide to carry out blood work and tests on the dog’s feces as well as urine analysis before deciding upon a confirmed diagnosis and subsequent course of treatment.

Different breeds of dog are prone to different illnesses, and in addition to ensuring that your veterinarian is familiar with conditions your dog may suffer due to its genetics, you too should be cognizant with them. Many things may bring about an illness in your dog, for instance, a sudden change in the weather can often unsettle an animal and bring on symptoms. Likewise, lack of exercise, lack of rest or inadequate nutrition can all cause illness and distress. One of the most important things you can do to guard against your dog becoming ill is to ensure that the animal has all its immunizations and you should consult your vet to be sure all the shots are up-to-date.

Diagnosing symptoms in dogs is not necessarily easy, but there are times when you’ll be aware of changes in your dog’s behavior. These might include times when the dog seems unduly quiet or listless or is off his/her food. The dog may seem disoriented or depressed or may display uncharacteristic aggression. These can all be signs of some underlying illness and medical attention should always be sought if these symptoms persist.

Also, monitoring any changes in the dog’s feces or urine is an important factor in helping to diagnose an illness. Any unusual smell or coloration can indicate any number of conditions, such as tapeworm, urinary infection, the presence of parasites, gastro-intestinal obstruction or even be indicative that dog has ingested poison. Frequent vomiting and diarrhea can also indicate gastro-intestinal parasites as well as liver disease, cancers and less serious conditions such as gastroenteritis or allergies.

Another general indicator of your dog’s overall wellbeing is the condition of its coat and skin. If the dog’s coat becomes lack-luster or the skin becomes flaky or itchy, again, these are indicators that something is going wrong. It may be anything from parasitic infection to a yeast infection. Pay attention too if you dog’s nose becomes hot and/or dry or if a discharge develops. Healthy dogs have a cold, wet nose, so those changes could indicate something is going wrong too.

Similarly, any new cough or wheeze should set off alarm bells. Monitor your dog’s ears regularly too; any persisting itching could be due to a parasitic infestation that can rapidly cause worsening problems if left untreated.

Drinking much more than normal may suggest there is some problem with the dog’s liver or kidneys, so be sure to obtain your veterinarian’s advice if this persists. Limping may indicate some orthopedic problem or may be as a result of a wound and likewise, any discharge from your dog’s eyes needs investigating.

In conclusion, whenever something new or different happens with your dog that causes you and it concern, the most sensible thing to do is seek medical advice as soon as you can. This will hopefully prevent the condition becoming any worse.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Paul Kuehn December 16, 2011 at 4:36 pm

12 yr old Irish Setter has very foul breath when exhaling through her nose. There is no perio or dental problems and the oral cavity does not have a bad odor.

Reba January 20, 2012 at 9:07 pm

I own a Chiwahua and it not eating and is slowing drinking Water!?

admin May 1, 2012 at 3:56 am

If brushing her teeth to freshen her breath hasn’t made a difference this could be a sign of a sinus infection.

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