Symptoms of Sick Dogs

by admin on July 17, 2010

You know your beloved canine friend is unwell, and he is exhibiting several symptoms that he is feeling sick. Do you know what to do if you observe symptoms of sick dogs? In times like this, there is no need to panic. Be calm and vigilant when you are taking care of your dog. In this way, you will be able to do things smoothly as you provide comfort and ease to your pet.

The first step that should be taken is identifying the problem. In order to address the appropriate solution and medication, it is crucial that you detect the specific signs nd symptoms of the disease. This can be done by observing your dog’s behavior and actions. This way you will be able to describe to the veterinarian the most obvious sign that your dog is sick. Having this information will aid the veterinarian to easily point out the trouble.

The symptoms of sick dogs are being classified as mild, moderate or severe. For mild symptoms, there is no need for you to panic that much. Often times you can deal with the health problem at home, and given the sufficient knowledge on pet health care, you can eradicate totally the illness. Mild symptoms may include bad breath that indicates periodontal problems, and can be eliminated by brushing his teeth.

For moderate symptoms, this means that your dog’s situation needs immediate attention of an expert. You can not apply home made medications to ease the suffering of your pet dog. The disease may be complicated and needs certain procedures and operations to be cured. The schedule of the visit may be within 24 hours up to 48 hours. The condition should be treated without delay so that it would not lead to a more serious health problem or complications.

Moderate symptoms include bleeding gums indicating high level of periodontal illness, constipation that may signal intestinal obstruction or changes in the diet, hair loss and scratching that are caused by parasitic infection or skin allergies, pot belly for worm infestations, stiff movement and lameness for dog arthritis, coughing that may signal kennel cough or pneumonia, and head shaking that is due to some ear infestation.

For severe symptoms, you should bring your pet canine immediately to the nearest pet hospital for proper and abrupt treatment to save his life, or else he will suffer the pain, or worst, he will perish instantly.

Some of these severe symptoms may indicate the presence of a chronic condition like bloody stools due to intestinal blockage, blood-tinge urine caused by urinary tract infection, kidney disease or internal bleeding; increase oral fluid intake of water indicating canine diabetes, kidney failure, liver failure, and Cushing’s disease; pale gums and tongue that may be due to shock; a temperature above 120 degrees Fahrenheit indicating viral infection, dehydration and heatstroke; lethargy caused by some neurological disorders; and loss of appetite caused by some serious illnesses affecting the brain, gastrointestinal tract, and other organs.

These are only some of the signs and symptoms of the most common diseases that may affect your canine buddy. But knowing them helps you perform an early and prompt assessment of your dog’s status.

Remember that if you love your dog so much, you should not only give everything he wants, like his favorite food, toys, and clothes. You should also give primary concern to his health needs. And learning the symptoms of sick dogs is a special way to show that concern.

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shunva hill October 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm

My puppy is not acting his self. Usually he barks and any and everybody. Normally when he is in the house and not in his cage, he follows me everywhere I go. I his not eating, drinking less water, and every so often, when he walks to do a stranger noise, like something is hurting him. When I pat for him to jump in the bed, he acts like he is scare to jump. What should I do? Please Help

admin October 21, 2011 at 6:17 am

The fact that he’s not eating is a sign that he is in a great deal of pain. Is he limping at all? I would exam him yourself and see if he has any cuts or something stuck in his legs or paws. from the sound of it he either is dealing with pain from his legs or something internally. Either way it sounds serious enough that he’s not eating and crying while walking. I would definitely take him in to see a veterinary. If you are short on money or time there are plenty of low cost clinics that are usually available in most cities. Vetco is the most common one. Good luck and let us know what he vet says!

kevin November 5, 2011 at 1:02 am

I got a new Pit Bull puppy today and her abdomine is hurting her when i touch it and she has trouble passing feces. What can i do?

admin November 16, 2011 at 6:29 pm

This symptom is something that needs to be looked at by a veterinary immediately. There are many different disease, parasites, infections that a puppy can easily get, many life threatening.

Tracy November 26, 2011 at 9:01 pm

My beagle is 13 and this morning she threw up dinner from last night and has been shivering all day. She has periods of heavy panting and won’t eat and is barely drinking any water. Her nose is dry and warm. What can I do for her?

Hannah Furnish November 27, 2011 at 8:39 pm

I just got a new puppy last night, he hasn’t been vaccinated yet. He’s always sleeping and whining. He won’t eat alot and he doesn’t seem to be interested in water. My mom thinks he’s sick and he needs to go to the shelter. What should I do???

Rhonda November 27, 2011 at 10:20 pm

My dog has vomitted a couple of times (white to clear fluid) and her bowel movements are green. There have been no changes in her diet. She’s a 7 year old Corgi. Any ideas what’s going on? She’s not acting sick at all….

admin December 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Something could be upsetting her stomach. She may be trying to get grass or other plants that are turning her bowel movements green and helping her throw up. If this continues or happens more frequently I would bring her into a vet.

admin December 1, 2011 at 8:02 pm

It is hard for shelter to control diseases and infestations. It could be anything from worms to parvo. I suggest going to a vet as soon as possible, some disease will progress fast and cause be fatal.

admin December 1, 2011 at 8:03 pm

These symptoms can be generic to a lot of different problems. If she’s not able to keep anything down and isn’t drinking, i would suggest seeing a veterinarian soon especially because of her age.

Lisa Boisvert December 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm

My 5 year old dog just started to pee in the middle of the night in the basement.. Why is he doing this? Nothing has changed in our lives. Is he sick?

Pete Van Camp December 7, 2011 at 11:10 am

My dog is not acting the right, when I got home from work I noticed she had peed in her cage (which she never does) I figured must of had to bo bad. After a few minutes I noticed she wasn’t acting like her normal self and seemed to be sick. She did not eat at all yesterday and did not do anything but lay around. I noticed when i took her to bed last night she was shivering, grunting/moaning. do you have any ideas on what maybe causing this?

jessica December 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm

My puggle hasn’t been feeling well for about two days now. His nose is swollen and he won’t drink water I’ve tried giving it to him in different bowls I’ve tried different bottled Waters he will drink through a dropper but not much tell he’s fighting me like a child when given medicine. he eats with no problem and plays as usual but gets exosted when he’s done. He snorts like a pug but his snort doesnt sound right, he sounds stuffed up when He drinks he doesn’t sound like he can breath. i don’t know if I should take him to the vet or how I can make him better

cassandra December 8, 2011 at 2:29 am

My dog has been coughing for the last few weeks. It started right after thanksgiving. When ever she gets excited she coughs which sounds like a hack but nothing is coming up. Today I noticed her black nose is turning pink. Her days havent changed at all she eats and drinks as normal though she spends the day outside while at work

E. Raymer December 9, 2011 at 5:09 am

My 14 year old Maltese has started having occasional tremors and seems to be having trouble walking from time to time. The left rear leg seems to go out from under her?

Jeannette Ruddell December 12, 2011 at 1:31 am

My six month old female puppy a chihuahua mix started acting ill Friday and had diaherra tried to vomit but it was just mucous. She won’t eat or drink, we’ve given her Pepto when she acted like she wanted to vomit but she acted better yesterday and then today back to square one, she only weighs maybe 3 lbs. We don’t have a vet on call today and thought that there might be some advice here. Would appreciate any advice. Thanks

Kelli December 12, 2011 at 2:47 am

My dog shivers alot…couldthis be a sign that something is wrong with her?

Agi December 15, 2011 at 7:14 am

My dog is 6 years old and has been acting strange for the last couple of days. Not barking at strangers the way she normally would, she looks lathargic, eats but not with enthusiasm and has pooed on the carpet twice today eventhough she’s toilet trained to perfection (normally). She’s also making a strange moaning noise instead of barking, doesn’t sound like she’s in pain but more like she’s sad. What could it be?

admin December 23, 2011 at 5:02 pm

It could be that the weather is getting colder and he’s not wanting to go outside. He may also be drinking too much before he goes to bed, making him get up in the middle of the night. Try taking it water up a few hours before bed and putting him out right before bed.

Stephanie M December 24, 2011 at 5:10 am

My lab is ten and he has been acting sickly. He has been sleeping near my bed which he rarely does and is hiding underneath things like the coffee table, kitchen table, the baby cradle in our bedroom. Today he also retreated to the same place in our yard several times bur when we checked outside he was just sitting there. He has several benine masses on his belly but the vet said they are harmless. Lastly he had major sugery when he was five from a puncture to his intestines and his urine was leaking into his system. They also removed his spleen. He has had no complications since then but this hiding behavior and odd stuff has got me worried……..

Pat December 24, 2011 at 11:25 pm

We have a 12 year old golden retriever/border collie mix. A few days ago, she started pacing incessantly around the house, not eating, she does drink water, and falls down alot. It looks like she is going to walk into walls and loses her balance alot. We have treated her a couple of times for ear infections, and just finished treating her for one. This all happened very quickly. We are taking her to our vet on Monday, but we are curious as to what might be happening to her.

Can you help.


Reba W January 3, 2012 at 2:56 am

I have a female dog who is not drinking and barely eating. Her urine is really dark. She lays around and sleeps all day. Should I take her to the vet.

Lindsay fletcher January 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I have a 21 mth old female mal-shi . She is always happy. Wanting to play and for the last mth ever since she had her pireoid I noticed she has been sleeping A LOT, she seems to be eating/drinking fine, going to the bathroom fine. I’ve checked her stool and as far as I can see there is nothing wrong with it. Normally she is always up for a game of fetch, but now she’s not interested and if I do get her to play its only for 2 mins. The last week I have thrown out her rawhides cuz I heard they are not good for her, I’ve made sure to only give her water that has been boiled, she gets pieces of carrots for a treat, she seems to be coming back around, not sure if it had something to do with the changes. I forgot to mention that she seems to have lost a little bIt of weight. Hope u can tell me something.. Thanks

Micah Nelson January 12, 2012 at 11:33 pm

My 7 yr. old mixed breed jack russell is very timid and yelps when approached. Not her normal self, no welcome when arriving, no jumping, walks with back legs unbalanced and her tail between her legs, shakes, loss of appetite, drinking less water, eating her poop that have me worried the most. Poop looks normal. sleeps a lot lately.

bob January 13, 2012 at 12:43 am

My dog thru up last night and today her stool is green and possible signs of blood. Any suggestions?

clau January 13, 2012 at 5:16 am

mi perrito tiene 3 meses, y hoy ah estado muy extraño, no se ah kerido salir de su casita, le hablo y no me hace caso, no ah querido comer ni beber agua, y hace un rato hizo muy extraño como si fuera vomito pero en heces…tambien intenta hacer del baño pero solo le salen como gotitas de vomito.
es muy grave…

clau January 13, 2012 at 5:20 am

hola, buena noche…
mi perrito esta muy extraño, no quiere comer, ni beber agus, no quiere salir de su casita.
ese rato hizo del baño como si hubiera sido vomito, y solo se levanta para intentar hacer del baño pero solo hace como unas gotitas d vomito…
k puedo hacer?
es muy grave?

se lo agradeceria mucho porfavor…

anna January 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm

my eight year old beagle wet himself then sat down and wont get up. when he stands he is very unstable and unable to walk. yesterday he was just fine.

Mackenzie January 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm

My dog is 13 years old and he is having problems going to the bathroom and he has been puking alot. He also has not been eating very much and isnt acting like himself. My parents said the last resort is putting him down so i thought i would ask someone about it first to see if its that severe. Please help me.

Mackenzie January 15, 2012 at 6:27 pm

My dog is 13 years old. He is having troubles going to the bathroom and is puking yellow stuff. He has no energy and hasnt been eating very well. What is wrong with him?

Fernando January 16, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I have a pitbull/chihuahua and lately he hasnt been eating much. The other day i went to pet him and he howled in pain, i hardly even touched him. He is usually active and playful but now-a-days hes just been slouching around the house just laying down anywhere he could. Please i need answers my buddy isnt himself. :,(

Aly January 17, 2012 at 3:16 am

We have 2 dogs and they are brother and sister not even a year old what happened was the female dog (Chelsea) just died of gastronideous and suffered for a week now she is dead…Her brother (Chuy) will not eat since she died which was today at 4:00 a.m. we are starting to think he is going through the same thing Chelsea was……Help…..

dave January 17, 2012 at 5:43 pm

My 10yr beagle mix is afraid of going outside. When she goes out she wants in right away. She did get sick once and she keeps going downstairs and hidingbehind the couch. When we show her the leash, she get excited and acts normal. Any ideas?

Jennifer January 18, 2012 at 3:00 am

I have a dog that I found and she just recently gave birth two weeks ago to three puppies. I think she may be a puggle but not sure. She is not eating and is skin and bones, for the past two days she is not very energetic and tonight she peed blood? Is this a urinary tract infection or is this something else. I am scared for her.

Rebecca McMannis January 20, 2012 at 5:48 am

My step-daughter is devastated and would just like to know what may have caused her beloved 6 mth old female Dachshund pup to die today at the vets. Rosie started throwing up last night. Early this morning, she ate good, but then immediatly started throwing up again and continued to throw up excessivly until it became as a watery substance. She was taken to a vet hospital early this morning. She was negative on parvo, no blockage seen through x-rays with barium. She became very lethargic and weak. IVs were started, but when they gave her meds for nausea, she threw them up. She died a little while ago and my step-daughter is totally devastated. She just wants to know what this could have been, but the vet there is not offering her any answers at all. Please, what does this sound possibly like to you?

Vicki January 21, 2012 at 10:41 pm

My dog, Jake, had a pencil eraser size growth that looked like a pink wart on his hind leg. The vet said it wasn’t cancer but it has grown to five times it’s size and change to brown and pink and he now has a new one on his head and one on his ear. Does he have cancer? He’s a Yorkie and 14 yrs old. He is not a miniature size and is 11 pounds at every vet visit. My vet originally said it wasn’t cancer but the changes recently worry me. He has recently starting peeing in my bed and has diarhea frequently also. He won’t eat his food and drinks water less frequently.

Brittiany January 22, 2012 at 7:49 am

Okay so my puppy is sick. I noticed worms in his poop the other day and I worked him with some worm medicine we had bought at the vets office. Since then he has gotten worse. There aren’t as many worms in his droppings but he won’t eat or drink anything. And usually he would way anything you sat out for him! I’ve tried giving him his treats and he won’t even eat them. He just lays around. He voluntarily gets in his cage and he’s never done that before. Usually I have to force him in there. He doesn’t ever go off the porch when he’s outside unless he’s playing with one of the other dogs. For the past couple of days he’s been wondering off and I’ve heard that’s what they do when they are getting ready to die! He’s also slobbering a lot!

valerie January 30, 2012 at 5:04 am

my dog shadow has had the dierra now for three days what should i do he is still eating and drinking but his bowels is just like water please help me

Jenny February 5, 2012 at 3:12 am

My 4 month old puppy has kennel cough. She received antibiotics for it, but now is coughing / spitting up white/clear/yellow foamy mucous. Is that normal? she hasn’t eaten since yesterday late afternoon and I am having to give her water by a dropper to make sure she drinks. I called the vet this morning, they said to stop giving her the meds, they may be hard on her stomach. She is just laying around and sleeping alot. She looks miserable.

wendy Lockwood February 7, 2012 at 6:43 am

My Dog is15 and has a large almost hump on the back towards the neck it is getting huge.No change in activity or appetite.what can this be

Trisha Bassett February 8, 2012 at 1:20 am

My doggie has been throwing up and not eating or drinking much for the past 3 days he is sleeping a lot and not acting right when he up chucks it is white and green what do I do

omar February 9, 2012 at 12:14 am

i have a dog and i had him since 2008 he was born in that year. we gave him bones to eat and he has one stuck on his throat and hes coughing and doesnt wants to eat his cough is weird he coughs hard he takes a moment to cough. when we take him for a walk he looks very weak and doesnt react like he use to. please help me?

sissy February 14, 2012 at 12:49 am

my 9 year old dog is weak and is peeing alot of blood, what is wrong with her??

Jose February 23, 2012 at 5:10 am

My little 3 month pitbull puppy started acting strange today he didnt want to eat at all today and when I took him for a walk he didnt look so happy, he also won’t drink any water either, and all he’s doing is sleeping when normally he plays in the backyard, is there anything I should be worried about?

super nan February 24, 2012 at 1:37 am

i was given a shitzu and ive wormed her since ive had her she mit be pregnant aswell and the last few days she hasnt been herself shes not eating or drinking lathargic she ate last ite and was able to go to the toilet ive been getting water in a syringe so she will drink water at least she had like a black mucus dscharge this morning please get back to me about this im worried andwe ont have a vet in our town

phil February 26, 2012 at 3:26 am

My dog is an 8 month old black lab. She has always been very active and playful. But the past 2 days she won’t drink or eat anything. She wont play either. What could be wrong with her. She is really starting to get me nervous.

Lindsay February 26, 2012 at 8:09 am

I am babysitting my parents dogs and one of them is breathing really rapidly even though he isn’t doing any running or playing, he is drinking a lot of water, and his back legs keep shaking- more so when he stands up but even when he is laying down. Please help! I don’t know what to do!!

Edgar Munoz February 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm

My 2 year old bichon woke up this morning acting very strange. He isolates himself, he doesn’t want to play or go outside, and his tail is curled between his legs. I tried feeding him, he didn’t want to eat, I tried searching for any cuts or scratches, but I couldn’t find any, but he did growl when I picked up his tail when I was looking for scratches. He’s not acting like his happy self, he seems scared. What can I do?

Leanne February 28, 2012 at 11:39 am

My dog turned 2 on Feb 4. Over the last 3 t 4 days, she isn’t eating all of her food at once as usual. She only eats a little. She seems to have been constipated not having bowl movements. She was straining with for a couple of days. Now she eats a ton of a certain kind of grass and she has diarrhea. (Dark mucous type with some grass of course and red blood from time to time) After she goes, she usually will finish eating. She’s on a strict diet. Should I take her to the doctor, or should I give it more time.

Cassie February 29, 2012 at 10:09 pm

My seven year old chihuahua is not wanting to go to the bathroom walks all tence and runs and hides when given his food

Heather Duncan March 8, 2012 at 2:51 am

I have a 3 yr old jack Russell chihuahua mix and she is not moving well, throwing up white clear liquid, brown loose stool, drooling, sitting and laying stiff, one of her eyes is swollen, she won’t eat, and doesn’t react to noise. What should I do? My other dog same mix a yr old is just fine. This started in the middle of the day, she went from her normal hyper self to nothing.

jason March 11, 2012 at 6:02 am

my dog has lost her appetite and has been vomiting alot.she has been drinking alot of water,and doesnt seem to have a fever.there has been a parvo outbreak in town although ive read that causes fever.Any one have any ideas?

Linda Kissack March 23, 2012 at 2:07 am

My 12 year old shih tzu was lying on her side and her mouth was bleeding. It bled down the chair and into a puddle on the floor. s
she is eating and drinking. She seems to be alert and all. Her teeth are real bad could this be her teeth bleeding?

emma March 27, 2012 at 8:08 am

My 6ye fox terrier has not been well now for about a week. i had to the vets and they put her a course of antibiotics. She had a temp of 40.c then. now i am not sure of her temp but she is not eating still or drinking, her mouth is dry and she whimpers when i gentle touch her near the ears. She doesn’t shake her head but is sleeping most of the time. I am just looking for some suggestions please.

sharon March 28, 2012 at 8:48 am

my dog as been sick a few times she yelps when she moves on and off sofa she is eating and drinking as normal but sleeping more.

JudithG April 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm

My almost 4yr old dog is acting very strange. He is a doberman mini pincher and he is a very hyper dog and active dog. The problem is that he’s been acting weird these few days. He’s not eating or drinking to much water. When I go to check up on him he starts to shake and when he gets up its like he doesnt have to much strength and shakes. PLEASE HELP he’s our family

Erin April 19, 2012 at 1:39 am

I began weining my mix breed litter of 10 puppies a little early since there are so many and they are teething, figured I would have mercy on the mother. They all ate very well, but two have thrown up since the first feeding from a few hours ago. Is this normal? Did they just eat too much? One did seem less lethargic after vomitting, but I just wanted to be sure it was over eating, or maybe they are still too young @ 3 wks and 2 days…?

admin April 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm

it’s smart to wait until they are around 5 weeks before weaning the puppies. The transition should start with giving small amounts of wet food with water while still nursing.

admin April 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Because your dog is not eating or drinking (very important) this requires medical attention. Shaking is usually associated most commonly with pain or fear. This are symptoms that can be very serious and requires an professional examination.

admin April 27, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Does she have any physical injuries, scratch, limp, etc. This could be the reason for the pain and being less active.

admin April 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm

A big part is beating an illness is remaining hydrated. It is important to find ways to keep her hydrated. This sounds like it could be a serious illness in which medical examination, tests, and treatment are required. The best and safest thing to do is ask your veterinarians opinion on at home care since they are familiar with exam results. Ask about getting IV fluids (electrolytes).

admin April 27, 2012 at 3:56 pm

If this is a results from unhealthy teeth they will require antibiotics to cure the infection living in her gums. Because dental health is also associated with a healthy heart it is in the best interest in getting a dental, getting antibiotics for the infection, and keeping gums/teeth clean with a weekly brushing or dental bones or chews.

admin April 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm

When dealing with parvo, the onset of fever isn’t always immediate. Parvo is particular is very deadly to puppies and young dogs in particular. I’m not sure the age of your dog but the quicker parvo is detected the greater chance you can give them. The fact that she is still drinking is a good sign. If you haven’t gotten her vaccinated I would take her in immediately, when testing for parvo it can sometimes take time to show up as positive, which by then the dog will be extremely sick. Letting your veterinarian know the situation can help you prepare. A parvo vaccine is a relatively cheap vaccine that can be given at any shot clinic. Something to keep in mind is the parvo virus can stay alive in the ground for up t o12 months. This means if you were to get another puppy or dog and put them in a yard or environment that was used by a dog with parvo in the last year, they can contract the virus.

admin April 27, 2012 at 6:08 pm

This could be poisoning of some kind, I would take her into a veterinarian immediately.

admin April 27, 2012 at 6:29 pm

He could be constipated from his food or foreign object. If he’s not allergic to pumpkin, try giving him a little pumpkin puree to ease digestion.

admin April 27, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Blood in the stool is never a good thing and should not be thought of a insignificant symptoms. You may need to talk with your veterinarian about her current stick diet, this could be the problem. She may also have gotten into something poisonous or have something blocking her intestines. Your doctor will be able to preform an exam on your dog and possibly the stool to determine the presence of any harmful matter such as parasites or foreign matter.

admin April 27, 2012 at 7:01 pm

If he still seems in good health I would wait to see if his attitude changes and he goes back to his normal behavior. If he doesn’t and continues then I would definitively suggest seeing a veterinarian.

admin April 27, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Could he be scared for any reason, a thunder storm, loud noises. Does he seem in pain. He could be shaking and panting because he scared which will cause him to drink more to cool himself. Usually a dog will shake more while standing when they are scared. If that’s not the case try to see if he has any injuries. If he starts getting worse take him to a veterinarian right away.

admin April 27, 2012 at 7:13 pm

For symptoms as general as these there really is no way of telling without an exam from a veterinarian. I would search around the house to see if she could have gotten into any poisionous or eaten a swallowed a foreign object.

admin April 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Black mucus discharge can be serious, I suggest finding the closest vet to your town and making the trip before things become more serious. Usually when a dog no longer willingly drinks water it’s something serious enough to bring her in.

admin April 27, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Not drinking water is something you should be worried about. If he continues to not drink you should bring him in right away. In the mean time see if he could have gotten into another poisonous or swallowed something he shouldn’t have. Also make sure that he hasn’t been around other dogs without being vaccinated. If he has been around others infected with Parvo or Distemper it can be deadly to a puppy of his age.

admin April 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm

It could be a malignant or cancerous tumor, or a cyst. I would bring him/her into the veterinarian to have the lump tested.

admin April 27, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Since this has been going on for 3 days I would take him to see a veterinarian.

admin April 27, 2012 at 7:36 pm

This could be related to her kidneys, this is something that needs to be addressed by a veterinarian right away. Blood in the urine is a serious issue.

admin April 27, 2012 at 7:56 pm

I would take him the vet to make sure the bones isn’t still stuck or hasn’t caused in damage to the esophagus or trachea. This can be a serious issue and could even require surgery.

admin April 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm

These symptoms could really be from a variety of different ailments. The best thing you can do is take her to the vet to get a physical exam done.

admin April 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm

If you think it’s somethings serious take him in right away. If he’s eating his food but not drinking, try mixing some water in with his food or giving him some canned food since it has more moisture (water) in it. You don’t want him dehydrated. If you think he’s just stuffy try using a humidifier, if you don’t have one try putting him in the bathroom with you next time you take a hot shower. If you think his breathing difficulty is something more serious which it could be considering his is part pug the best thing you can do is have a vet examine his throat and nasal cavity.

admin April 30, 2012 at 4:40 pm

There are a few things to look at. First see if he’s gotten into something he wasn’t suppose to or normally eats, this could be a reason. If he diet has been consistent, then he may actually have developed an intolerance to something in his current dog food such as soy, corn, wheat, gluten. In the mean time if he’s not allergic to pumpkin, you can try giving him a tablespoon of pure pumpkin puree which should help with his diarrhea.

admin May 1, 2012 at 3:23 am

Symptoms like coughing and the nose changing colors can indicate a variety of different illnesses/diseases. This would require a trip to the vet to determine if it’s a symptom of something serious/life threatening or more simple such as hormonal changes.

admin May 1, 2012 at 3:27 am

Because of her age, I would have an exam done by a veterinarian to make sure it isn’t something serious with her hind quarters. Her symptoms can be caused by a variety of different conditions, arthritis, tumors, spinal or neurological problems. This is something that can only be determined with a professional examination of her symptoms.

admin May 1, 2012 at 3:51 am

Dogs can shiver because they are scared (thunder storms, new people or surrounds), or because they are in pain. You will need to assess the situation to find out why your dog is shivering.

admin May 1, 2012 at 4:03 am

If you are thinking that this is not a physical ailment then it might be possible that she is depressed. Dogs can be depressed just like humans, there is prescription medicines that veterinarians use. If you don’t already try taking her on daily walks to get some sunlight. Just as in humans sunlight is important for the production of Vitamin D and other hormones that contribute to mood. You may also try spending more time playing with or loving her.

admin May 1, 2012 at 4:15 am

This is common behavior for dogs and other animals when they become ill. If you’re not able to bring him to the vet right away, then try to keep him comfortable until you are able to. Make sure he stays hydrated in the mean time.

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