Signs That Your Dog is Sick

By Refadoc, Posted on : Monday, 09 March 2015 - 11:27 am IST

Sometimes when your dog is going through the effects of being under the weather, the signs will be crystal clear. However, in most cases the symptoms tend to be subtle and overlooked. Here are some of the major signs and symptoms which are related to the eating patterns, energy levels as well as changes in the physical and behavioral changes which can indicate that your dog is suffering. It won’t be easy to tell when your dog is not feeling well. Here are some patterns which you should be looking out for:

  • Changes in the eating patterns:

Dogs can go through a minor virus or a digestive problem which can wane within a couple of days. A change in the eating habits can be a sign of a serious problem. If you are able to see the following symptoms, you should be contacting your vet as soon as possible:

  1.       Eating is far less than usual or seems uninterested in eating at all.
  2.       The dog is exhibiting unusual eating habits when otherwise he has a healthy appetite.
  3.       Suddenly demonstrates an insatiable appetite
  4.       Immediately vomits after eating 
  • Changes in the energy levels:

Just like their human companions, the energy levels of dogs also tends to increase or decrease as per the factors such as weather and activity. Here are some of the symptoms which you should be looking out for:

  1.       Is sleeping more than usual
  2.       Acts very lethargically
  3.       Seems indifferent to the activities which are normally enjoyed by your pet
  4.       Acts restlessly or paces around 
  • Mood Changes

If your dog, which is otherwise outgoing but suddenly begins to loaf around in the corner of the house, it is a cause for concern. If you suspect that your dog is sick, then book with a vet for an immediate checkup. 

  • Physical and Behavioral Symptoms:

Here are some of the other physical and behavioral symptoms which you should be looking out for:

  1.       Watery or sunken eyes
  2.       Tripping or losing balance
  3.       Rapid loss of weight
  4.       Discharge or odor from the ear
  5.       Frequent loss of bowel movements
  6.       Panting throughout the day, when it is trying to sleep
  7.       Coughing
  8.       Drinking excessive amount of water
  9.       Urinating in a place where the dog is not supposed to urinate normally


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