Dog Illness Symptom Checker

Do You Need a Dog Illness Symptom Checker?

Dog Illness Symptom CheckerEvery pet owner needs a dog illness symptom checker. There are so many canine illness around, many of which we are not all too knowledgeable in, and knowing the symptoms may help us give our dogs the help he needs more quickly.

There are no hard and fast rules with dog illness symptom checker. Again, there are several ailments out there, some have overlapping symptoms so you should not make a diagnosis on your own. You need to bring the dog to the vet for an accurate reading of his condition.

Also, certain dogs, like the American Pitbull, have a higher threshold for pain so they will not vocalize or give indication that anything is wrong with them until later on. If you have one of these breeds, then you need to monitor them more carefully for any change in behavior and appearance.

What are some of the things you need to look out for?

Change in Behavior:

Appears depressed
Lack of energy or listlessness
Lack of appetite
Falling and tripping over himself
Unexplained Aggression
Always sleeping
Intolerance to exercise or any physical activity

Change in Appearance:

Weight loss
Wounds that does not heal
Hair loss or change in the skin’™s color and texture
Constant scratching and self-mutilation (biting and licking open wounds)
Difficulty in breathing (heavy breathing, shortness of breath, irregular breathing)
Discharge in eyes, ears, nose
Foul odor
Red or swollen eyes
Coughing, wheezing, runny nose
Strange color and smell of urine and excrement
Blood in urine
Urinating in unusual places and in frequent occasions
Parasites or blood in the stool, infrequency of bowel movement


A dog who is sick is usually in pain. If the dog is hurting, he will indicate where the pain is by trying to protect it (hunched up, suddenly jerking away from your touch, etc.). Sometimes a usually good natured pet will show signs of aggression. This is not because he suddenly changed disposition, but because he has pain in some area and this is his way of coping with it. Internal pain or pain because some of his organs may not be functioning right is more difficult to spot, but if your dog is whining or crying unprovoked, it is likely that he is sick and he needs medical attention as soon as possible.

Temperature and Heart Rate:

A healthy adult dog will have the temperature of about 101.5 degrees Farenheit. Puppies below 4 weeks old may have a lower temperature, around 95 degrees so do noAA™t be alarmed if you checked your pup and he seems to have a different temperature from older dogs. It is also helpful to note that the temperature can rise up to 2 degrees if the dog is agitated or excited. A normal adult dog will also have around 80 to 120 beats per minute. You can find the heartbeat on the dog’s lower ribcage.

If you find your dog having some of the symptoms in the above dog illness symptom checker, take him to the vet right away for an accurate diagnosis.

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