Is Your Dog Sick? Here Are 6 Signs For The Lead

Having a pet is a blessing. It is a constant feeling of gratefulness since there is always someone you can crib before to vent your frustration out and snuggle during your hard days. Loving a human demands something in return but the love that you choose to bestow on your little creature with paws is undemanding and never-ending. 

While a pet dog definitely makes life all hunky-dory, taking the right care of him is equally necessary and difficult. And what makes up for the most complicated share from this vast platter of having-a-pet-challenges is recognizing when is his health in a bad shape. If you’ve been observing your dog’s behavioral pattern closely, it won’t be difficult for you to notice the changes that his body and everyday routine exhibits. However, there are still several signs that you might miss or just misconstrue. 


 Here we bring a compilation of 6 signs that you should definitely not ignore from your dog that might be indicating unhealthy symptoms.

1. Behavioral Changes

Dogs are social creatures. They love to play around and seek your attention. However, look out if your dog is withdrawing himself socially. A sick dog often seeks isolation, is excessively lethargic and grumpy. The condition is characterized by a significant drop in the energy level, even if your dog was always an electrifyingly active canine. He may also become aggressive and often growl when you try to go into his close vicinity.

On the contrary, there are also dogs who, when sick, become extra clingy and ask for your attention and love. That’s downright adorable and cute but hey! Its causing pain to your loved one. Approach a vet as soon as possible. 

2. Change in urination and defecation pattern

If your dog has suddenly started peeing too much or the opposite, there might be a problem. If your housetrained dog becomes the reason behind increase in urinary and fecal house accidents, again, your dog needs to be checked up at the earliest. 

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3. Breathing Changes

Look out if your dog is coughing and wheezing excessively. It signifies the respiratory malfunctioning of the body. Running nose and bad breath are also the symptoms you should worry about. Trouble in breathing, continuous gagging, noisy breathing, etc. are all the signs you shouldn’t avoid at any cost. Check out the color of your dog’s gums and tongue if he exhibits such symptoms if its tint of blue instead of pink, rush to a vet immediately.

4. Stomach Trouble

A sick dog will show noticeable changes in appetite. Sudden loss and gain of weight should be worried about. Vomiting, diarrhea, swelling, and pain in the abdomen, restlessness, blotting, etc. are all the signs of a health issue that your canine buddy might be suffering from. 

5. Changes in Appearance

Losing hair, rashes, unending itching, development of lumps under the skin, bumps over the skin, etc. are all the signs that clearly indicate that your dog is suffering. If you spot him scratching his ears way too much or shaking head all the time, you need to seek medical help at the soonest. 

6. Painful Situations

There are some obvious factors that reflect when your dog is in pain. For example, if he is unable to run, jump or move the way he did before, or there is swelling at joints that are warm to touch, your dog is in pain. While eating, he will certainly face some difficulty in chewing and swallowing, which is another sign of illness. Other factors include reluctance from your dog’s end when you touch the paining body parts and agitation. 


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Janet Fudge

Janet Fudge writes on general health topics for She holds a post-graduate diploma in Public Health with a major in epidemiology. During the outbreak of COVID-19, Janet actively volunteered in vaccination drives throughout the state of Iowa. She lives in Iowa with her husband and two children.