When to Take Your Dog to the Vet: Dog Illness Symptoms

60vet-careIn our blog post last week, we examined ten symptoms of cat illness. This week, we turn our attention to our canine friends.

For many, pet dogs are like family members, but unlike human family members, dogs cannot always effectively communicate when they are having health issues. Some health issues are obvious, but others—which can be serious—are not.

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Symptoms of Dog Illnesses

If you are unsure when you should take your dog to the vet, consider these symptoms of dog illnesses:

  • Vomiting – It is not uncommon for dogs to vomit and it is not necessarily a symptom of an illness in your dog, but if you notice your dog vomiting, be sure to watch your dog more closely. If you notice that your dog is less active or exhibiting unusual behavior after vomiting, it could be a symptom of something serious and you should call us immediately.
  • Uncommon urination – If your dog is experiencing more frequent urination or straining to urinate, this could be a symptom of a serious illness that requires immediate attention.
  • Change in dietary habits – A dog’s appetite can change frequently and it is not necessarily a symptom of canine illness, but if you notice unusual dietary habits for an extended period of time, call Germantown Veterinary Clinic immediately to schedule an evaluation.
  • Abnormal body temperature – Abnormal body temperature can be a symptom of illness in your dog. A dog’s normal body temperature should be between 100.5 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. If you suspect that your dog’s body temperature is not normal, you can take its temperature with a rectal thermometer. If the temperature reading falls outside of the 100.5 to 102.5 range, call us immediately.
  • Change in appearance – If you notice a distinct change in your dog’s appearance, the first thing you should do is see if your dog will eat or drink anything. If food and drink is refused, call Germantown Vet Clinic to schedule an evaluation.
  • Changes in activity – If your dog seems less energetic than usual or shows signs of physical pain when moving around, call us or schedule a check-up today.
  • Gum color – If you notice strange behavior in your dog, check its gums. Healthy canine gums should be pink in color. If your dog’s gums are yellowish, white or blue in color, this could be a symptom of anemia in your dog and should be checked out by one of our veterinarians immediately.

If you are unsure when to take your dog to the vet, consider the checklist above. If you are still unsure or concerned about your dog, schedule a veterinary appointment with us and we will be happy to check for any serious dog illness symptoms.

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If you notice your dog is acting out of character, it is a good idea to take notes about any strange behavior they may be exhibiting. This information could be very valuable to us when you bring your dog in for a check-up.

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