May 292012
 

As proud dog owners we spend a lot of time with our loved ones and nothing could be more important than the health of our best friends. Playful and healthy dogs occasionally will come down with a sickness; and unfortunately dogs are not able to tell you when they are feeling down and under the weather. As a concerned owner you need to know the signs of a sick dog to be most effective in catching it as early as possible. Bellow I have listed a few signs that an owner should look for in a sick dog.

Signs of a Healthy Dog:

  • Healthy dogs have a temperature of 38.3-38.8°C
  • Respiratory Rate of 15-20 breaths per minute
  • Heart rate of 80-120 beats per minute
  • Dogs have pink mucous membranes located in the gums, inside of the lips and inside of the eyelids with a rapid capillary refill action in these areas. This basically means that when you push onto these areas they will turn pale and will return to bright pink as soon as you have released.
  • Clear, bright eyes indicate a properly hydrated dog
  • When you gently pull the skin on the back of the neck up and let go, the skin should not stick together. If it does, this is an indication that your dog is dehydrated.
Three dogs nose to nose

Contact your veterinarian if these symptoms occur:

  • If the eyes are swollen, discharging and appear red
  • If the nose is running, crusting or producing a discharge
  • If the Ears are producing a discharge, contains debris, has an odor, is twitching, scratching or shaking his ears
  • Coughing, gagging, sneezing, retching or even vomiting
  • If you notice irregular breathing, shortness of breath or prolonged or heavy panting
  • Make sure to examine your dog’s stool samples if there is:
    • Change in color and consistency of bowel movement
    • Frequency of defecation
    • Bloody stool
    • Evidence of parasites
  • Change of food intake
  • Increase or decrease in body weight
  • Change in water intake
  • Odor Changes
  • Urine Changes, such as color, frequency and amount
  • Coat and Skin changes such as Tumors, hair loss, color change, scratching and licking
  • Behavioral changes will be prevalent such as depression, anxiety, fatigue, sleepiness and trembling
This article was provided by Kate, who works for Pet365 and Calle Arco as a writer. She’s a proud dog owner herself and loves helping others out with pet issues.

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