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How to tell if your dog is sick

Owners who observe and handle their healthy dogs have a head
start on recognizing early signs of illness in their pets. Those who
know what a healthy pet acts, feels, and smells like can spot
differences in behavior and bodies and determine whether a trip
to the veterinarian is necessary.

Healthy dogs have a temperature of 101-102º F, a respiratory
rate of 15-20 breaths per minute, and a heart rate of 80-120
beats per minute. They have pink mucous membranes (gums,
inside of lips, tongue, inside of eyelids) and rapid capillary refill
action in these areas. They have clean-smelling ears and skin
and a full hair coat. Their skin is pliant, an indication of proper
hydration, and their eyes are clear and bright.
If your puppy or dog shows any of the following signs,
be prepared to call your Veterinarian.

Noticing signs is half the battle; keeping a record helps the veterinarian
make a diagnosis. Be sure to note when the symptom first appeared, and
whether it has been intermittent, continuous, increasing in frequency, getting
better, or getting worse before calling the veterinarian.

Odor
Mouth, Skin, Ears, Other?

Skin
Wounds, tumors, hair loss, dander, color
change, bite marks, Scratching?

Eyes
Is there swelling, discharge,
redness, etc.

Nose
running, crusting, discharge, etc.

Ears:
discharge, debris, odor,
twitching, scratching, shaking,
etc.  

Coughing, gagging
sneezing, retching, or vomiting.

Irregular breathing, shortness of
breath, prolonged or heavy
panting, etc.

Intestinal activity
Color and consistency of bowel
movement different,  Frequency of
defecation increased or decreased, Bloody stool,
evidence of parasites, etc

Change in amount of food intake

Change in body weight for no reason

Change in water intake

Urine
Color, change in Frequency, Amount,
Straining, Dribbling, blood in urine, etc

Evidence of parasites -

Lyme Disease can mimic many diseases or
injuries such as limping.

Always notice extra Licking, change in behavior, Depression,
Anxiety, Fatigue, Lethargy, Sleepiness
Trembling, whimpering, Stumbling Falling, etc.

Rapid Eye movement can be a sign of Vestibular Disease
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