8 Symptoms for Sick Dogs

Often we find ourselves worried for the worst. Our dog is like a family member, one of our most prized possessions and we want it to stay healthy. 

Paying attention is essential when looking at whether your dog is sick or not. Often a dog's behavior will give away clear signs that it’s sick. Since dogs can't speak they tend to tell us in other ways. 

In this article, we’re going over the 8 Most Common Symptoms for Sick Dogs, so you can take appropriate action. 

1) Vomiting

Although vomiting itself isn’t a dead give away and a lot of dogs vomit from time to time. 

If your dog is out in the garden playing around eats something and vomits and go back to playing again after you shouldn’t be worried. 

However, if your dog persists and vomits multiple times a day. It’s probably best that go to the veterinarian to check up on your dog’s wellbeing. 

2) Change in activity level

Like many others, you may have a very energetic dog that likes to jump around and wag its tail. 

But if you find yourself seeing a big change in your dog's activity levels as well as other symptoms from this list you should look at contacting the nearest veterinarian. 

Although, remember dogs also get tired and a veterinarian should only be contacted if the issue persists over a longer period of time. 

3)  Urinating 

Often it's about the small changes in routines that can communicate to you that your dog maybe isn't having it's the best day. 

Urinating more or less often can play a contributing factor when looking at potential symptoms. Frequent urination is a common sign of illness. 

4) Coughing  

Next up, is coughing. Coughing can be a sign of heart diseases, heartworms, or even lung diseases and should be taken very seriously if your dog coughs constantly. 

Persistent coughing could be a sign of kennel cough. Kennel cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease and if you have multiple pets the chances of all of them being infected is quite high. So, whenever your dog starts coughing it’s important to keep your eyes awake to ensure the safety of other dogs. 

5) Runny eyes and nose

Symptoms like runny eyes or nose and other flu-like symptoms like sneezing should always be looked at. You may think your dog has got a cold but the fact is that dogs don't get colds.  

However, these may be signs of respiratory problems instead. 

6) Hair loss and itchy skin 

Is your dog scratching its ears every time you look at it? Well, this could be the result of fleas, mange mites, or ear mites. 

Although, it could also be caused by endocrine problems, fungal, and a whole lot of other things. 

7) Major weight changes 

Rapid weight loss could be caused by gastrointestinal disorders, that affect your dog's stomach and their intestines. 

If you ever have any concerns about your dog's weight the right thing is always to speak to your veterinarian immediately. 

Although, some weight loss is normal and not all sudden weight loss is due to illness or chronic conditions. 

8) Swollen gums

Swollen gums could be caused by gingivitis. Gingivitis is inflammation along the gum line where the gum contacts the tooth. Normally, this will also cause your dog to have bad breath. 

Here are 4 things to combat swollen gums: 

  1. Dog mouthwash
  2. Nonsteroidal (probschirbed by your veterinarian)
  3. Antibiotics
  4. Dental cleaning

However, the treatment will be dependent on the seriousness of the issue and we recommend consulting with your local veterinarian. 


To ensure your dog stays healthy it’s worth doing yearly check-ups with your veterinarian to detect health problems early on. You may sit and shake your head thinking about all of those medical bills. 

Despite that, it’s important to note that these expenses are more than likely to pile up if your dog’s illness gets undetected for a long time. 

Remember, if you for any reason may suspect that your dog isn't feeling right it's always good to call your veterinarian to double-check. 

Too often dogs only show a few subtle signs that may be bigger than it may seem. And whilst blogs like these can be helpful they don’t replace a veterinarian.

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