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10 Signs and Symptoms that Your Dog is Sick

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9. Dry, Red, or Cloudy Eyes

Do not ignore symptoms like dry eyes, discharge and crusty gunk, red or white eyelid linings, cloudiness or change in eye color, tearing, tear-stained fur, unequal pupil sizes in your dog as they could indicate an eye infection or disorder.

Dry eye, conjunctivitis, cherry eye and glaucoma are some of the common causes of eye-related problems in dogs.

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If you notice any eye-related symptoms in your dog, consult your veterinarian for prompt diagnosis and treatment.

Long-haired breeds are usually more prone to eye problems as the hair may get in the eyes and cause irritation.

Make sure to trim the hair around your dog’s eyes from time to time. Also, keep your furry companion’s eyes free from gunk by gently wiping with a damp cotton ball. Be careful not to touch his eyeball.

10. Urinary Changes

A change in your dog’s urination pattern is something you should take seriously. Urinating more or less frequently for a day or two may simply be related to your dog’s water intake.

However, urinary changes that continue for a few days can indicate many health problems. Changes in either the frequency or the color of the urine can be an indication of an illness.

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If your dog is urinating inside the house, drinking excessive water or needs to go out more often than usual, it may be a sign of many health problems, such as diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, adrenal gland disease or a urinary tract infection.

If your dog is trying to urinate but is unable to do so, take him to the veterinarian quickly as it can indicate some form of blockage and can be quite serious.

Blood in the urine is another telltale sign that your dog may be suffering from a bladder infection and needs immediate medical attention.

Additional Tips

  • A dog’s ears may droop if he feels sad or has an ear infection.
  • If your pet’s normally pink gums have black patches, it indicates serious dental problems.
  • If your dog’s eyes are cloudy, it could be a strong indicator of cataracts.
  • If your dog keeps chasing her tail, it can indicate an inner ear infection called labyrinthitis.
  • Runny eyes or nose may be signs of respiratory problems, as are gasping or shortness of breath.
  • Progressive changes in weight over two to four weeks can also indicate a problem.
  • Swelling in a dog’s stomach area can mean constipation or gas and bloating.
  • Excessive aggression can indicate a rabies infection.
  • If your dog is exhibiting stiffness or lameness, it may indicate hip dysplasia, arthritis, disc disease or ruptured ligaments.
  • Nosebleeds can indicate trauma or parasites within the mucous membranes in the nose.
  • Keep your vet’s phone number handy so it will be easy to find if you have an emergency.
  • If you’re not sure whether or not your dog is sick, seek your vet’ advice.

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