Is Your Dog Sick?
Signs of canine illness
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.
Eyes: 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,  Frequency of
defecation, Bloody stool,
evidence of parasites, etc
Change in amount of food
intake, body, weight,   water
intake, Urine, Color, Frequency,
Amount, Straining, Dribbling, etc
Change in amount of food
intake, Change in body weight
Change in water intake, Urine,
Color, Frequency, Amount,
Straining, Dribbling, etc
Odor
Mouth?
Skin?
Ears?
Other?
Coat & skin
Wounds
Tumors
Hair loss
Dander
Color change
Biting
Scratching
Bite marks
Evidence of
parasites

Licking,
change in
behavior
Depression
Anxiety,
Fatigue
Lethargy
Sleepiness
Trembling
Stumbling
Falling, etc.
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.