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5 Tell-Tale Signs That Your Dog Is Sick

February 29, 2020

5 Tell-Tale Signs That Your Dog Is Sick - Team K9

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We all know how it feels to be sick and reach out for some help, but can our dogs say the same? No matter how much time we spend with our furry friends, there’s always some important signs that we forget to pick up on. Because our pets can’t always indicate to us when they’re hurting, you’ll definitely want to keep an eye out for these 5 life-changing signs that your pooch isn’t feeling so well (and what you can do about it)!


1. Panting more than normal

Panting may seem like a pretty normal behavior for your dog. However, be sure to keep an eye on any abnormal panting that occurs. This usually happens when your dog gets stressed or experiences pain. If it seems excessive compared to their normal behavior, occurs at strange times, sounds louder or harsher than normal, or if it occurs with more exertion, be sure to give your preferred vet a call.

5 Tell-Tale Signs That Your Dog Is Sick - Team K9

2. Loss of appetite

Although vague, a dog’s loss of appetite may be a cause for worry if persistent. Your dog can stop eating for a number of reasons including fever, pain, or stress. If this lasts for more than 24 hours, get on the phone and schedule an appointment with a veterinarian right away.

3. Hair loss

Fleas, ticks, mange mites, and ear mites are the primary culprits behind hair loss. This carries a simple treatment but please don’t dismiss your dog’s hair loss as a “minor issue”. Hair loss may also be a result from endocrine problems, staph infections, fungal infections, and yeast infections. OH MY!

5 Tell-Tale Signs That Your Dog Is Sick - Team K9

4. Licking their lips

It is normal for dogs to drool and lick their lips when they see food. However, nausea may also be a reason for your pooch’s excessive lip licking. Nausea is a cause for excessive drooling and as a result, makes your dog lick their lips more. Excessive drooling can also be a signal for “bloat”. This can be dangerous and even fatal, so if you notice this do not hesitate to call your vet promptly.

5. Abnormal coughing

If persistent, coughing is one important dog symptom that needs to be evaluated. Excessive coughing may be related to heart/lung diseases, heartworm, or kennel cough. For most dogs, kennel cough is mild and will go away within a couple of weeks, but for puppies it can be fatal. If your dog develops more serious symptoms as a result of kennel cough, bring it to your veterinarian’s attention as it can progress into fatal pneumonia.

5 Tell-Tale Signs That Your Dog Is Sick - Team K9

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