How to Tell if a Dog is Sick

By Melissa Maroff


much as you take good care of your canine baby with regular check-ups at the vet, vaccinations at the scheduled time and a healthy diet--unfortunately, as with all living beings--illness is inevitable. Luckily, in most cases, there are telltale signs to look for. The following are ways to tell if your dog may be ill and requires a visit to the vet.

Step 1:

Observe if the dog has diarrhea and/or is vomiting. This may be an allergic reaction to food or something the dog swallowed that he wasn't supposed to, and is often nothing to worry about, however, it could be an indication of something more serious. If the vomiting lasts more than a day or if the diarrhea lasts more than a few days or contains blood, mucous or is black and tarry, a vet needs to check it.

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Melissa writes for various publications on a range of subjects, including her most favorite: pets. She's covered everything from animal activists to dog parks for magazines like WHERE, Valley Scene and The Pet Press and was a writer/editor for the Dallas Times Herald. A former stand-up comic; she's appeared on A&E, VH1 and Comedy Central. Melissa lives with her husband and two mixed-breed rescue dogs and is in search of a purse big enough to carry the 80 lb. one shopping with her on Rodeo Drive.


Comments (2)
May 7, 2009 puppylover1214
Jul 7, 2009 cavalier-luver
this was helpful thanks now i can tell if my pup is sick.(not that he's gunna be) :)
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