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How To Know If Your Dog Isn't Feeling Well

Dogs are family members for many people, and just like with small children, we want to make sure that they are healthy and happy. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell when our furry friends are not feeling well. This blog will outline some early signs that may indicate that your pooch is not feeling well. As a veterinarian, I will also provide some tips on what you can do to help make your pup feel better.

What are some signs that my dog isn't feeling well?

Dogs can't tell us when they're not feeling well, so pet owners need to be aware of the early signs that something may be wrong. Here are some of the most common symptoms that your dog may be sick: -

  • Loss of appetite or decreased interest in food
  • Vomiting or regurgitating
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased water intake or urination
  • Lethargy or lack of energy
  • Won't play or run like usual
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Inability to stand or walk normally
  • Excessive panting
  • Pale gums

These are just some general guidelines, so please consult your veterinarian if you notice any other changes in your dog's behaviour or physical condition.

Time is of the essence when treating sick dogs, so don't wait until things get worse. You know your dog better than anyone, so if you feel that something is wrong, don't hesitate to take action.

Is my dog in pain?

One of the key ways to tell if your dog is not feeling well is to look for signs of pain. Pain is a signal from the body that something is wrong, and it's important to pay attention to it.

  1. Dogs may vocalize when they're in pain, indicating something is wrong.
  2. They may also avoid movement, preferring to remain still instead.

Certain behaviours may be clues that your dog is hurting, so it's important to be vigilant for any signs that something may be wrong.

What are some signs my dog has the flu?

There are a few key signs to look out for if you think your dog might be sick. One of the most common indications is sneezing and a runny nose. Depending on the illness, your vet may prescribe medication or other treatments.

It's also important to keep an eye on your dog's fecal output and keep track of any other changes in behavior. Thankfully, most cases of sickness can be treated if caught early on, so don't hesitate to get help if you think something's wrong.

How to treat your dog at home

If you think your dog might be sick, it's important to take action as soon as possible. You can start by trying to treat your dog at home. There are a few things you can do to make your dog more comfortable and help them feel better. You might need to call your vet if the problem is more serious, but these tips can help in the meantime.

  • First, make sure your dog has plenty of water and access to food. If they're not feeling up to eating, try giving them some wet food or broth.
  • You can also give them cold water to drink or put a cold pack on their abdomen.
  • Consult with a vet more for specific instructions or modifications
  • And finally, make sure they get plenty of rest!


This is an important topic for dog owners to be aware of - if you think your dog might be sick, there are some key signs to look for. But don't worry; we've got some good suggestions for what to do if you think your pup might need a trip to the vet.

Thanks for reading, and we hope this information has been helpful. Remember, if your dog is sick, the best thing you can do is seek professional help.

Stay safe and keep your furry friend happy and healthy!

Dr. Sadia, DVM, M.Phil. (Veterinary Medicine)

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