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Symptoms To Common Dog Illnesses

This table is not meant to diagnose your dog's illness, nor is it a comprehensive listing of symptoms that are associated with each illness. It is provided to as a guide to you. If you feel that your dog is sick or is experiencing the symptoms, please seek medical attention.

Disease Symptom of Disease
Anemia Lethargy
Very pale gums
Allergies Hair loss
Dry, itchy skin
Ear inflammation
Chewing self
Pink fur around paws/butt
Poor coat
Arthritis Difficulty rising
Difficulty climbing stairs
Behavior changes
Having accidents in house
Bladder Stones Difficulty urinating
Blood in urine
Possible to show no signs
Bloat Attempting to vomit, usually unsuccessful
Hunched up appearance
Bloated abdomen that may feel tight
Whining
Drooling
Foaming at the mouth
Heavy, rapid breathing
Shallow breathing
Collapse
Off color gums
Bronchitis Coughing, may be productive or nonproductive
Wheezing
Cancer Sores that do not heal
Weight loss
Loss of appetite
Odor
Difficulty eating or swallowing
Exercise intolerance
Lethargy
Lumps or bumps that continue to grow
Difficulty breathing
Difficulty urinating/defecating
Cataracts Bumping into things
Cloudiness of eyes
Cushing's Pot bellied appearance
Increased appetite and thirst
Hair loss
Diabetes Increased thirst and urination
Weight loss
Vomiting
Weakness
Dental disease Bad breath
Difficulty eating/swallowing
Weight loss
Epilepsy/Seizures Seizures
Acting out of it
Gallbladder disease Belly pain
Excessive gas
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Gastrointestinal disease Vomiting
Diarrhea
Loss of appetite
Weight loss
Bloody stool
Black or tarry stool
Heart disease Coughing, especially at night
Changes in breathing
Exercise intolerance
Weight loss
Fainting
Panting
Swollen belly
Hernia Lack of appetite
Reluctance to exercise
Pain
Swelling
Hip dysplasia Hind leg lameness (one or both legs)
Swaying or staggering
Discomfort when attempting to lie down or stand up
Reluctance to run and jump
Difficulty rising
Abnormal gait
"Bunny-hopping gait"
Changes in jumping behavior/reluctance to jump
Decreased activity/exercise intolerance
Some dogs can have a clicking sounds that you can hear when they walk or rise to get up
Diminished muscle mass in rear legs (in chronic cases)
Hyperthyroid  Elevated heart rate
Nervousness
Weight Loss
Increased appetite
Increased water intake
Increased activity level
Hypothyroid Weight gain
Dry, thin coat
Lethargy
IBD/IBS Vomiting
Diarrhea
Mucousy stool
Bloody stool
Increased frequency of defecation
Intestinal obstruction Decreased appetite
Decreased energy
Vomiting (possibly projectile)
Diarrhea
Abdominal pain
Kidney disease Increase thirst/urination
Loss of appetite
Weight loss
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Weakness
Pale gums
Bad breath
Ulcers in mouth
Blood in vomit
Black, tarry stools
Behavior changes
Leptospirosis Vary and can be nonspecific and not all dogs will show signs
Fever
Vomiting
Abdominal pain
Diarrhea
Refusal to eat
Weakness
Depression
Stiffness
Muscle pain
Liver disease Yellow or pale gums
Vomiting
Loss of appetite
Swollen belly
Belly pain
Lyme disease Limping
Lameness
Joint and muscle pain
Loss of appetite
Pain  Vary
Depression
Fatigue
Restlessness
Falling
Reluctance to move
Biting at painful area
Change in temperament
Moaning, groaning
Increased respiratory rate
Increased heart rate
Shock, collapse
Pancreatitis  Painful abdomen
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Yellow, greasy stool
Loss of appetite
Depression
Moaning
Tracheal Collapse  Noisy breathing
Coughing
Honking cough

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