Dog Symptoms

Is My Dog in Pain?

Pain in Dogs Needs Our Attention

How to Recognize Dog Pain and How You can Help

It is worrisome to us if our beloved dog is in pain. Sometimes we may not be sure if they are and the nagging question can haunt us. There are many conditions to consider when determining if our dog is in pain, and how well you know your pet is one of them. Every dogs reaction to pain is going to be different and their personality has much to do with it.

There are many conditions that can cause pain in dogs and our precious pets can hide it extremely well at times. This is where reading body language becomes important. The more aware we are of how our dogs behave and why they do some of the antics they do, the easier it will be for us to determine if our dog is in pain. The following are some examples of how dogs in pain can respond:

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Why is my Dog Panting?

Panting in Dogs is Normal if it is not Excessive

Discover the Reasons for Dog Panting

All of our dogs pant to some degree and it is perfectly normal for them. It is when dog panting is excessive and there is no real reason for it that we need to be concerned. It is not normal for our dog to be breathing heavily and appearing uncomfortable. This huffing and puffing with the tongue hanging out could mean an underlying condition that needs to be looked at.

The only sweat glands dogs have are on their feet so it is normal to pant as that is how they cool themselves off after a workout or if it is really hot outdoors. The brachycephalic breeds such as pugs, Boston terriers and bulldogs will always be more of a panting dog due to their short nasal passages and windpipes making them work harder for heat reduction. 

Dog panting is normal after a play session, exposure to a stressful situation, anxiety or in dealing with pain. There are other reasons they could be panting from and these need your prompt attention. Any of the following… Continue reading

Why is My Dog Limping

A Limping Dog can be a Serious Condition

Learn the most common reasons your dog is limping

We all know the dreaded feeling in the pit of our stomach when our beloved pet returns to us from running around and is now a limping dog. We wonder what they did and what part of their body they did it to! How badly your dog is limping and for how long they are limping is going to determine if a trip to the vet is needed.

There are so many activities that can leave dogs limping and it doesn’t have to take a dramatic fall or accident to cause this. The simple act of running and chasing a ball and twisting to turn can cause an injury. In fact, many anterior cruciate ligaments (acl) are ruptured from this simple act alone. We can’t deprive our dogs from playing and expending their energy so a limping dog may be the end result at times.

 The following is a list of the most common reasons of why a dog is limping and helps to pinpoint the reason instead of being in the dark. The list is by no means conclusive and if my dog is limping for an extended period of time, I would definitely go to the vet and have it checked. There could be a more serious underlying condition and dogs don’t fake it! So check for the following: Continue reading

Close to a Miracle – Stop Allergies in Dogs

Dog Allergies can be Frustrating

This natural treatment for a dog with allergies truly works!

There are so many ways that a dog allergy can manifest into something ugly and annoying. They can create terrible itchy skin irritations, bouts of chronic dog diarrhea, asthma and wheezing, stinky ear infections, stomach upset and vomiting, fussy appetites, weepy and goopy eyes, runny noses, enough gas that could light up a house and so many more.

So many of these dogs with allergies are led into a lifetime of drugs and medications, that only mask the dog symptoms and create even more of a nightmare for them. Countless other symptoms in dogs appear from the side effects of these prescribed drugs. That is not my idea of a program for health and longevity for our loving companions who depend on us.

So most of us would be reading label after label to ensure that none of the offending agents could possibly be hiding in their somewhere, but now a days they are making the print so small anything could be missed! Following this elimination diet is very useful but can also be time consuming to narrow it down to what is causing these dog allergies. Later if we re-introduce the food, the inflammatory response could flare up immediately.

There is a way to permanently rid the allergic response in your dog’s body.

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Eight Dog Symptoms – A Possible Dog Headache

Dog Symptoms of a Headache Can be Easy to Recognize

Here is what to look for when you are questioning the symptoms in dogs and if it’s a dog headache

You may have asked yourself if your dog was ever suffering from a headache. Well it is a fact that dogs suffer from those head throbbing pains just like their human counterparts. Given that dogs have 20 times more olfactory receptors than we do, they can pick up scents we don’t even know exist, which could lead to allergies in dogs, nasal irritations and ultimately a headache.

Symptoms of dogs with a possible headache can display a variety of behaviours. Knowing what normal behaviour in our dog is will help when we encounter any of the signs. The following could indicate that your beloved dog has either a minor headache or a major head throb: Continue reading

25 Top Symptoms in Dogs

Here are the top 25 dog symptoms most people are concerned about

While there are more than hundreds of symptoms in dogs that can get us worried, these are the most common

 

  • Bad breath –  is doggie breath that is very stinky! When our dog’s breath really smells, there could be an underlying issue.We can mask it with breath fresheners, drops or brushing their teeth with scented toothpaste for dogs, but in the end there is a reason for the dog symptoms they are experiencing. Some of the reasons for the offensive breath could be gingivitis, periodontitis, abscessed teeth, lung disease or kidney disease, tumors in the mouth or something stuck in the mouth.
     
  • Panting  – is the dogs primary method of cooling itself. It can also be a result of fear, stress, pain and disease or overheating. It is important to watch how rapidly your dog is panting to address if it needs medical attention.
  • Diarrhea – can be chronic. These symptoms in dogs can lead to weight loss and  essential nutrients not being absorbed. When diarrhea persists for 3 or 4 days, it can be from bacterial infections, intestinal parasites, fungal infections, inflammatory bowel disease, food allergies, blockages or a host of other reasons. Check for mucus or blood in the stool and contact your veterinarian if your dogs diarrhea persists. Letting diarrhea go on can lead to death.
  • Coughing – in dogs is just like we do to remove an offending particle or obstruction in the throat. Coughs that last for a few weeks are more serious. This can be from bronchitis, heart-worm disease, lung tumors, kennel cough or heart failure among a number of other reasons. As always, if a cough persists consult with your veterinarian.
    Constipation – can cause your dog distress and pain. When the dog has difficulty passing stool it is usually dietary, environmental, or from drugs and medication. Sometimes it can be from neurological, endocrine or metabolic diseases. If a dog receives fiber in their food every day and regular exercise, they usually will have no problem with regular bowel movements.
  • Depression– can be from a variety of influences. If there has been a change in the household, a family pet deceased, an illness, a divorce, or a move, this can all lead to behavioral changes in your dog. Dogs are  very sensitive to their surroundings and will pick up on the energy of their owners and mirror back what they are projecting. Pain can be another reason for depression in dogs. Watch closely to the symptoms of dogs to find what  the underlying cause may be.
  • Vomiting – can be very minor or very serious.

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Dog Diarrhea

One of the most useful and common recommendations for diarrhea in dogs is the use of probiotics. These contain beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacillus, acidophilus, and Bifidobacterium bifidum. Many dogs become deficient of these from taking different medications and antibiotics. These beneficial bacteria perform valuable functions such as the production of enzymes and protection from cancerous substances.

When a dog is lacking in these beneficial microorganisms they can have vomiting, diarrhea, allergies, immune imbalances and liver trouble. Most diarrhea in dogs resolves in twenty-four hours. If the diarrhea persists it is important you get to a veterinarian. There are a number of different homeopathic remedies available to help these symptoms in dogs with diarrhea. Continue reading

Stress and Behavioural Problems

I think stress in our dogs is very much an overlooked symptom. There are many factors pointing to a stressed out pet and we as humans need to know what those signs are. We surely can recognize them in ourselves, how is it that we don’t see it in our dogs?

Our beloved dog can be stressed from interpersonal relationships within the household. They can be stressed from something as simple as boredom. Not adequate stimulation throughout their days can lead to that. As intelligent dogs they need to be stimulated mentally and physically each day. If there is not enough attention given to them or enough exercise given to them each day, they will suffer from stress.

  • Stress symptoms in dogs can appear as immune system dysfunctions
  • Yeast problems
  • This will impact the adrenal glands and other organs
  • Behavioral issues can arise
  • Weakened animals will have the reduced ability to deal with any further stressful situations very well

 It is important to look beneath the surface symptoms when dealing with stress in your dog. More than likely you will discover the reasons for their stress by observing their behavior. Continue reading

Allergies and Skin Disorders

Our companions can develop symptoms of an allergy or skin disorder at any time in their life. The more compromised their immune system is the greater the chances of something like this happening. Any dog that is genetically weak and fed poor quality food, plus exposed to daily stress, is a prime candidate for an allergy or skin eruption to occur.

The constant scratching or chewing on the skin culd be anything from flea-bite sensitivities, a reaction to vaccinations, or chemicals in the environment or diet. We need to look back at what we fed our dogs or what events happened leading up to the cause. There are many contributing factors that could potentially come into play here.

Many conventional treatments usually encompass antibiotics, steroids, antihistamines or as much as tranquilizers for the cure all. All of these only give temporary relief and in the end can only create a much worse case scenario of liver disease, adrenal disease or kidney failure. There are many side effectsContinue reading

Dog Appetite Loss

 Appetite Loss in Dogs

Many times a pet will lose their appetite for a day. This is fairly common and not much of a concern except if it carries on into longer than 48 hours. If our dog has lost their desire to eat it could be for a whole variety of reasons. Whenever it goes beyond two days it is time to see your vet.

Some of the causes of loss of appetite could be from the following:

  • Bacterial or Viral Infection
  • Digestive Problems or Upset
  • Dental Disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Kidney Failure
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Constipation
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Respiratory Illness

When a dog is not feeling well usually one of the first signs is them turning away from any food. Sometimes it can be something as them just not having enough exercise to bring on an appetite. Other times it can be stress related or even changes in the weather. Continue reading