Top 10 signs that your dog may be sick and what can you do


Just like people, the health of a dog changes with age. Unfortunately, our pets are much older than us.


Regardless of the age of your dog, you play a key role in helping her overcome the disease and stay as healthy as possible. Remember, your dog can't describe your symptoms, but she can tell you the signs of the disease. Aware of the signs of the most common diseases is one way to help reduce the risk of pets being affected by them. One thing that is worrying is that at least 10% of pets have a potential illness in their health checks at their owners and veterinarians. 

Top 10 signs that your dog may be sick:

  • Bad breath or drooling
  • Excessive drinking or urinating
  • Appetite changes associated with weight loss or increase
  • Changes in activity levels (for example, lack of interest in what has been done)
  • Stiffness or difficulty in climbing or climbing stairs
  • Sleep more than normal, or other behavior or attitude changes
  • Coughing, sneezing, overgasing or difficulty breathing
  • Dry or itchy skin, soreness, lump or shaking head
  • Frequent digestive disorders or changes in stool
  • Dry, red or cloudy eyes
If your best friend shows symptoms of birth, you should contact your vet immediately.

Unfortunately, you may not always realize that your dog is sick. Often, even the most well-meaning dog owners attribute the subtle signs of disease to aging.


Because signs of illness are not always obvious, your vet may recommend a preventive care test as part of your dog's annual exam.

Preventive care tests usually include the following:

  • Chemical and electrolyte tests to assess internal organ status and ensure your dog has no dehydration or electrolyte imbalance.
  • Detect if your pet has heartworm, lice spread or other infectious diseases.
  • A complete blood count to rule out blood related conditions.
  • Urine tests to screen for urinary tract infections and other diseases, and to assess the ability of the kidneys to concentrate urine.
  • A thyroid test to determine if the thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone.
  • An electrocardiogram to check for abnormal heart rhythm may indicate a potential heart attack.
  • Additional tests can be added separately. Your vet will recommend the right course for your best friend.


Preventive care screening not only helps early detection of disease, it can also help you avoid major medical costs and risks to your dog's health when the disease is most likely to respond to treatment. . In addition, by determining the normal baseline laboratory value of your pet during your health, your veterinarian and you can more easily see what's wrong with your pet. Annual screening is the best preventive medicine!

For more information on preventive testing, please contact your veterinarian for your best resource for information on pet health and well-being.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian - they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pet.