Welcome to a brand new feature of Doggy Times, Veterinary Corner! Here and there I will post a blog entery with some helpful veterinary tips and tricks. Please note: I am not a veterinarian, so please consult with your veterinarian if you have any questions about your dog’s health. I will only be listing information on various diseases, typical treatments, and things to look for. I will be using various references for this series of blogs. Every illness is different for every dog, so please do not use this blog as your final source. This series of blogs is only intended to educate, not to diagnose or treat.
Signs Of Illness
Part of keeping your dog healthy is knowing what to look for. Loss of appetite, increased thirst, and abnormal behavior are some of the signs of ill health. Consult your veterinarian if your dog exhibits any of the following signs:
  • Abnormal discharges from body orifices such as the nose, ears, or genitles
  • Abnormal lumps
  • Change in behavior
  • Dandruff, loss of hair, open sores, or a ragged or dull coat
  • Difficult, abnormal, or uncontrolled waste elimination
  • Excessive head shaking
  • Foul breath or excessive tartar deposits on teeth
  • Increased water intake
  • Lack of appetite
  • Limping or difficulty getting up or lying down
  • Noticeable weight gain or loss
  • Scratching, licking, or biting any part of the body (excessively)


Ref: The Dog Bible Edited by Kristin Mehus-Roe