How Do I Know If My Dog Is Dying Or Sick?


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Ray Hueston Profile
Ray Hueston answered
How do I know if my dog is dying or sick?

The only person who can truly give you an answer to this question is a vet. You don’t say why you think your dog is sick or dying, but if she (or he) is behaving in a way that is different from the usual, you may have cause to be worried.

There are many symptoms in dogs that could mean that they are sick, or even worse, dying.

If your canine friend is usually really active and always charging around, and now suddenly it isn’t, there could be something wrong.

Even if your dog is usually quiet, either because that is its nature or because it is getting older, you should still know what your pet's normal demeanour is like, and have the ability to identify it it’s acting any differently.

Is my dog sick?
Animals tend not to show that they are sick as easily as people do, and this is because any weakness could mean that a predator will come and finish them off. So: If your dog is acting like as if it is sick, then it is.

Besides having a different attitude than normal, there could also be physical symptoms that indicate whether a dog is sick or dying.

These include:

  • Vomiting.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Excessive panting when it isn’t hot.
  • Drinking uncharacteristic amounts of water.
  • Not drinking at all.
  • Swellings around the body.
  • Whining and yelping.
  • Lethargy.
  • Excessive drooling.
  • Dry mouth and nose.
  • Sunken eyes.
  • Soft tissues like gums being pale.
  • Holding a limb.
  • Fitting
  • Frothing at the mouth.
  • Bleeding.
  • Sticky eyes.
This list is certainly not exhaustive, but if your dog has any of these symptoms and is not behaving as normal, then you must take it to the vet as soon as possible.
Mel Amdur Profile
Mel Amdur answered
How do you know if your dog is sick or dying?

  • If your dog is sick, then they will have a change of behaviour, as well as a dry nose.
  • If your dog is dying, it will detach herself from you, lose its appetite, become weak, get sad eyes, and it will stop wagging its tail.
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Anonymous answered
I think my dog is dying. She won't eat and is constantly going to the bathroom anywhere, and she was very well trained. She is shaking really badly, and sleeps almost the whole day.

Me and my sister try to get her up and active, but she is too weak. She won't even take a treat!

My dog also always has her tail between her legs and has a sad look on her face. When she is awake, she follows me around slowly (she never used to follow me or anything like that!).
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Susan Tosi
Susan Tosi commented
Take the poor angel to a vet My last dog had same symptoms and had an infected uterus ...7 days after surgery she died due to septic from infection going thru her system
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Go to a vet.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Maybe your dog is pregnant, my dog was doing that. Not sleeping, eating, drinking, not wanting to get up, couldn't even jump. I took her to a vet, and found out she was pregnant!
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
He will get really lazy and his head will always be on the floor. Sometimes sick dogs will walk around the house whimpering and following their owners.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
The dog's nose will be dry.
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Anonymous answered
If your dog does not eat, you should go to Petsmart or any other market for pets, and buy a force feeder for the dog. It won't hurt him and, if he tries to turn his head, just grab it and stay calm and tell him that you love him, so he knows there's nothing to be afraid of.

You'll probably have to do this for at least a week. If it gets worse, take him to the vet - they'll be able to help you!
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Susan Tosi
Susan Tosi commented
What the hell is wrong with you???? You never foce feed an animal!! You can get a syringe and slowly try giving small amounts of water or chicken broth.You do not force feed a sick child so why would you force feed a sick pet.You are an asshole!!!
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Anonymous answered
I love my dog so much, but she just doesn't look that well and I really don't know if she is just sick, or dying, and I don't want anything to ever happen to her.
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If you think your dog is sick or dying, then take it to the vet immediately!

Why you are searching on the internet is beyond me! Go to the vet!

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