Dog Symptoms: Knowing the Difference Between Mild and Serious

Dog Symptoms

Just like human symptoms, dog symptoms can be mild enough to the point of being undetectable or serious enough to cause real concern. Dry nose, for instance, is rarely a cause for concern. It is completely natural in most cases. On the other hand, distemper, one of the worst dog diseases worldwide, demands immediate medical attention. If your dog has distemper, the following dog symptoms will be present: • “Gunky” Eyes • Chest Congestion • Coughing • Diarrhea • Heavy Nasal Discharge • Weight Loss There is no cure for distemper and the disease is highly contagious. The good news is, with proper vaccination your dog will be protected against this deadly disease. Dog symptoms for other serious disease run the gamut from severe diarrhea and depression to decreased appetite, fever, and lethargy. If your pet has any of these dog symptoms, it may be caused by a number of serious conditions or mild conditions such as kennel cough (easily treated), ringworm (easily treated), parvovirus (fatal if not treated immediately), retinal dysplasia (symptoms can be controlled), and leptospirosis (can be treated). Proper vaccinations can protect your pet against many fatal diseases, so if your dog is up-to-date with his shots, he shouldn’t have to experience any unpleasant dog symptoms or diseases during his lifetime. In addition, regular check-ups can help catch other conditions early enough to be successfully treated. If your pet has any of the dog symptoms listed below or symptoms of distemper, please visit your vet immediately. • Clotting of the Blood • Conjunctivitis • Cough • Depression • Fever • Folds in the Retina • Hair Loss • Kidney Inflammation • Lethargy • Scaling • Severe Vomiting • Worms or Parasites in the Stool