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Top 20 Dog Symptoms That Send Them to the Vet

20 Most Common Canine Symptoms

Dogs get a variety of symptoms and a variety of diseases.

First, just what is a symptom? Many pet owners confuse the symptom with the actual disease.

A symptom is defined as a physical sign or physical sensation that is evidence a disease is present. For example, vomiting is a symptom. Vomiting can result from a variety of diseases or problems such as diabetes can cause vomiting, as can liver disease, a urinary obstruction, diet changes, worms, eating something not digestible. Symptoms have a variety of possible causes.

Another example is limping. Limping is a symptom. A Dog could limp because of a sprain, soft tissue injury, broken bone or…due to a broken nail.

Symptoms can guide your veterinarian toward a diagnosis or help your veterinarian decide which tests would be most helpful in your pet. For example, if your pet is limping, your veterinarian may need to perform an x-ray and may not do blood work.

Which symptoms are most common?

These 20 symptoms that occur in Dogs account for over 25% of veterinary visits in the United States.

Here is the list of most common dog symptoms:

1. Diarrhea
2. Vomiting
3. Skin Mass
4. Lethargy
5. Lameness/Limping
6. Itching
7. Urinary incontinence
8. Seizure
9. Cough
10. Colitis
11. Pain
12. Decrease in appetite/anorexia
13. Back pain
14. Bloody stool
15. Bloody urine
16. Fever
17. Neck pain
18. Urinating more
19. Hives
20. Abdominal pain

Here is a complete guide to all dog symptoms. Go to: Guide to Dog Symptoms

If your dog is experiencing any of the above symptoms – please see your veterinarian.