Our question this week was:

How can I tell if my puppy is sick?

Your puppy cannot explain his symptoms, so it is your responsibility to notice his first signs of illness.

Common signs of a "sick pet" include: lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, weight loss, disorientation, seizure, unproductive retching, straining to urinate, bloody urine, difficulty or inability to walk, bleeding, pale mucous membranes, difficulty breathing and persistent cough.

Anything you would consider abnormal in yourself or your child is probably abnormal in your pet. You know your pet best and can often notice subtle early warning signs that someone else may not detect. If you observe any of the mentioned symptoms or other signs that concern you, call your veterinary hospital. The safest approach would be to have your pet examined.

For more information, read the article called How to Tell if Your Dog Is Ill.

Dr. Debra

Our question this week came from Alex A., from NYC, NY.

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