What to look for if Doggie Looks Sick

Here are some signs to watch for that might indicate the need for veterinary attention. Please note that this is not a list prepared by a Vet, just a general list of items to look for as alerts. When in doubt, don’t wait to get help from a Vet or a person with doggie health experience. If your doggie exhibits any signs that do not seem normal, call your vet right away.

Contact your veterinarian or go to an emergency clinic if you observe any of the following signs:

Blue or very pale gums, labored breathing, collapse or loss of consciousness, unresponsiveness, severe vomiting and/or diarrhea, inability to walk, extremely bloated abdomen, trying to vomit repeatedly but nothing comes up, severe wounds or bleeding.


Doggie body temperature over 104 F or under 99 F. Normal is typically 100.5 F to 102.5 F. 

If you notice any of the following signs, particularly if they last for more than a day or two, time for a visit to your vet:

Appetite changes, bad breath or other odd odors that are not normal, weight loss or gain, anxiety, mild vomiting or diarrhea, lameness, excessive salivation, frequent and/or inappropriate urination, constipation, excessive scratching or dull, dry, or flaky hair coat, nasal discharge or congestion.

Displays of mild to moderate pain, such as whimpering or resistance when a specific area is touched, or action is taken.

You should contact your vet if you notice any signs that you deem abnormal for your dog.