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Recognizing Illnesses

Dog with ice pack on head ill

The American Veterinary Medical Association therefore suggests that you consult your veterinarian if your pet shows any of the following signs:

  • Abnormal discharges from the nose, eyes, or other body openings.

  • Abnormal behavior, sudden viciousness, or lethargy.

  • Abnormal lumps, limping, or difficulty getting up or lying down.

  • Loss of appetite, marked weight losses or gains, or excessive water consumption.

  • Difficult, abnormal, or uncontrolled waste elimination.

  • Excessive head shaking, scratching, and licking or biting any part of the body.

  • Dandruff, loss of hair, open sores, or a ragged or dull coat.

  • Foul breath or excessive tarter deposits on teeth.