Canine First Aid for Hydrotherapists

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Dogs and Illnesses

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Recognizing Signs of Illness in Dogs


The Importance of Early Recognition

Understanding every possible illness in dogs is not necessary, but recognizing when something is amiss holds great importance. Early identification of illness allows for timely treatment, preventing it from becoming a serious concern.

What a Healthy Dog Looks Like

Key Indicators of Health

  • Brightness, Alertness, and Mobility
  • Normal Head and Tail Position
  • Clean Skin Without Irritations
  • Absence of Fleas or Insects
  • Clear, Bright Eyes
  • Normal Eye Colour
  • Clean Ears Without Dirt or Odour
  • Clean Mouth with Healthy Gums and No Excessive Saliva
  • No Unusual Nasal Discharge
  • Clean Tail Area
  • Healthy Paws with No Swelling or Redness

If you are familiar with what is normal for your pet, you will readily notice when something is awry.

Recognizing Signs vs. Symptoms

Understanding Pet Observations

In the case of animals, you do not have symptoms as they cannot communicate verbally. However, they exhibit various signs that observant pet owners can notice and act upon.

Potential Health Concerns

Common Conditions to Watch For

  • Parasites: Indicated by skin licking, scratching, or redness.
  • Hair Loss: Can suggest a reaction to fleas.
  • Eye Disorders: May exhibit discharge, blood in the eyes, or vision problems.
  • Heart Problems: Signs include weakness, exhaustion, fainting, pain, and reduced energy.
  • Bone and Joint Problems: May result in lameness, discomfort, or paralysis.
  • Mouth and Tooth Disorders: Indicated by mouth bleeding, growths, bad breath, or redness. Excessive saliva and eating reluctance can also be signs.
  • Seizures or Fits: May suggest a nervous disorder.
  • Digestive Disorders: Signaled by vomiting, diarrhea, weight fluctuations, or stomach tenderness.
  • Urinary Disorders: Indicated by frequent urination, urination problems, blood in urine, odour, or discharge.
  • Respiratory Disorders: Signs include coughing, breathing noises, wheezing, sneezing, laboured breathing, or nasal discharge.

Consulting the Veterinarian

Seeking Professional Help

If you observe any concerning signs or unfamiliar issues, it is essential to consult your vet promptly. Provide as much information as possible, either by remembering or noting down what you've noticed. The vet will conduct a thorough examination, perform necessary tests, and diagnose and treat your pet accordingly.