Spotting Illness in Your Dog

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Just like us, dogs are vulnerable to infections, infectious diseases, and many illnesses. It is really important we deal with any issues before it becomes too much. Our dogs can’t tell us how they feel. But they can show us. One of the number one things we as dog owners need to be able to do is spot illness in our dog.

If you are a dog owner or are thinking of getting a dog, then you might naturally think that dogs are pretty invincible when it comes to pain. I mean, they don’t wear shoes, they enjoy the outdoors, will run to splash in a body of water pretty easily.

But did you know that dogs actually have a really similar pain threshold to us humans? So with that in mind, we need to be taking steps to keep our pet dogs safe and free from any harm. If it would be painful to us, then it is going to be painful to them.

Just like us, dogs are vulnerable to infections, infectious diseases, and many other illnesses. While we would know if we felt ill or if a child was getting sick, we need to be checking on our dogs to see if they are getting sick, on the daily. It is really important so we can deal with any issues or illness before it becomes too much.

Of course, our dogs can’t verbally tell us how they are feeling. But they can tell show us that they are in distress. So one of the number one things we as dog owners need to do is to check on our pets. Get to know them, and then it will become way more obvious that they are unwell or getting sick.

We need to learn how to spot illness in our dog.

A key point to note is that we shouldn’t give our dogs medicine that is for humans. Just because their pain threshold is similar to ours, it doesn’t mean that the same formula of medication is going to work on them. Seek advice from a pet, in several ways, but especially when it comes to medication.



There are quite a few things that aren’t harmful to us, but can be to our dogs. And you’re likely to find them in many homes. So the following are some things that we need to be careful about at home:

  • Sugar-free gum and candy: Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that can have actual health benefits for humans. But for dogs, there are no health benefits from xylitol whatsoever. In fact, it can cause fatal hypoglycemia and liver failure in dogs.
  • Grapes and raisins: while they are again, something that is totally fine for us humans, they can lead to kidney failure in dogs.
  • Pest-control products: these aren’t exactly good for us if we drank them, but they are certainly not good for our pets either. So keep them locked up, and don’t have your pet outside with you when you are using them.
  • Sago palms: these are a beautiful plant that can adorn the home. But for dogs, accidentally consuming them can lead to vomiting, jaundice, loss of appetite, diarrhea, hemorrhage, and even death. No house with dogs should contain sago palms.


While a lot of the things that are harmful to dogs can be obvious (it isn’t like you’re going to feed them antifreeze, right)? There may have been some surprises for you there. We need to take other steps to keep our dogs healthy and well too. Getting to know them and ensuring they are in a safe environment is all good, but what else will help them?

One key thing is what our dogs are eating. If they are having a well-balanced and nutritious diet, then they will be getting all of the vitamins and nutrients that they need to help them to grow, repair, and stay well. If they are only being fed junk, then they will end up being overweight, making them sick and lethargic. They will lack energy when they aren’t being filled with goodness.


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We all like the occasional treat, though, right? And even our pets do too. So you just need to make sure that you are choosing some that have some actual nutritional benefit. Take CBD dog treats, for example. They contain CBD oil (Cannabidiol), as you might imagine, which can be used to help our dogs relieve pain, as well as deal with inflammation. Natural things like this, and using the oil derived from premium-grade hemp plants, can give them a natural healthy boost. Avoid giving your dog ‘human’ food like chocolate, as treats, as that can be pretty dangerous for them, as well as providing no nutrition for them, just empty calories.

As our dogs get older, they may need more and more of a special diet to help them to stay well and comfortable. That should be worth speaking to your vet about it, though, as they will be able to give you some more guidance.



Not everyone is for giving their pet vaccinations, so it is important to do your own research. But they can be an easy win to keep your dog healthy.



Unless you have your dog as you plan to become a breeder, then you should consider having your dog neutered. It can be a healthy thing for them, as there are benefits like reduction in prostate problems later down the line. But it can also stop them from wandering off, trying to find a mate. This can be dangerous if they do so and could lead to health problems and even the risk of being hit by a car.



All dogs need a collar so that they can be identified if they get lost. It can also be a good idea to consider microchipping them too. Then they can be returned to you quickly and safely so that you can get them healthy and well.



Having your dog healthy and well can be a result of taking care of them in many ways. This includes taking care of them by making sure that they are groomed and brushed regularly, to spot things like ticks, as well as making sure that their teeth are clean and free from a buildup of plaque or tartar.

It may seem like a lot to think about, but taking care of our dog will become second nature to you. When you get to know your dog and practice the steps mentioned above, you’re much more likely to spot if anything is wrong with them, so that you can take steps to help.


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