Taking care of a sick puppy can be worrying, confusing, heartbreaking... and often expensive.
When Fido doesn't seem to be feeling well, it's easy to panic, and it can be difficult to figure out if there really is something wrong..... and to decide exactly what you should do about it.
But your little guy is relying on you to take care of him, and to get him the right kind of help, right when he needs it, so it's important to that you know how to recognize the most common signs of illness and to make sure that puppy health care is a high priority in your home.
Read on to learn how to tell if you really do have a sick puppy on your hands.....
There are a few serious, potentially fatal, infectious dog illnesses that your puppy could catch if his little body doesn't have the necessary antibodies.
That's why it's so important to begin scheduling his puppy vaccinations right away.
The signs and symptoms of these dangerous diseases are varied, and to make matters more confusing they can often also be the sign of an entirely different, or much less serious, problem!
Just as you know your own children so well that you instinctively recognize when one of them is acting 'out of sorts', it won't take long for you to see your puppy's' special pattern of behavior.
You'll soon know what's normal for him, for example:
When it comes to protecting your puppy's wellbeing, this is all important stuff, because one of the earliest signs that all is not well with Fido will most likely be behavior that is unusual for him.
If you see any of the following, your little one could be ill, and you need to get veterinary help right away:
This handy tool can also help you figure out what those symptoms mean and can link you to over 2000 articles on pet health.....
There are too many potential symptoms for me to cover on this page. But the ones listed above are the most common, and are seen over and over again in the questions that I get asked on a daily basis.
If you don't see the symptoms that your puppy has that doesn't mean that he's just fine, it could be something that I haven't mentioned or a more unusual problem.
The bottom line is this... if your puppy is acting in a way that isn't normal for him, or you are at all worried, then you need to get a professional veterinary evaluation to make sure that he's not sick. It's always better to be safe than sorry in these cases!
Having a comprehensive source of pet health information that you can turn to is always a good idea, and here are some more books fit the bill perfectly. I'd definitely recommend having at least one of them on your bookshelf.
If, after reading this page you're still in doubt about whether or not you have a sick puppy on your hands, or you need help, there are a couple of options you can try.My Puppy Health Problems Q&A:
This is a collection of questions received from visitors to this website, and the answers I gave. Some questions come up over and over again, others are more unusual, chances are good you'll find something relating to YOUR question here.
You can get a quick, professional answer to your puppy question (or a question about any type of pet for that matter) from a qualified veterinarian without the cost of a real-life visit.
Get access to this useful service on my Ask A Vet page.
Of course this is NOT the route to take if your pup is really ill, or you have an emergency situation!
Although even the healthiest little guy can fall ill or have an accident, you can help prevent a certain amount of problems by making sure that you pick a healthy puppy, from healthy parents, to begin with.
You'll find lots more tips, advice and information to help you HERE
Any pet owner soon finds out that veterinary care doesn't come cheap! Fortunately for our pets, veterinary science is moving forward in leaps and bounds and many conditions that used to be a death sentence are now very treatable.
Unfortunately the treatments are also often extremely expensive, and if your pup gets injured or becomes seriously ill you could be looking at thousands of dollars worth of vet bills in the blink of an eye.
But you can protect both your pup, and your bank account with pet health insurance.
Check out my Pet Dog Health Insurance page to find out more - including the questions to ask the insurance company, how to compare policies, and even get free, no-obligation, quotes for your pet/s.
Is My Puppy Sick?