know when your dog is sick

Your dog can't talk!

Since your dog can talk, it's important to know when your dog is not feeling well as it might be sick. The normal temperature of a healthy dog is about 101-102?? F, this is one of the reasons why you should never leave a dog in a car while it's hot outside, or without shelter. The best times to walk a dog during hot days is either early in the morning and early evening, walking a dog in the middle of a hot day might make your dog have a heat stroke. The normal dog respiratory rate is 15-20 breaths per minute, and a heart rate of 80-120 beats per minute. Dogs have pink mucous membranes (gums, inside of lips, tongue, inside of eyelids) and rapid capillary refill action in these areas. They have clean-smelling ears and skin and a full haircoat. Their skin is pliant, an indication of proper hydration, and their eyes are clear and bright.

If your puppy or dog shows any of the following signs, see a vet as soon as you can.

??? Eyes: swelling, discharge, redness
??? Nose: running, crusting, discharge
??? Ears: discharge, debris, odor, twitching, scratching, shaking
??? Coughing, gagging, sneezing, retching, or vomiting
??? Irregular breathing, shortness of breath, prolonged or heavy panting
??? Intestinal activity
??? Color and consistency of bowel movement
??? Frequency of defecation
??? Bloody stool
??? Change in amout of food intake
??? Change in body weight
??? Change in water intake
??? Urine: color , frequency , amount, straining, dribbling, odor
??? Behavior: depression, anxiety, fatigue, lethargy, sleepiness ,trembling, stumbling