7 Signs Your Dog Is Sick – Sick Dog Symptom Checker

Dog Symptoms

  • Dog symptoms are not actually that hard to read. Most people tend to have an idea that their best friend is sick right away. Here is a quick guide on how to tell what might be wrong with your furry friend:


  • Take a close look at your dogs coat. This is an easy visual clue to how your dog is feeling on the inside. A healthy dog’s coat will be shiny, which is an immediate indication of health. If your dog’s coat is duller than normal, this may be a sign that they are feeling ill. Excessive shedding is also a bad sign. Shedding will occur with the changing of season, but be aware of times when your dog sheds more than normal.

Activity Level

  • You know things are good when your dog gets up in the morning and follows you around. A warning sign is if you call them and they won’t get up or are slow to get up. Any drop in activity level could be an indication that your dog may not be feeling good.


  • Dogs have three eyelids. If you can plainly see their third eyelid it may be an early indication of a fever. Another quick indicator is bloodshot eyes. Check the clarity of the whites of your dogs eyes to determine if there are potential health issues.


  • You can actually use a digital thermometer to check your dogs temperature yourself at home. Dr Randall recommends using a digital thermometer and checking the dogs temperature for 30 seconds. A normal healthy temperature will be between 99-100. If your dog has a temperature high above or below this range it may be an indication that they are feeling sick.

Other Dog Symptoms To Check

Drinking Water

  • Too much or too little water intake can also be a sign of a problem. In addition to being a sign of stress in general, refusal to drink water is common among sick dogs, along with loss of appetite. Too much water could be a sign that they have a fever, kidney problem, or hormone issues. Along with many of the other dog symptoms on the list, extreme change in your dog’s behavior is worth looking into.


  • Dogs can vomit seemingly without reason sometimes. They actually have voluntary muscle fibers in their esophagus and will use them any time they think they may have eaten something bad. But, if your dog is vomiting excessively or vomiting blood, this is a good thing to seek help from a Veterinarian about.


  • The issue may be temporary so keep an eye on they for about 24 hours. If your dog has been limping for more than a day, it may be a sign of a problem. Dr. Randall believes that dog’s are slowing down and limping much earlier than they should be. A big reason for this is poor diet and poor joint and ligament condition. Consider giving your dog Flexpet, as a natural supplement to their joint health.

Dr David Randall author photoWritten by Dr David Randall, DVM
His father established the clinic in 1977 and the the younger Dr. Randall always knew that he would follow closely in his father’s footsteps. Dr. Randall graduated from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985 and began his career at Big Cypress Animal Clinic.

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        1. My dog all she’s been doing is laying down won’t eat barely drinks water lost lot of weight an keeps crying she is like 10 or 11 year old pitbull .

          1. Hello, I was wondering if you found out what happened because my pitbull is doing the same thing but he’s only 6 and a half mi the old.

          2. My dog is doing this same thing in addition to crawling under our shed (it’s on blocks) digging under there and jumping on people, these are things she never used to do. Does anyone know what’s wrong with her? She hasn’t been spayed yet but she is not in heat right now. She is two.

      1. She just lay around doesnt eat hardly drinks water. How can i help her.? I put waterin her mouth and she not well.

        1. Try some vanilla ice cream. I’ve done this with several elderly dogs and they really enjoy it. Don’t give it to her melted, but right out of the freezer. Just scoop it out, put it in your hand and see what happens. All the best to you and her,

      2. My dog is laying around and not eating or drinking – no
        Energy won’t jump
        On couch or bed – have to pick him up

    1. My dog is just standing and acting as if she’s stuck I really want to know if she is okay because I don’t want it to be something really bad. Also she won’t eat her dog food but she will only try to eat human food. I’m serious this is not fun to deal with because I love her with all my heart.❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️Pray for Daisy!!!daisy may be 7 years old and she’s a pit bull mix with Rottweiler

    2. My Dog is a short haired chihuahua all she does is sleep I know this something she is Asian eyes I can like Melissa and she don’t drink much water I don’t know what’s wrong with her

      1. My friends dog was fine this morning but came in and lied down so she ask me to cone in and calm her as she is my buddy and runs to me well she didn’t get up she is moving her hear back and forth and won’t nolqgebyoyr 5hetebcan u help me pls
        Yours truthy CHRISTINE RUSTON

    3. I have a small dog and he’s just been laying around he ate this morning and he was drinking water but he’s not playing today what can I do

    4. My baby is eating and drinking her water. I have to bring it to her. She isn’t going to the bathroom though and has a low fever. Yesterday she hid under the bed all day long. Last night I put her on my bed where she still is. I have been putting pumpkin and olive oil in her wet food. What else can I try because I can’t afford a vet right now

      1. Hi Diana, Sorry to hear your pet is not feeling well. We are unable to give medical advice other than suggesting you contact your veterinarian.

    5. mine to hes just laying there and i filled his bowl up all the way and he will usually eat all of it but he is not eating anything and just laying there and hes usually up playing with me

  1. My dog is a pitbull, she get stomach aches at once a week, won’t eat all day long, today she is just laying around & not eating , should I take her to vet? She is a cancer survivor .

    1. Yes, we do recommend taking your pet to the vet. It sounds like you’re describing a dog that is acting very out of character, and if she is not feeling well on top of that, we do recommend a trip to the vet. Hope she’s okay!

    2. I didn’t have a cancer survivor fur baby but I did have one that was so sinsituve to anything he ate so I gave him probiotics (dog kind or ppl kind) and it helped him so much. A lot of the times he wouldn’t eat because he hasn’t pooped and then it was kinda like magic once I let the meds kick in he was outside doing his business and then begging to come back in to eat. Hope it helps.

  2. I have 11 yr old cocker. Fleas for the 1st time ever. Shampooed, treated. Developed skintags and he’s chewing them off. Gave him some icecream and noticed blood in his mouth. Very worried.

    1. I thought I lost my fog outside so I looked all nite and 1 am I heard a noise it was my little Chihuahua and I had called him over and over earlier that day and I just now found him he’s acting weird just laying around the house and I don’t know what’s wrong with him, I found him under my bed..I dont understand Why he wouldnt come out from under the bed

        1. All the fur babies that does not want to drink or eat please take them to the vet because my 3 yr old saint bernard passed away before i could get him in to see one dont know what got him but it was quick its breaking my heart I miss him so much it’s better to be safe than sorry!!!

    2. I took my dog to the vet yesterday they gave him a shot he ate a little today l gave him water with a sponge but still laying around alot he did play very little today

  3. My 12 year old Bichon is going out frequently during the day. He never has accidents. The last two nights, he has had runny stools left in the family room by the door. Even though he has gone outside 3 times during the night. He cannot seem to get enough food. Does not seem more lethargic than usual. He has flatulence, which is not normal.

  4. He’s dead now he did 5 minutes ago. When I found him he was limp with water around his mouth be he was still trying to get up. I couldn’t bear to watch him but the vet’s wasn’t a choice because I had no way to get there. But I just want to know how he died he was fine yesterday.

  5. I did not know that too much or too little water intake could be a sign of a problem when it comes to your dog’s health. It is also good to know that one should pay attention to a dog’s appetite. My sister says that it is a good idea to visit the veterinarian’s office regularly to find small health problems when they arise and prevent the more major issues.

  6. I love with a friend who owns a female pittbull. She’s old. But the problem with them and get I’ve noticed is the dogs name is girl. Girl is ALWAYS sleepy. She will get up to go outside to use the bathroom. But u have to make her. And she always limps around when she walks sometimes to the point of tripping. Kind of like she miss steps or will trip herself but not intentionally. Not to mention her fur. It’s very dull and she sheds more than I’ve ever seen. They have wood floors. I clean the floors and Maybe 4hrs. Later no shit, u can see nothing but white hairs everywhere girl walks and lays. Its ridiculous. She also has a huge lump on the inside of her mouth it looks to be on her gum line. Maybe a cyst or something and i know it bothers the poor baby. It has to. And she doesn’t get up to drink too often but when she does drink its an entire full bowl of water at one sitting. The owners know she’s old. They refuse to put her down. But know that’s most likely what’s in her best interest. I’m scared for the poor baby because she can’t hold her bodily fluids for long. And the parents both work long hours art work. Thank God for me not working and always being home. I sometimes have to help her up out off her dog bed and help her get going towards the back door to use the potty. What sho u suggest i do?

    1. awww really probably just keep doing what you are doing and helping her. Unfortunately dogs get old and they need help sometimes. But just about everything you described is the same way my dog is and she is a pit bull dog except she is not old. She can hold her pee all day and she can move around. But she sleeps all day long just about I have to make her get up most the time. She is the laziest dog I have ever seen. She is only about 3 years old and I just got her about 6 month ago. She was abused before and she is very very skittish. I’m about the only person she even likes and my boyfriend. But I am the only person she will come to when we call her. She is my baby and I spoil her rotten. I just worry about her not ever getting up except to go outside to the bathroom and sometime I have to make her do that. And then she will only eat about one time a day and she will drink up all her water then too. Even though I keep trying to get her to eat and drink all day she won’t do it until late afternoon to dark time. She sleeps with me so she is with me 24/7. And she has always been like this I have noticed other people with bull dogs saying the same things. Is it just how they are or what? Oh and the dull fur and shedding omg she sheds so so bad it’s awful. I will hug her and be covered in her hair. So is this normal for bull dogs? Does anybody know? Because if there is something I can do to help her I would love to do it.

  7. I have a small dog that recently is acting strange. He has been laying around and doesn’t eat much. Now he suddenly just burst out with these whinnying noticed ever so often. Which is worse I just lost two other dogs which were his parents for now reason. So I am worried that I’m about to loose him as well. Please help and say you have some idea what maybe wrong. Thank you. -Sarah-

    1. my dog is 3 years old went outside as usual came back in started barking and whining for about ten minutes now shes laying down and resting and quiet. what should I do now.

  8. I have a 3 yr old shih tzu who was deemed perfectly healthy upon his check up 2 months ago. He went out to do his biz and when he came back in he started acting strange. I can’t find anything obvious such as a bite. He is stretching his neck back as if looking at the ceiling, seems restless and is making these noises not exactly what I’d call a whine and is sniffing a lot he’s breathing a little harder than normal but that could be that he hasn’t fully cooled down yet…

  9. hi my dog was alright this morning before i let her out now she is just lying around breathing heavy but she is on her period what could be wrong with her

  10. We took our dog to a kennel while on vacation. I picked her up yesterday. She’s not the same. Totally exhausted. No energy. Walking like she just wants to sleep. It’s been almost 24 hours since. Getting her and now I wonder if she has been poisoned or drugged. Please advise.

  11. My dog seems to be sleeping more than normal, and I am starting to wonder if she is sick. It is good to know that you know things are good when your dog gets up in the morning and follows you around. I am glad to know that a warning sign to watch for is if your dog will not get up or is slow to get up. We will pay a visit to the veterinarian soon, thanks.

  12. my dog has been straining to defficate and peeing in the house today…is this serious I’m calling the vet first thing tommrow.

  13. This morning my wasn’t her self . Usually she chases my little house dog around when I let her out she walked up to her but went back to her blanket. I left for the day came back she was throwing up and wouldn’t eat the peace of chicken I set out. What can be wrong I’m hoping she hasn’t been poisoned by someone she is a German shepherd mix I got her when she was a puppy in March I think she about 7 or 8 months old .

  14. It is Saturday pm. Dog goes out, poops normal, eats, sleeps well, but just lays around today. I was sick 2 days ago, vomit, diarrhea, chills, sweats. I bathed him yesterday. He sleeps with me. A few days ago for a couple of days, he drank more water.

  15. I went on vacation and left my dog with a dog sitter . I came back and she is very skinny almost like they haven’t fed her what can I do to get her to eat for me

  16. Hi Dr. , our purebred miniature dachshund “Fancy” is laying around whining a lot, the last few days … her peeing and pooping habits have not changed … yesterday and today, she would not eat her regular dry dogfood (my wife usually enhances it with a little gravy or a little egg yolk) … she will go to her dish and eat a few bites then she walks away … she done that a half dozen times or so yesterday and 2/3’s of yesterdays breakfast is still in her dish, this morning.

    She was born the second week of June 2016 and today is Nov, 18, 2017 … could she br coming into heat? Her 1st 2 heats seemed normal and she didn’t lay around whining constantly, like she is now, My wife says that her teets look a little bigger than usual ( I don’t see any difference) Her little woowoo doesn’t look enlarged and she’s not bleeding yet, Even when she’s sleeping she is groaning and whining, sometimes, not all the time! 🙁

    Is it possible she’s just going thru her hormonal changes b4 her next heat. Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated 🙂

  17. Hello. I had a pit bull she was 11 months old. She was throwing up yellow acid looking stuff and she wouldn’t eat. She also didn’t have a bowel movement. All of these symptoms lasted 3 days. I woke up his morning and she had passed. Do y’all know what could have happened.

  18. I have a 1 1/2 yr old shih tzu female. She was a finicky eater but once we figured out what she liked she was eating fine. Recently she wants no part of food or eating. She has gone 4-5 days without eating., and when she does make an attempt she throws it up. I don’t know if I should worry cause someone told me that’s how shih thus are. Please advise on on wat I should do.

  19. My dog (Bentley) is only 5 is very hyper active and really smart. 3 days ago he got a chicken brown swallowed almost whole. The next he diarreed in the house. He also is attached to me and noticedhis eyes bigger. The weather is changing snow to 10 and back up to 70. .. I’ve been physically sick also depressed I want to see any possibilities alwAys had allergies has 1 tesricle and a limp favoring 1 foot downstairs … He gets healthy food a lot of attention spoiled

  20. My pitbull is 15 years old. This week she started not eating or drinking for 3 days. Last 2 days she will eat very little but does drink water. She seems fine 1 minute and they next won’t get up. I made her get up and going she has blood on her blanket. What do I do? Is she shutting down,? HELP

  21. Our Beagle mix is stretching a lot and is restless so we bring him outside where he acts perfectly normal. Is he playing us?

  22. My dog has had diarrhea and been pasing a lot of gas he’s about 20 months old I’m not exactly shure though because I found him but I’ve just kinda noticed he’s been panting and tounge out I am mainly a hypercondreax but I don’t think he is acting normal anyone have an idea I’m so worried for him he is my life and the awful thing is i have no money to take him to a vet and I pray to god he is fine

  23. My dog is still a puppy.
    Before he was always playful and eats normally..
    But now my dog quickly got thin,
    He would never eat or drink.
    He always walks weakly..
    He lays around always…
    What should I do?
    Is there anything I can do to help my puppy???

  24. My dog is 16 years old, he had been okay till like a couple of weeks ago. Now he doesn’t want to get out of bed, he hardly eats, he vomits alot, mostly liquid, he has pee accidents inside and he has what it seems orientation problems, he also walks unbalanced. I don’t want to put him through all that medical testing because of his age, I don’t know what else I can do to help him?


  25. I have a 9 1/2 yr. old dachshund he has backward sneezing, which I know how to take care of. He also would have gagging at times. About three weeks ago I noticed Mr. D started drinking more water than usual. A week ago he started coughing now he seems lethargic, sleeping more doesn’t want to move around, not even interested in his favorite toys. He always slept on my bed on his own pillow on the left side of the bed near the foot. So I know something is wrong because he’s sleeping on his bed in my closet. He only does that for a little while then he’s at my bedside wanting up. My bed sits high up off the floor so he isn’t able to get on it without help. But instead he’s sleeping in his bed & I’m not letting anyone bother him, once you touch him he starts coughing so I’m letting him sleep. I have an appointment with his vet on the 23rd. But is there anything I can do for him between now and then.

  26. It really helped to know that refusal to drink water in dogs is not just a sign of stress but also a sign of fever, kidney problems, or hormonal issues that can be detrimental to their health. If that is true, then I will see to it that I take my pet to the vet as soon as I get home. Since last night, he stopped drinking water, and though I was worried, I never actually took it seriously. Hopefully, it is not too late. Thanks!

  27. my dog is a Mastiff almost a year old usually had a very good appetite but lately over the last few weeks doesn’t want to seem to eat but it’s still extremely active playful want to play all the time he just won’t eat we feed them chicken everyday but he seems not want to eat the chicken anymore but it’s still extremely active and playful could he have a intestinal block

    1. I am having the same problem with my 1 year old boxer. Always ate well but the past few days he doesn’t want to eat at all. Still playing still drinking water just won’t eat.

  28. My puppy for the last two days she hasn’t ate or drank. Now she is drinking very little water but pukes it back up..Do you have any idea what this could be

  29. Yes I have a pug chihuahua mix he goes without eating for two to three days and he’s losing his hair so bad I can’t keep up with it he has no balding anywhere it’s just his hair is falling out all over the place he’s at shutting enough for five dogs I brush him I bathe him I don’t know what else to do he doesn’t seem his self a lot lately and it’s really scaring me because he’s all I have I would like to know what you think I should do that it can help I’m on a budget so therefore I don’t have money to be taking him to the vet to have tests done but at the same time I don’t want to lose my baby any help would be really appreciated

  30. I have a 15 month old black lab. Super energetic, bouncy, and is always getting into something. Yesterday he didn’t eat supper and this morning he didn’t eat breakfast. All he’s wanted to do is lay around. He drank more water then usual last night and today he just had no interest in anything. Is this normal or is he sick?

  31. I have a 8 month old Shih Tzu and we take walks all the time but now as we’re walking she keeps sitting down and I don’t understand what’s going on

  32. Dogs vomiting or eating is a serious sign. I’m going through same issue with my 10 yr old lab he was diagnosed with liver cancer I also pulled a huge tick off of him this morning now he isn’t getting up eating or drinking too to vet gave nausea meds but not doing much for him. Going to call vet again in morning idk what cld be problem took ultrasound and X-rays today showed no changes. He’s on prednisone low dose helps w vomiting. I love my Rocky so much. Hope he’s ok ?

  33. My dog is a short leged staff she is nearly 8 years old she as gone off her food will only eat if i feed her by hand she is normaly very bouncy but the last few day she not doing anything just lieing in her bed i am not sure if she as come in to season cause she was only about 3 weeks a go she is drinking plenty of fluids she is not her normal self at all

  34. My puppy is 12 weeks old, he was given to me. He barely eats or drink , he want come me he just stays in a corner. If I take him out ,he do his business then runs and hide in the bushes. If I come near him he turns his face to the wall. What’s wrong with him, has he been mistreated?

    1. He could have been. That’s how my dog is m. She is getting a little better but she only likes me. She doesn’t want nothing to do with anybody else. She was abused before I got her. Just be patient and constantly pay him attention. Rubbing him a lot so he knows your not going to hurt him, play with him, give him treats a lot, and my dog sleeps with me. And now she will come to me when I call her and she listens to me but nobody else . Your dog will come around just give it a little time.

  35. our dog woke up yesterday with swollen, red eyes. She threw up and seems to be having a hard time breathing. We gave her 2 benadryl and it helped her significantly. Today, she looked fine in the morning but by late morning she looked and was acting the same. We gave her more benadryl but we don’t know what it is or if we need to rush her to an after hours vet since it’s 4th of July.

  36. I have a 2.5 year old cocker spaniel who has been acting totally off the last few months. He’s always been pretty food motivated, but recently he has started inhaling his food at meal times, he’s harassing my other dog for his food as well as wandering the house constantly sniffing like he’s looking for food. He takes tissues off the table and eats them, he begs constantly for scraps and treats. Our other dog is a heavy chewer with a nervous issue so he needs things to chew on. The cocker has started taking toys away from my other dog even if he’s playing with something. And this is a dog who honestly just used to sleep all day. Even as a puppy he’d just sleep. He’s also started having issues where he’s pooping and peeing in the house and doesn’t care whatsoever about asking to go out, he just does whatever he wants. I know people say dogs aren’t spiteful but his behavior seems pretty mean. I’m kinda at a loss at what to do with him. I live in an apartment that we rent, I can’t keep having him just poop everywhere all the time. I’ve tried praising him when he uses the bathroom outside. I’ve tried keeping him in his crate (he poops in there, too). I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve had to clean his mattress in his kennel. We don’t feed him table food at all anymore because we’re worried it’s food making him ill. I’ve even caught him trying to take things from the trash lately. He has all his shots, he’s fixed, I feed him twice a day, grain free dog food and in the morning sometimes I add wet food to both of their meals. He’s been on the same dog food for months, none of that’s changed. I have no idea what’s causing this.

    1. Honestly it sounds like preteens or something. Lol you know how some times teenagers will do bad things just to get attention. That’s what it sounds like your dog is doing for some reason I don’t know why. Has something changed right before he started acting like this. Did you just get the other dog? Or anything. Maybe it’s just a stage. Or maybe you need a dog trainer. Good luck

  37. I have a blue pitbull just recently when she’s been playing in the house she seems to keep losing her balance and when she needs to go outside to use the restroom she seems to be running sideways and she ran sideways back to me then act like it was hurting her to come up the steps as well as going down the steps would you happen to know what this could possibly be

  38. My little dog was outside to long an I’m guessing dehydrated when I bring her back In she been stuck not moving at all tried giving her water but she won’t drink she been at the same spot for abt 24 hours wit her tongue out but I will be taking her to a petsmark tomorrow morning but I don’t want it to be to late please help ASAP !

  39. My dog woke up this morning not wanting to eat or drink.. he has been throwing up thick white foam he just stands there he looks drowsy and has the runs.. what can be wrong..

  40. I have a pomeranian who’s 4 yrs old. My husband and I noticed he was acting strange. Today all he did was lay in his bed. This is very strange for him he’s a very active dog especially when someone comes in. Today he not doing any of that. He did throw up last night it was foamy and thick mucus. Today no throwing up just not doing anything. Can anyone help me.

  41. My puppy chichuaha is acting weird. She is whining and doesn’t stop running back and forth from her bed to my bed she is staring at me and whining she can’t seem to stay still when I hold her and try to calm her down slowly her head won’t stop shaking I can’t make it stop and I think she is satrtjg. To whine more now and looking more anxious

  42. My shihtzu frits my best friend my child i got him when he was 3 weeks old someone stole his mother and the other pups parished i raised him with a eye dropper and ground up hamburger and my family vet give me a formula to give in his mouth with a eyedropper well he has been super healthy for 17 years he is a pure bread imperial shihtzu today he didn’t wake me up so i carried him out side to pee all day long hes been lifeless just sleeping deeply could anyone please give me a idea whatmay be wrong with him its a holiday and all the vets are closed were i live iam a old man and don’t want nothing to happen to my boy i love my dog please give me a solution what i can give him to make him run and bark and follo me around thanks

  43. my 3 year old mixed went outside as usual came back in.in a few minutes she began barking then whining for about ten minutes now she is laying around as normal. what could be wrong.

  44. My 11 yr old poodle/maltese started to suddenly jump up like she was bit by something. This happened every time she would be at rest. No fleas to speak of, eating fine, this happened all day yesterday so I thought she may be constipated and gave her a little milk mag she went out this morning had movement a good one and seemed fine then Just now she is resting and she jumped again what could this be I just cannot afford a vet at this time and I am worried

  45. I have a 10 month old St Bernard. that all of a sudden wants to kill my little dog. He all most killed him last week now my little dog has to stay locked up in my bedroom and he is getting nippy with me I have tried every thing and I’m at my wits end with him I don’t know what to do so if some can help me I will be so greatful

  46. I’ve noticed that my sister’s dog hasn’t been moving much from his bed, and this is starting to worry her. As you’ve mentioned, he’s slow to get up, so this may mean that he’s sick. I think I’ll tell her to take him to a pet hospital so he can get treated as soon as possible.

  47. Hi my friend dog, is throwing up brown stuff now she not moving off the porch just laying there what should she do r what does that mean when she not moving

  48. I have a female chi she is fixing to be 12 in october for about 4 years now she been doing this swollowing thing it comes and goes she is not in destress with it or having trouble breathin or anything. Its a random thing last maybe 2 minutes i cant pin point any particular day or night what time just comes from out of the blue no particular pattern she could go weeks months without it. Its just really weird

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