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Determine If Your Older Dog Is Sick
You and your
dog have been together for many years and have shared many good and bad
times. When you were a child, you could tell your parents if something
hurt or was not well with you. Even as a baby you could at least cry to
indicate that something was wrong. However, our beloved pets cannot do
either. Besides, a dog's pain threshold seems to be considerably higher
than that of humans, and they will not whimper or cry until the
discomfort is quite severe. It is therefore necessary for you to know
what is normal for your dog, any changes will be quickly detected. One
good way to do this is to develop the following habits of observation.
1. On first greeting your dog in the morning, stop what you are doing,
and watch him for about one full minute, allowing him to move about as
2. During the morning and evening outdoor activity, observe him for at
least ten seconds as he moves up or down stairs, on and off a curbing,
porch, etc. Let him walk a short distance ahead of you and watch his
body movements for ten seconds.
3. Once a day observe the first twenty seconds of eating a meal, a full
twenty seconds during sleep, a complete urination, and a complete bowel
Many subtle variations from your dog's normal patterns will be noticed
by doing this, even though you are not looking for anything specific.
In addition, unconsciously noticed changes will register on your brain
and, during the giving of the medical history at your veterinarian's
clinic, they will come into your conscious memory. If gross
abnormalities are seen, resist the urge to get upset and excited. Try
to objectively watch those abnormalities, so you will be able to
describe accurately what has occurred.
This observation pattern should become a habit. Though it will take
practice at first, it will eventually occupy only a total of four to
six minutes spread out over your waking day. Most symptoms of illness
are vague, general, or nonspecific. A single symptom, by itself, is
often meaningless, at best, and misleading at worst. There are
so-called pathognomonic symptoms which supposedly, in and of
themselves, indicate a specific illness or disease. While such symptoms
do exist, they are few and far between.
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