What To Do If Your Dog Is Sick?

Same as humans, dogs can just as easily get sick. But what do you actually do if your dog ends up sick?

There are a few common signs that show your dog might need medical attention. In this article, we will revise those signs and tell you exactly what to do.

So with all that said, let’s jump straight in.

Vomiting and Diarrhea

Vomiting and diarrhea are the two most common signs that point towards some sort of canine illness. The signs are more extreme with pups rather than adult dogs, but the ways to treat are the same.

Pups and adult dogs can vomit and have diarrhea due to multiple things. Infections seem to be the most common cause, but eating bad food is just as common.

For many dog owners, giving leftovers to their dogs is seen as normal. But little do we know is that giving leftovers to your dog can cause stomach upsets which can lead to vomiting and diarrhea.

So if your dog starts vomiting or has a bad stool, then you have to gradually change its diet. Avoid giving leftovers as this will only make the problem much bigger.

It should take around three to four days for your pup or adult dog to start getting back to normal. But during this time, you have to be careful about how much food you’re giving it. If you don’t solve the problem soon, then take it to the veterinarian as you’re only risking the issue to develop into something much bigger such as pancreatitis.

Longstanding Conditions

Older dogs suffer from the same issues that we do. And the cause for these issues is a very natural one; old age.

Old age can cause a lot of pain and suffering in dogs. Not only is your dog susceptible to longstanding conditions, but you will need to care a lot for it.

If some of these issues get out of hand, then you might need to consider nursing care. If you start noticing things getting particularly out of hand, then you should notify the vet immediately.

But what really constitutes a longstanding condition? Well, the correct answer is anything that old age can develop such as neurological problems, difficulties walking or standing up, etc.

When it comes to carrying dogs with longstanding issues, there are a few things to remember. For starters, make sure that they have access to plenty of fresh water. Dogs need water and you shouldn’t make it difficult for them to obtain it.

If your dog isn’t interested in eating, then don’t keep the food just lying around and instead pack it in and offer a smaller amount just in case they do decide to eat.

Another thing to note is that you should make their sleeping are much more comfortable. To do this, simply provide the dog with thick bedding and a warm place to lie down.

Dogs that have issues with standing up or walking should be helped out whenever they need to relieve themselves. But older dogs also need to be taken out more frequently to do so since they cannot hold it as long as an adult and healthy dog can.


Everyone suffers from arthritis, even our canine companions. And while arthritis isn’t actually a sickness, your canine companion will still need taking care of.

Arthritis is actually a culmination of multiple joint diseases. There isn’t a single arthritis disease; up to 100 exist. And that makes the problem a lot trickier to solve. If your dog has arthritis, then the proper means to take care of it revolve around assistance.

Again, you should provide your dog with a soft bed to lie down whenever they want. Dogs with arthritis have it much more difficult to stand up, lie down, and walk the stairs. So you should give it a helping hand whenever it needs to do one of these.

If you’re thinking about giving it something for the pain, then consider a visit to the vet as human medication can be potentially dangerous.

Sore Skin

Sore skin might be the least dangerous illness in pets. And the way to treat it isn’t for your dog to lick the wound or sore area. Instead, you should make it so your dog goes nowhere near the area.

Sore skin can cause a lot of itching, scratching, and irritation. So you can see why your dog would want to lick or scratch the area. But if your dog really has fleas or some sort of an allergic reaction, you shouldn’t let it take care of the issue on its own.

To prevent it from scratching or licking the area, consider putting socks on its back legs or even putting on a T-shirt. Talk to the veterinarian about the proper means of eliminating fleas and give it a nice cold saltwater bath. Salt is very effective in flea removal.

Ticks and fleas might sound only like a nuisance, but they can be a very serious problem since they cause Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis.

When To Call the Vet?

Ultimately, the vet is the place to go whenever your dog experiences an issue. While some of the problems can be solved at home, a vet knows how to help.

If you notice your dog acting up and developing symptoms, immediately call your vet for assistance. If things get out of hand, then schedule a visit to the vet’s office for a more in-depth inspection.

Carrying for your sick dog means giving it the best help you can. And there isn’t a person that will care more for your sick dog than the vet.