Illness in puppies is common, but can often go undetected, especially if you are unfamiliar with the signs and symptoms. If you are a new dog owner then there are certain symptoms to look out for.
Vomiting can occur in many puppies, either they have eaten too fast or they have eaten too much. However, vomiting in puppies can also be a sign of an infection. Vomiting can also occur if your puppy has had an allergic reaction to food.
Abdominal pain in puppies can be due to constipation or a virus. Constipation can often make your puppy produce bloody stools, especially if they are finding it difficult to have bowel movement, which can cause a considerable amount of pain and distress.
On the opposite end of the scale, your puppy may experience diarrhoea, which can indicate an internal parasite, roundworm or possibly an allergic reaction.
If your puppy suffers with inflammation it could be a sign of mange, which is often referred to as scabies. This is a condition caused by mites and parasites. They cause the skin to become inflamed and itchy and can cause loss of hair. You may also experience an odour if your puppy has caused lesions by scratching.
If your puppy has a fever, it will be most likely due to fighting an infection or a problem with the immune system. Sometimes when a puppy has a fever, their behaves can differ and they may not seem their usual playful self.
If you notice that your puppy has a runny nose, it may be caused by an allergy, kennel cough or possibly an upper respiratory infection. If the mucus is clear, keep checking to see if the condition gets better. If the mucus is green or yellow, this can indicate an infection, which will require veterinary treatment.