Common Disease Symptoms


Eye discharge or redness

Ear redness or itchiness or discharge

Red gums or a red gum line bordering the teeth; bad breath

Change of voice or vocalization times

Nasal discharge

Coughing or breathing hard

Appetite – eats little bits and often, finicky, won’t eat meat, will eat cooked meat but not raw meat, eats plastic or ribbon or string or other inedible items, ravenous appetite, change of appetite

Increasing thirst

Vomiting – any type of food, liquid or hairballs; “sensitive stomach” to food changes

Spraying urine, urinating more often, straining to urinate, crying when urinating; running from the litter box after urinating, urinating outside the box

Soft stools, hard or dry stools, change in stool consistency with diet change, running away from the litter box after defecating, passing stools outside the litter box; loose stool after certain foods

Dark discharge around the bases of nails

Itchy skin, dandruff

Rough, dry, lusterless haircoat; a change in hair color

Change in grooming habits

Quarrelsome, aggressive to people or other animals

Change in sleep habits

Weight loss or gain


Behavior changes, interaction changes


Missing hair (bald patches)

Stiffness, lameness, walking more slowly, taking stairs more slowly

More tired or changes in activity

Fears of noises, people, etc.

Skin bumps or tumors

Eye discharge or redness

Nose too dry, loss of pigment, nasal discharge

Ears red or itchy or warm to touch, head shaking, ear discharge

Retained baby teeth

Red gum line bordering teeth; bad breath

Discharge at base of nails, nails crumbly or deformed

Vomiting- “sensitive stomach” after some type of food for example

Eating non-food items such as rocks, sticks, plastic, clothing, feces, etc

Gurgling in abdomen heard often

Passing offensive gas often

Diarrhea or soft stool – might be after only certain foods

Anal gland problems – need to be emptied by the vet or groomer, licking the anus, scooting rear end along the floor

Weight gain or loss

Itchy skin –licking or scratching more, rubbing face or ears, or chewing on body

Noticeable body odor

Warts, lumps

Walking stiffly or lameness, getting up slowly from lying down or sitting positions, difficulty going from standing to sitting position

Behavior problems – fear of noises, people, storms , or of separation from owner; aggression to people or other animals, destructiveness, running away from home, hyperactive or not listening to owner, etc.

Change in interaction with others

Change in urination habits or leaking urine


Loss of pigment of foot pads or nose, haircoat color change

Missing hair in spots

Change in appetite: decreased or ravenous appetite

Increased drinking

Change in sleep habits

Change in activity or exercise habits