Top 20 symptoms your pet is sick and needs help

4. Breathing difficulties


Have you noticed your pet coughing, wheezing, sneezing or otherwise struggling to breathe?

These symptoms can be signs of a number of health conditions, ranging from a chest infection or cold to allergies or other respiratory illnesses.

Dogs should breathe 15 to 20 times a minute at rest, and a cat should breathe 20 to 30 times a minute at rest.

If your pet is breathing a lot more or a lot less, or panting without physical exertion, he may need medical attention.

Cats and dogs can develop seasonal allergies to pollen and other allergens, or they may be reacting to something in your home, such as perfumes, chemical air fresheners or cleaning agents, all of which are highly poisonous to humans and animals alike.

Other potential problems that may result in the inability of your pet to breathe normally include the canine or feline version of the flu, a cold, heart disease, aspiration pneumonia and kennel cough.

Don’t leave a suspected cold or chest infection untreated, as swelling in the airways can lead to serious complications that could even threaten the life of your beloved pooch or kitty. See your vet to find out what the problem is and to get some medication to help your pet breathe a little more easily.

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A,dog that. Chews holes in ur walls of ur house


10 week old border collie , not eating vomiting and losing weight, just wants to sleep!! Help please

Robert W. Lambert

My dog has developed small bumps on his skin. He has short hair and they are all over his body. They have showed up in the last 24 hours. What could this be? The bumps seem to be a little sensitive.


my dog doesnt want to get out of his crate and he just wants to sleep what does it mean?


My 3month old puppy has been spinning in circles for 4rs her pupils are huge loss of balance

Kiara Woodsland

My dog seems to be acting differently. He doesn’t eat his old food, he won’t beg from the table anymore and many other things. Although he still has the same energy and still the pet I love. Does this count as weird behavior? I just don’t know if I should be worried about him being sick or not.

Jim Milrs

My dog is 11 years old for the last2 days she always takrs a walk and she got skunked about8 months ago and she still has a weird smell on her,i cant figure it out.I love her so much she is my best friend I have had since she was 6 weeks old.She is eating and drinking but dont seem to want to do anything,i have no money to take her to the vet could she just be having 2 off days?

James Bergman

It sounds like my dog will react the same way to being sick as me. He will start feeling miserable and grumpy with a fever or congestion and loose his appetite. All pretty straight forward. However, my dog has always been a picky eater. Sometimes he refuses to eat just because he doesn’t like the new dog food we bought. So, how will I tell when he is not eating because he is sick and when it is because he is just being picky?

J Bond

We have a Stafford bull and all he dose is to walk round licking the floor so I am thinking his inside must be full of dog hair and what ever else he finds I have had dogs most of my life but I have never seen or heard or seen a thing like this

Andre Beluchi

Signs of shortage of breath is what my wife saw in our dog. She thought the dog had an asthma attack and because of this she took him to the veterinarian hospital. We were glad she took him there because in reality he was having an asthma attack.

Mrs harris

My dog has gone mad since he had his cone of biting and jumping and spinning around after his tail


My poor dog is sick


My 6 yr old pit mix doesn’t jump around and want to go outside when I ask her, and loss of appetite and shivering and teeth chattering, she is hiding under my bed for long periods of time. What do you think is wrong?


My older dog has been trying to squeeze himself into tight places where he could get stuck. So far, we’ve gotten him out of them all, but can you give me clue why he’s doing this?

Nina Nativo

my dog roams around restless in my bed, does not sleep

Bob Levesque
My 8 year old jack russell terrier suddenly want to be alone outside. I take her for long walks which see loves and for car rides which see love also. I bring her in but she just goes back out day or night. She comes inside to eat then goes back outside. She still likes to chase her ball inside or outside. I have checked her out to she if she might be sick and can find nothing wrong. This has only happened in the last 3 weeks. I have 2 cats bet they all get along okay