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Welcome to the Advice – Symptoms –
THE Advice of Rotty Ranch Crew & Friends
Baby Lea & Mum
If you recognize your dog symptoms, you can provide effective first aid for an injury, illness or disease.

Recognizing the symptoms isn’t enough, however. You need a baseline for your dog. Symptoms can only be useful if you know how he is under “normal,” everyday conditions.

For example, if he suddenly starts scratching a lot, it could be a sign of an allergy or fleas. However, if he already scratches (perhaps due to an ongoing skin rash), you may think that the scratching is related to this condition. As a result, you might not inspect and treat him for fleas

Examine your dog daily for developing conditions.
Regular grooming will help as well.

You’ll become aware of skin and coat conditions before they become serious, and you’ll have the opportunity to inspect him for symptoms of eye, ear and mouth conditions, for sudden weight loss or gain, and for scratches, abrasions and wounds that could become infected.
As a bonus, the time you spend together during your daily check and grooming will improve their disposition, as they receives the attention they craves from you.

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Know Your Dog
Your dog symptoms of illness or injury will reveal themselves to you much sooner if you pay attention to his posture, gait, appetite and behavior. But before learning about various symptoms, learn about canine vital signs and how to check them. These signs are the baselines that will allow you to compare your dog’s rates with normal rates.
The information on these pages will help you learn about the symptoms of various physical problems that could affect your dog.

They are grouped by severity: Life-Threatening Injuries and Illnesses, Non-Life-Threatening Injuries and Illnesses, and Diseases and Conditions.

Some diseases and conditions have both chronic and acute symptoms. If the acute symptoms are life threatening, you’ll find them listed under Life-Threatening Injuries and Illnesses.

Many of the chronic diseases and conditions (such as allergies and skin conditions) can be managed easily — and even avoided — with some routine care.

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The Basics
The Basics will give you the core information that will help you determine how injured or ill your dog is.

Vital Signs – These three baseline measurements will quickly tell you if something is not right with your dog.

Identify Pain – Pain is an excellent indicator that something is wrong. Since your dog can’t speak, you’ll need to know how to identify it.

Signs of Vomiting – Many people confuse vomiting with retching and other things that dogs do. Learn the difference so you can accurately describe your dog symptoms to the vet.

Causes of Vomiting – There are many causes of vomiting, from eating grass to serious illnesses.

2 Responses to Symptoms

  • hello, just have a few questions about grooming? hwo often should we bathe out german rottie? trim toenails? is it ok to have him groomed and his feet (hair inbetween his toes) trimmed regularly?

    • Hi Lynn
      Bathing your Rottweiler, this is generally a personal issue. Myself I would not really bath ours more once a week. With grooming, we would perhaps suggest no more than twice a day as too much grooming can remove some of the oils from their coats and therefore reduce the condition of their coats. As for trimming their claws/toe nails, with Rottweilers being a larger breed, we suggest try to ensure they simply get plenty of regular exercise on a concrete/hard surface to wear the claws to there natural length. If trimming is required after plenty of exercise, simply ensure that it is not to often or to short as the claws are naturals way of ensuring the dog does not overreach/curl their feet forwards to far as they walk. Hope this helps. Allan

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