Identifying Dog Diseases

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Identifying dog diseases is most often done through a veterinary examination, where ever aspect of the animal's body is looked over, but the history and behavioral symptoms are also key components to determining the cause of an illness. Find out how vets identify canine diseases with helpful information from an experienced veterinarian in this free video on pet health.

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We're going to talk about identifying dog diseases. This is something that we try to do every day in veterinary medicine. And basically, to identify disease, you have to know what you're looking for because all types of diseases may manifest themselves in different ways, and so the most important thing that a veterinarian will do is the exam. And so we will generally start off with examining the face, the eyes, the ears, the mouth, the teeth, and what we're looking for is anything obvious. Is there any, you know, any cloudiness to the eyes? Is there any, you know, gum color changes, things like that. Then we work our way down. We'll listen to the heart and the lungs, feel the abdomine, feel the lymph nodes, all the legs, multiple types of things on exam. And what we're trying to do is help us pin point where a disease process may be manifesting itself. Now secondly, the other important issue is what the history is. In identifying dog diseases, the history is an important role. That is, is there any vomiting, or is there increased frequency of, of drinking and urinating? Are they urinating in inappropriate places? Not eating, losing weight, any of those things will help us. So any information that you can have before the exam is very, very helpful.

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