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How do you diagnose a medical problem in your dog based on symptoms?

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Although a veterinarian can diagnose properly a medical problem in a canine, pet owners can check for certain clinical signs or symptoms that may indicate that a pet needs medical attention with an online pet symptom checker. Some clinical signs that a dog may have a health problem include limping, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, drinking large amounts of water, drooling, breathing problems and weight loss or gain, as noted by Web DVM. The PetMD website also provides owners with a symptom checker.

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There can be many more clinical signs that can manifest in dogs, such as a seizure, skin irritation and coughing. A seizure can be a symptom of epilepsy, while coughing can be related to health issues, such as an infection, cancer and inflammatory disorders, states Web DVM. This online site has a symptom checker for many different types of clinical signs. Pet owners can go through the series of questions asked, including their dog's age and related symptoms. For example, a dog, which drools excessively, is more than 10 years old and has bad breath, may have a dental problem or a tumor of the oral cavity.

At the PetMD website, pet owners can click on the affected body part that is causing the dog problems and a list of possible symptoms is shown that can be checked off. For example, by choosing the leg region and checking the symptoms of limping and pain, a list of articles are provided with different causes for the checked symptoms, such as arthritis, joint cancer and a bone infection. Although these symptom checkers can be useful for a pet owner, it is important to see a veterinarian for any troublesome symptoms in a canine.

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