You must be consistent with both food and water and time of feeding. By feeding your dog at the same time each day, you can train his
digestive system to become more predictable. He will need to eliminate shortly after each meal (usually within 20 to 30 minutes).
Your dog may also need to eliminate when he wakes in the morning and after naps, after he finishes playing, after he drinks water,
and just before bedtime. Use the same door each time you take your dog outside so he will associate with going outside to eliminate. He may scratch or sniff the door
to alert you that he needs to go out.
CONSISTENT SPOT FOR ELIMINATION
Take your dog outside to the same spot each time. When he has finished, bring him inside immediately. Do not extend
this period into an outdoor play session, or your dog will become confused about the purpose of the visit.
Symptoms of Illness
Even the best-cared-for dog may become ill or injured, so it’s a good idea to be aware of the following symptoms and illnesses. Often a change in behavior is the
first indication. If your dog exhibits these or other unusual symptoms, call your veterinarian.
- Loss of appetite for more than one day.
- Diarrhea, constipation or difficulty urination. Take your dog to the veterinarian immediately if he is unable to urinate or defecate, but continues to try, or if there is blood in the urine of stool. If your dog has diarrhea or blood in his stool, take a stool sample with you when you visit your veterinarian.
- Vomiting. Take your dog to the veterinarian immediately if vomited material contains blood or other unusual contents or if vomiting persists.
- Fever. Fever is indicated by dry, hot nose; dull eyes; and a noticeable rise in body heat.
- Excessive panting or difficulty breathing. Immediate care is required if there is noisy respiration, blue tongue or gasping for breath.
- Constant scratching or biting. May require immediate care if it is so severe that the dog risks self-mutilation.
- Biting and other aggressive or unusual behavior by a normally even-tempered dog.
- Listlessness or hiding.
- Bad mouth odor.
- Lump beneath skin.
- Dull hair coat.
- Anything that is unusual for your dog.