Puppies are adorable, but they can also get sick easily. As a first-time puppy owner, you may not know how to tell if your puppy is feeling unwell or needs to see a vet.  

Here are some common symptoms of illness in puppies to watch out for: 

  • Lack of energy/ weakness 
  • Sudden change in appetite 
  • Vomiting or diarrhoea 
  • Abnormally coloured faeces or urine 
  • Straining to go to the toilet 
  • Coughing or gagging 
  • Itchy, dry skin 
  • Hair loss 
  • Excessive thirst or urination 
  • Abnormal discharge from their nose, ears, and other areas 
  • Difficulty breathing or excessive panting 
  • Sudden weight changes 
  • Limping 


What should you do if you notice these signs in your puppy? 

If you notice any of the pet symptoms above, book an appointment with your local Greencross Vets or chat with WebVet 

Don’t wait until your puppy’s condition worsens. Visit your veterinarian before it turns into something more serious. 


Remember, prevention is better than cure. Book regular vet checks, ideally every six months, and stay vigilant to pick up on potential health issues early.