Pet Parenting

Can Puppies Get Sick?

Signs of illness to look out for in your puppy.

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Yes, your puppy can get sick. Know what signs to look for. If you believe your puppy is sick, consult with your veterinarian as soon as possible. Here are common signs your puppy may be sick:


If your puppy has not eaten in over 24 hours, consult your veterinarian. If your puppy has trouble keeping its food down, also consult your veterinarian. When puppies are sick, they often avoid eating so this is an early indication that something is wrong.


It’s quick and easy to check your puppy’s coat to make sure nothing is out of the ordinary. Check for fleas, ticks, or wounds. These could lead to infections that will worsen without treatment.


Diarrhea is common in puppies as they are adjusting to their surroundings and eating things they shouldn’t. However, diarrhea can also be a symptom of illness. If your puppy does have diarrhea, consult with your veterinarian.

Eyes & Nose

A runny eye or nose may be a sign your puppy is sick. This is often a symptom of respiratory illnesses. Your puppy may also scratch its eye if it is bothering them. Visit your veterinarian to determine the underlying cause.


If your puppy is sleeping an excessive amount, they may be sick. Puppies tend to sleep a lot but if it’s all your puppy is doing, it may be a sign they are sick. Less energy and activity are causes for concern.


Puppies should be gaining weight in their first months of life. If they start to lose weight, it may be a sign they are sick.