Fracture means a break or crack in a bone. Practically every bone in the body is susceptible to fracture. Symptoms are based on part injured and associated organ damage if any. Fractures are usually caused by a traumatic event; however, in case the bones are weakened by a pre-existing disease, simple events can also lead … Read more

Still Tail

The dog is not wagging its tail. This is more common in some species than others. It also happens when the dog is in an aggressive state. If this is not due to aggression, it could be a result of anal glands not being emptied, pain, trauma, paralysis or just “cold tail” where the dog … Read more

Muscle swelling

The dog has stiff gait, weakness and swelling of muscles, pain, exercise intolerance along with other symptoms indicating myositis. This could be Polymyositis or dermatomyositis. Polymyositis involves skeletal muscle damage while dermatomyositis is another form characterized by skin lesions. Causes could be Immune-mediated infections, Drugs, or Cancer.


There is a visible rigidity or stiffness in a part of the dogs body primarily in neck, back or legs. Usually occurs in older dogs or those with orthopedic issues. Symptoms could include problems Getting Up particularly after sleeping. Difficulty Walking, Pain in the joint areas, walking or moving in a rigid manner, and Decreased … Read more


The symptoms could vary depending upon the part(s) paralyzed. Usually -plegia is used to describe paralysis and paresis for severe weakness. Mostly occurs in limbs though could happen in virtually any part of the body. Symptoms would include inability to control movement of the parts impacted. In case of limbs would drag feet, in case … Read more

Muscle Tremor

The dog shows involuntary, rhythmic and repetitive muscle movements of one or more body parts. Tremors have been known to primarily affect white colored dogs, but other hair-coat colors have been found to be affected as well. There are some dog breeds that are believed to be predisposed to tremors, including chow chows, springer spaniels, … Read more

Muscle Atrophy

The dog is becoming weak and the muscles appear to grow weak over time. There appears to be a decline in the size and texture of the muscle. Muscle wasting is a symptom of several different types of diseases, including diabetes, kidney failure and hypothyroid. Muscle wasting can also be a direct result of a … Read more


There is a transient abnormal enlargement of a body part or a specific area of the body of the dog due to accumulation of fluid in tissues. This could be with or without pain and could be of a variety of origins like edema, effusion, or as a result of inflammation.


The dog is shaking, shivering, trembling or shuddering. This could be due to excitement, need for thermo-genesis, fear or anxiety or other bodily disorders.


The dog is exhibiting one or more symptoms of pain which may include growling, barking, licking, scratching, biting, over-aggression, lying hunched, or on one side or has glazed vision, flattened ears etc. Symptoms would also depend on the part of the body where pain is being experienced. Pain could be a result of a wide … Read more