Sick as a Dog? Five Health Tips: Photo Friday

"The earliest known usage of "sick as a dog'' dates back to 1705. It has been suggested that the phrase originated from the fact that dogs, being domesticated, are the most common animal we've seen vomiting besides ourselves." The Feeding Frenzy Blog Spot on

Sick as a dog?

The fact that dogs will eat just about anything that smells good or bad, seems to have fixed this phrase in American English. Yes, American English, born from British English, authors wanted and managed distinctly difference in usage, spelling, slang and popular phrases.  

"British English has sometimes employed similar phrases involving other animals - "sick as a horse'' and, yes, "sick as a cat'' - but "sick as a dog'' is the only choice in American English." The Feeding Frenzy Blog Spot

We have had a sick dog. Sydney lost his normal obsessive love of all food, canine and human.

Our dog was one sick puppy.

Orange pirate Sid


How do you know when to take your dog to a veterinarian? 

When to take your dog to a veterinarian

Five Tips or Rules of Thumb for Pet Vet Trips

  1. Radical change in normal eating and drinking , lasting longer than a day.
  2. Changes in how often your dog urinates and/or  bowel movements.
  3. Bloody stool.
  4. Behavioral changes in pain tolerance, balance or sudden unexplained aggression.
  5. Lack of interest in sniffing and smelling, going outside or talking a walk, lasting more that a day or two.

He met four of my five rules of thumb. We took Sydney to our Vet. After a week of rest and antibiotics, he is now up to his old tricks, snarfing food, sniffing out fun and rolling in things that smell bad (to us).

Irish Big Smile

About Deborah Taylor-French

I blog for dog adoption and animal welfare "save dogs' lives and dog lovers' sanity. Fetch my blog at I write mysteries are full of action, dog characters, humor and animal rescue. Deborah has been a guest artist for California’s Artists in the Schools, holds an M.A. from UCLA and has led numerous educational arts workshops. She has parented five adopted dogs. She is a member of the California Writers Club.
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4 Responses to Sick as a Dog? Five Health Tips: Photo Friday

  1. I’m glad Sydney is doing better. I know my dogs aren’t feeling well when they don’t want to eat.

    • Yes, when Nabisco came down with something. He not only was not interested in food, he sat in one spot and shivered. No interest when the leash came out.

      That, thank goodness, was our only emergency Vet trip for Nabisco.

  2. This is a great list. It is difficult to know when your dog is seriously ill, or just a little bit off. It never hurts to take them into the Vet for a check up. Even if just for reassurance and some advice on what to look for or what to feed. I’m also a big fan of my clients ringing me for advice. I can’t always speak to people immediately if I have consultations fully booked, but I will always call back when I can.

    Glad Sydney was okay!

    • Thanks Eloise for commenting. I am delight a profession like yourself thinks it is a great list.

      You must be a wonderful veterinarian. I have not had the pleasure being able to call my pets’ medical professionals.

      Yesterday, a friend with a multi-dog household (4 rescue dogs) told me of food fight that broke out at her home. She stopped the dog fight, then called her Vet. With early treatment, both of her dogs are recovering quickly.

      I found your Google+ page. Do you or your practice have a Website? If so, feel free to post it in a new comment.

      From now on, I will encourage my readers to call their Vets when “little problems” might become “big ones.”

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