Clinical history

Changes noted in the dog across a variety of parameters all are important indicators and help narrow the diagnosis.

  • History — in-depth questioning about the following:
    • Changes in attitude/behaviour/activity level
    • Changes in appetite
    • Weight loss or gain
    • Normal water intake
    • Breathing pattern
    • Coughing
    • Urinary habits
    • Sleep habits
    • Previous evidence of heart disease (eg, murmur, radiographic changes)
    • Any preceding treatments undergone for the dog’s condition