Leads, Characteristics & Sightings


Dogs experience pain and illness in many different ways. Like humans, every dog has a different degree of tolerance for discomfort and pain. In my experience, terriers and the bully breeds seem to have the highest tolerance with the toy dogs having the lowest. A dog in this situation may exhibit the following characteristics.

  • Dogs experiencing pain may run or walk until they can't continue and will then lie down.
  • Dogs on new medication can wander aimlessly if disoriented
  • Ear and head pain can cause dog to wander in attempts to seek comfort
  • Tick fever creates a high fever. The dog may seeks a way to cool himself off and reduce his fever
  • Dogs can travel a fair distance when scared and injured depending on the severity of the injury. Many whimper very quietly or utter no sound at all.
  • A sick dog will generally not travel far but a dog in pain or disoriented can travel a long distance
  • Witness may have seen dog laying in public area or roadside appearing sick or injured.
  • Pet owner notices vomit, bloody feces, or other body fluids near point last seen.
  • Area is experiencing heat and high temperatures and dog does not tolerate this well and seeks cool, damp place to recover.
  • Dog is left without access to water... not only will the dog seek water but may do so only when his body temperature has risen above normal due to dehydration.

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