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Thread: Do You Think Dogs Know when Their Fellow Dogs Are Unwell?

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    In the wild, dogs shun sick dogs. It's the way of the pack, so for one doglet to distance themselves from another who is not well is natural, and it's perfectly acceptable dog behaviour. It's weird to us, and seems downright cruel, but that's because we have attached emotions to our actions, whereas dogs do not.

    Rosie will not come near me when I am ill. Even though I am pack leader in our household, it's the way of the pack, and I don't judge her for it (even tho a cuddle would be lovely when you are down and grizzly). She knows when I am on the mend before I do tho, as her comapny returns to its normal level.

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    Yep they know way before we would pick up any signs of sickness in other dogs, animals & humans. I have no doubt at all after working with diabetic alert dogs.
    Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkest View Post
    In the wild, dogs shun sick dogs. It's the way of the pack, so for one doglet to distance themselves from another who is not well is natural, and it's perfectly acceptable dog behaviour. It's weird to us, and seems downright cruel, but that's because we have attached emotions to our actions, whereas dogs do not.

    Rosie will not come near me when I am ill. Even though I am pack leader in our household, it's the way of the pack, and I don't judge her for it (even tho a cuddle would be lovely when you are down and grizzly). She knows when I am on the mend before I do tho, as her comapny returns to its normal level.
    My dogs must be queer in the head then because when I am sick, they won't leave my side. Nor do they leave each others sides when the other is ill.

    Maybe they are waiting for death so they can eat us lmao

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    Same, mine stick to me like glue when un well.

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    I think what they do with the instinct(to either stay around the sick 1 or not) has alot to do with temperment & different breeds.
    Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........

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    Mine get very mopey when I am sick. But it probably has nothing to do with them picking up on my being sick, it would be more to do with the fact I pass out and sleep on the couch so they have no choice but to be calm and quiet as well.

    I think dogs can tell when other dogs are sick. A while back one girl Prada was bitten inside the ear by something, she squeeled every time you touched her. Brody wanted so badly to lick her all over but was very tentative, like he knew it would hurt her.

    One of my parents Great Danes had an abscess on his face, they were taking him to the vet later in the day to have it drained but before they could, one of their other Danes sunk her tooth straight through the abscess and it drained itself.

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