Is Your Furry Friend Feeling Under the Weather?

Toy Cavoodle

As a loving Toy Cavoodle owner for 11 years now, we’ve come to be attuned to Polly’s general state of well-being. Even though Cavoodles are generally known for their robust health, they can still experience illness or discomfort from time to time, and being able to recognize the signs that your Cavoodle may be sick (or any dog for that matter) is crucial in ensuring they receive prompt medical attention.

In this article, we’ll explore some common indicators that your Cavoodle adult might not be feeling their best, helping you take proactive steps to keep them happy and healthy.

Changes in Eating Habits:

This is one of the first things we always check to help us understand if Miss Polly is unwell. She loves her food so a loss of appetite, or even a disinterest in treats (like raw chicken wings), could indicate an underlying cavoodle health issue Keep an eye on their food intake and consult your vet if the change persists for more than a day or two.

Lethargy and Lack of Energy:

We’ve not had another breed of dog so we have nothing to compare Polly with but all we can say is, that Polly is VERY energetic and playful (in a fun way). So if you notice a decrease in your puppy’s activity levels or excessive sleeping habits, it could be a sign of illness. Monitor their behavior closely and seek vet advice if their lethargy persists.

Changes in Bowel Movements:

Whoever gets the job of poo pick-up is usually the one who should pay attention to any changes in your Cavoodle’s bowel movements. Diarrhea, constipation, or blood in the stool are all potential signs of gastrointestinal issues or other underlying health problems. Additionally, frequent accidents or difficulty urinating can indicate urinary tract or bladder problems. Keep track of any changes and report them to your vet for proper evaluation.

Respiratory Distress:

Did someone say Kennel Cough 🤯

Despite their best efforts, kennels are renowned for being a breeding ground for illness especially Kennel Cough. So if your puppy has recently stayed at a kennel, be sure to monitor their health upon their return home. Polly usually comes home with no voice from a kennel making her super quiet for a few days. No barking at birds!

So if your fur baby is experiencing coughing, wheezing, excessive panting, or difficulty breathing, it’s important to seek immediate vet attention. Respiratory distress could be a sign of an infection, allergies, or a more serious condition requiring urgent medical intervention.

Changes in Behaviour or Mood:

Hand on heart, we can honestly say we’ve never had a behavioral issue with Polly. However, if your Cavoodle does become unusually irritable, aggressive, or withdrawn, it’s essential to investigate further. Pay attention to any signs of pain, such as limping, excessive scratching, or vocalizing during movement.

Visible Symptoms:

This is pretty obvious but keep a watchful eye for visible symptoms such as vomiting, coughing up blood, seizures, excessive thirst, unexplained weight loss or gain, lumps or swelling, or changes in their cavoodle coat’s appearance. These signs may indicate serious health issues and warrant immediate vet attention.

Polly developed a lump on her tummy recently so off to the vet we went. We were amazed at how they could do a biopsy and give the results on the spot! Apparently, her type of lump is part of growing old ☹️


Being attuned to your Cavoodle’s health is an essential part of responsible pet ownership. By familiarising yourself with the signs and symptoms of illness, you can act promptly and seek appropriate vet care when needed. Remember, your vet is your best resource for diagnosing and treating any health concerns your Cavoodle may have. Regular check-ups and open communication with your vet will help ensure your furry friend receives the care they need, leading to a long and healthy life together.


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