n. A person who is excessively preoccupied by their dog’s health, or who tends to imagine ailments that the dog does not actually have. [“dog” + “hypochondriac”]

Example Citations:
Sooo... basically the vets say they can‘t see anything wrong with him, so maybe I’m just being a dogochondriac, but they do tend to miss things unless they are very obvious.
—Rayemond, “Is wheezing/ loud breathing/ snoring when at rest normal?; Or could it be a sign of heart problems?,” Dog Rescue World, January 30, 2013

If i had a dog, it would be a hypochondriac. A dogochondriac, for lack of a better word.
—alexd, “Re: Dr. Gabor Maté,” TRIBE Main Forum, April 11, 2011

Earliest Citation:
Bonar, for one, learned pet CPR in a previous American Red Cross class. “It’s similar to what you do with humans, but it is different, because a dog’s anatomy is different.”

But Bonar does not rely solely on her first-aid knowledge: “I’m a dogochondriac,” she says. “If a dog even looks sick, I take it to the vet.”
—Gary Pettus, “Learn first aid for pets,” The Clarion-Ledger, October 1, 2004

A shake of the paw to Fernando Montenegro for suggesting this word.

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