Keeping an eye on the first signs of medical problems is one of the most important things you can do for your dog. It could save you a lot of stress, time and money in the long run – not to mention the health of your dog. Here is a list of 10 checks to be performed regularly.
1- Monitor their eating habits
If your dog consumes food or drinks for more than 24 hours, it’s time to contact the veterinarian, especially if your dog usually eats a lot. Remember, you know your dog better than anyone – if you think something is happening, it probably is.
2- Do a body check
Once a week, you should (throughout the grooming, if appropriate for your breed) perform a complete examination of your dog’s body. Put your hands gently on all parts of your dog’s body and look for bumps, cuts, inflammation and any signs of discomfort.
3- Keep an eye on their market
When you’re out walking, watch how your dog moves when he walks and runs. Does he/she ever seem stiff? Too tired? Or have a limp? Coughing and excessive panting may also indicate problems. Again, if it seems out of the ordinary, take your dog to your vet.
4- Check their weight
Obesity is the cause of a lot of problems in dogs and must, of course, be avoided. Keep your dog on a regular and well-balanced diet. If things start to get out of hand, ask for advice as soon as possible.
5- Monitor their toilet habits
Diarrhea, constipation, blood, and mucus are the four things to look for in your dog’s stool. Similarly, if the urine is dark, cloudy or covered with blood, this should be a concern. Watch for the regularity of your dog’s toilet habits and make sure his appearance is uniform.
6- Check their mouths
Check the mouth for something out of the ordinary. The gums should be pink, so darker / red spots may indicate a problem. Check the growths and nodules and make sure the teeth are clear and none of them are loose. Check the tongue for cuts and wounds. Unusual bad breath could indicate digestive problems.
7- Check their eyes
Your dog’s eyes should be clear and the pupils should be the same size. Look for ingrown eyelashes or hair that seems to be causing a problem. There should be no excessive discharge or signs of irritation. If this is the case, consult the veterinarian.
8- Check their noses
Your dog’s nose must be wet and cold. Watch for excessive losses, sneezing and breathing are easy and unobstructed.
9- Check their feet
Examine your dog’s feet for cuts, grazing or growths. Long nails can sometimes cause problems and must be cut, either with a dog clipper or a file. Be careful when cutting/trimming your dog’s nails, as this can sometimes cause bleeding.
10- Check their ears
Finally, check that your dog’s ears do not contain wax, do not swell and do not smell the good scent. The wax can be gently removed with a cotton pad, but you should never push directly into your dog’s ears. A bad smell or swelling will require the attention of your veterinarian. These 10 basic checks should be done regularly, which will allow you to quickly detect any sign of trouble. Remember, if anything seems unusual, consult your veterinarian.
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