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Health Checklist For Your Dog

It’s good to get into the habit of giving your dog regular health checks. You need to keep an eye on how they are doing and pick up on anything that might be causing discomfort. You don’t need to be an expert, all you need to do is check the main areas of their body for any issues. It’s easy to miss things, especially when they are tucked away in hard to reach areas. Dogs with long, thick coats can sometimes develop issues that go untreated because it’s so hard to see anything under their coat. If you want to keep your dog healthy and give them the appropriate treatment quickly then you need to check them regularly. Here are some of the parts of their body you should take a quick look at on a regular basis.


Eyes

Dogs can suffer with similar eye issues as humans do such as conjunctivitis and cataracts. You can also tell if a dog is healthy by looking at their eyes, they should be clear and bright.


Ears

Your dog’s ears should be relatively clean and smell free and without a huge buildup of hair. Also check for any damage to the ear or lumps.


Nose

Your dog’s nose should be wet and cold.


Teeth & Gums

Check your dog’s teeth for plaque buildup and to make sure they are clean. It’s important to look after your dog’s teeth and clean them regularly. Their gums should be a light pink colour, keep an eye out for any changes to the colour of their gums as this could indicate health issues.


Bottom

Your dog’s bottom should be clean and clear.


Nails

Check their nails for any cracks and try and get their nails trimmed regularly to keep them at a comfortable length for your dog.


Skin & Coat

Try and check your dog’s body every so often for lumps and bumps. Some lumps can just be fatty growths but it’s always best to get them checked out by your vet. Healthy dogs will usually have lovely healthy coats. Keep an eye on your dog’s coat and check for hair loss and any skin issues hidden under their fur.


Pads

Dog’s pads go through a lot, they can sometimes get cracked and get things stuck in between their paw pads. Check their pads after dog walks for any damage or things that could be wedged in their feet. For example, grass seeds are very common in the summer.

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