Dogs are our best friends. Their unconditional love, unwavering support, and the joy they bring us make them wonderful companions. However, it is our duty to take care of them as they take care of us. It’s important to make sure that they are healthy and, if not, to take action immediately. These tips should help how to tell if your dog is healthy.
Of course, no two dogs are alike, and not every symptom of illness is visible or obvious to the pet owner. You should always consult with a professional if you think your dog is sick, even more so for older dogs, but sometimes it can help to differentiate between indications of good health with otherwise troubling signs of medical conditions in dogs.
A Healthy Dog Has Fresh Breath & Pink Gums
Check the color of your dog’s gums — they should be a shade of pink with no sores or spots on them. If they’re pale or white, this could mean anemia, blood loss, or kidney disease. If they’re dark red, it could be an indication of gingivitis.
Don’t forget to check if your dog has bad breath since it could be a sign of dental disease or other health problems such as liver or kidney disease. Bad breath can also indicate that he isn’t getting enough water or dental hygiene. If you notice bad breath in your dog, take them to a vet for a checkup.
The ears should be clean, without signs of wax buildup or odor. Light brown ear wax is normal but should not get too thick. If your dog has chronic ear infections, they might have dark brown or black wax in his ears. If that’s the case, bring them to a vet as soon as possible so they can get treatment for the infection before it causes any damage to their hearing.
The eyes should be bright, clear, and free of discharge. In other words, they shouldn’t look like they’re weeping tears. If you notice that your dog’s eyes are watering or squinting excessively, you should take them to the vet as soon as possible because this could mean that they have a problem with their tear ducts or corneas.
Look at your dog’s skin and coat for any changes. Dogs with healthy skin should have an oily, shiny coat that doesn’t appear to be dry or flaky. Their coat should not be brittle or coarse, but soft and smooth to the touch.
If their coat looks duller than usual, your dog may need more nutrients in their diet or a bath to remove excess hair product buildup. If you see skin lesions, they usually indicate allergies or other skin conditions. Natural dog products can help remedy these problems. You can also check out our blog post on how to improve their coat and skin for some additional help.
Most dogs have a healthy appetite, so if they lose interest in food, it could indicate they are feeling unwell. Typically, if your dog refuses food or eats less than usual over several days, this could mean something is wrong with them, and they need immediate medical attention.
So, How to Tell if Your Dog is Healthy? Be Attentive!
Keep your pup happy & healthy. A healthy dog is a happy dog. While veterinary care and preventive measures are both vital to your dog’s health, there are still steps that you can take to help keep them in good health. By being attentive and identifying potential health problems early on, you can potentially avoid having to deal with larger issues down the road. So if you want to watch your dog remain happy and healthy throughout their life, tick off the checklist above and put them into practice today!
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