After you teach your dog a thorough home inspection, you can help identify problems early. Early detection is crucial for the successful treatment of potential health problems for your pet. Dogs cannot vote when they are not feeling well, and it is your responsibility to notice if something is not working with your dog. A painful or ill-feeling animal will not be able to speak, and you should carefully monitor any changes in the appearance or behavior of our dog to identify any health problems that it may be quietly experiencing.
If you suspect something is wrong with your dog, you should never defer to the advice of a veterinarian, as the conditions on the pet can become very severe. Delaying treatment may have more serious consequences than if treatment had been sought earlier.
By regularly checking your dog, you can adjust it to your grooming schedule. You should already look after your dog regularly as this helps identify problems and establish strong relationships between you and your pet.
Leather and coat:
Most dogs are slaughtered, with a few exceptions. If your dog seems to be brushing his hair, this is usually normal, but if he seems to be experiencing excessive hair loss or fur on the clumps resulting in bare patches, your dog may have something wrong. Your dog’s skin and coat indicate the animal’s overall health. Poor health tends to lead to poor skin and hair condition, and monitoring your pet’s skin and fur can tell you a lot about your dog’s overall health.
Inflamed or reddened skin, bald patches, dandruff, hives and scabs are signs that your dog is having health problems or even allergies. Dogs, like humans, can experience an allergic reaction to a variety of substances and environments. Allergic reactions in dogs are usually manifested by skin and fur changes.
Each time you bathe or clean your dog, you should ensure that he can swipe his fingers through his coat for any abnormalities. Look through your dog’s coat for signs of fleas or ticks. Fleas and ticks can severely damage a dog’s health, and even a single flea bite on a sensitive dog can cause permanent allergies. Insect bites can cause secondary bacterial infections in dogs, making them extremely uncomfortable and difficult to treat. It will also cost you a considerable vet bill, so it is always better to diagnose these problems before they develop.
Once you have thoroughly examined your dog’s fur, you should look into his ears. The dog’s ears should look pink and clean. You can use a pen to examine your dog’s ear canal. If you have scabs, redness or swelling in your ear canal, it indicates that something is wrong. Ear mites usually create a dark waxy substance in the ear that your vet can treat with topical topical medications. You should check your dog’s ear canal for foreign matter and excessive wax.
Never put anything on your dog’s ears or try to clean them with a cotton swab; you can easily damage the ears of your dog’s ears. You can use a little warmed olive oil to clean your dog’s ears. Put a teaspoon of this in your dog’s ear and massage it, then let the dog splash off the excess oil. Of course, make sure you do it in the right place to avoid clutter.
If you allow your dog to run outdoors or hike in the woods, litter and other plant debris can enter the ear canal. In this case, you should not try to remove them yourself, take the dog to the vet to have them removed as you may damage the dog’s ears.
Next, look into your dog’s eyes. They should be light and clear, with no mucus, redness or bloating. If they appear cloudy or suspect sores on the cornea, take your dog to a veterinarian immediately, as this may be a sign of a serious problem. If there is too much secretion or crust around your eyes, this is also a reason to visit your vet.
Another thing you should do is examine your dog’s nose. It should be a bit damp and cool, but some dogs have nose drier than others, so you’ll need to find out what’s normal for your dog. There should be no secretions or crust in the nose.
Teeth and gums:
Surprisingly, many dog owners do not understand the importance of proper dog dental hygiene and many people mistakenly believe that their dog has a “doggy breath”. Nothing could be further than the truth, and excessive bad breath can be a sign of dental, digestive or kidney disease.
You can check the gums and teeth of your dog by gently retracting his lips. Your dog’s gums should be pink. Teeth should be clean and free of teeth and plaque. Gently press your finger against your dog’s gums to check for signs of anemia. The area you pressed with your finger should turn white, but immediately return to the normal pink color.
Although dogs are not as prone to dental cavities as we are, they are susceptible to gum inflammation and gum disease. Plaque and barking can cause severe secondary infection in your dog. Poorly maintained gums can allow bacteria to enter your dog’s system and cause kidney and liver failure, so never forget your dog’s dental hygiene.
If you’ve never brushed your dog’s teeth before, now is the time to start. Getting the dog to brush his teeth is not difficult. You will need an enzymatic toothpaste specifically designed for dogs and a little patience. You can start by letting your dog taste the toothpaste (most dog toothpastes are nice for dogs) and then you can start by massaging your dog’s gums gently with your finger. Do this for a few seconds each day until your dog is comfortable with this routine. Then try applying a soft toothbrush with a toothbrush and gently brush your dog’s teeth. Do this for a few seconds a day and your dog will eventually become more comfortable brushing their teeth.
If your dog’s teeth are in poor condition or have plaque, you will need to take it to a veterinarian for professional cleaning.
Feet and limbs:
You should check your dog’s feet and limbs regularly for signs of swelling or injury. You can do this by gently rubbing your hands down your dog’s feet to detect cuts, cuts or signs of pain. After hiking in the woods or running fields, you should examine your dog’s paws for any scallops or foreign objects and remove them.
General physical condition:
You should be able to easily feel the rib of a healthy dog; If you can’t feel your dog’s ribs, this may be a sign that he is overweight. If your dog has a thick and heavy coat, rub your hands at its sides to feel ribs. Some dog breeds are naturally thin, but to be on the safe side, regularly monitor your dog’s weight. Sudden weight changes almost always indicate something is wrong with your pet.
Gently pinch and grab your dog’s skin if it is not pliable and does not recover. This is a sign that your dog is dehydrated. If you suspect your dog is dehydrated, take him to your vet immediately, as dehydration can quickly kill a pet.
The dog’s anal glands should be checked regularly. Infection can occur in the dog’s anal glands, and any swelling or redness indicates that your dog may suffer from damaged anal glands. Be aware of your dog’s elimination habits, as sudden changes in removal or urination may be a sign that the dog is ill. If abnormal removal or urination persists for more than 24 hours, take your dog to a veterinarian immediately.
A drastic change in your dog’s behavior usually means something is wrong. If your normally playful dog suddenly looks drowsy or does not want to play, this may be a sign that he is sick. Typically, a gentle dog that seems to have changed into a gloomy, bad mood overnight can be a sign that the dog is suffering. If you think your dog is misbehaving, it may be best to take him to the vet for a quick check, it is always better to be safe than sorry.