There are a variety of ways in which to tell if your dog is healthy. The best way to tell is to look him over and watch for imperfections as you look around just as a vet would do (yes, a vet should still be sought out on a regular basis for professional check-ups). Here is a list of ten things that can help you tell if your dog is healthy.
- His coat will be nice and thick and have a good shine to it and smooth. This tells you that he is properly nourished and brushed regularly.
- He will have white teeth and his gums pink and soft to the touch, not hard. And when you press on them, the color should return quickly (indicating he is not dehydrated).
- The inside of his ears lack dirt, heavy buildup of wax (a little is normal), and mites.
- He is not overly anxious or severely lethargic (depending on his breed, as well as his temperament).
- When you feel around his legs and all over his body, you feel no awkward lumps that don’t feel as though they belong.
- He can still be active and run and play like normal and you notice no limping or favoring of limbs or excessive heavy breathing.
- When looking at him from the top, his rib area should be slightly wider than his stomach area (in all breeds). If not, the dog may be overweight.
- Hip bones should never stick out as if they are meatless. In some breeds, ribs and hips are noticeable, but it unacceptable when the dog looks emaciated.
- Although daunting, regularly checking your dogs “business areas” for irregularities is very important and can save his life.
- Ensure in mental state is even. Over-excessive anxiety and stress can lead to physical illnesses eventually.
Overall, it is very important to make sure your dog is happy. His happiness will add many years to his life as a healthy dog. Also, always make sure to check any suspicions with your veterinarian. By ensuring your dog’s health, you will have ample time to spend with him and his good health can only make you both feel good.