Your Dog's Full Body Health Checklist
In between visits to the vet, it's a good practice to check your pet's overall health from time to time. We also get very accustomed to seeing our pets daily, this may make us blind to ailments that could be bothering them so it's good to take a closer look from time to time.
There are certain aspects of your pet's health that are more important than others and therefore should be monitored more frequently and by you, not just your vet. But what are those important areas? Where should I be checking my health? And what could happen if I don't? Well we lay out all that information for you below, with details for both your dog's full body health checklist! Stay tuned for our cat health checklist soon to follow!
1. Dog's - Commonly Known As 'Man's Best Friend'
You know 'em, you love 'em and they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes! Our buddies, our pals, dogs! Depending on your dog's breed, they could have a massive tall and broad physique or they could fit in the size of your palm. No matter the size, here are some of the most important factors to keep an eye on when it comes to your pet's overall health.
- Your Dog's Eyes
- Primarily you want your dog's eyes to be wet, shiny, and bright. If there is any cloudiness at a young age, redness, or overly watery is something you should bring to your pet's attention. Some dog's have more teary and active watery eyes than others, unless this is something that causes issue with their ability to blink or see, this shouldn't be a problem.
- Your Dog's Ears
- Maintain your pet's ears by keeping them clean and free of any odors. Excessive build-up of wax or any kind of redness or irritation could be signs of a problem and should be addressed by your vet.
- Check your pet's ears on a weekly basis and make sure to clean them when necessary with a cotton ball (not a Q-tip) as well as a non-irritating, natural ear cleaning agent.
- Your Dog's Nose
- Despite the popular saying, a wet nose doesn't always indicate a healthy dog and in fact, an overly runny and wet nose can mean quite the opposite.
- A healthy dog nose is just the right amount of wetness to where they aren't dripping, and mobility that twitches and reacts to smells and noises around them.
- Your Dog's Mouth
- This is one of the most vital areas to keep well-guarded for your pet as periodontal disease is one of the largest conditions effecting pets and leading to other health concerns. Bad breath, browning teeth, sagging, red or irritated gums are all indications your pet's mouth health should be attended to.
- Waggles recommends using an all-natural breath spray to kill bacteria, promote overall oral health and hygiene, and cut out the pesky chore of brushing. All natural ingredients make sure your pet doesn't feel any chemical stinging and just spray and you're done!
- Your Dog's Skin & Coat
- You want your dog's fur to be clean, free of any dust or particles that could be clinging to their fur. Regularly brushing on a daily-basis goes a long way in protecting your pet against insects and irritants.
- Your dog's coat shouldn't be overly dry or flaky but also shouldn't be too greasy or oily either. There shouldn't be bald patches, matted, or dull patches anywhere. Albeit some dog breeds have shinier coats than others, by feeling it you can determine whether they are greasy or not.
- Your Dog's Paws & Legs
- You should inspect your pet's paws and nails weekly to see their length and make sure that nothing is caught between the pads of their feet, or irritating the skin on their legs. If your dogs nails appear long, you can get trimmer specifically for dog nails or schedule an appointment with your groomer.
- Your Dog's Bones & Joints
- The best way to check up on your dog's bones and joints is by taking notice of their mobility and the ease in which they move. If you see them struggling to get up, or jump or down, this may be a sign you want to consult your vet.
- Bone and joint issues can effect both puppies and senior dogs, so make sure to keep an eye on this throughout your dog's life.
- Your Dog's Digestive System
- Another vital factor in your pet's overall health is their digestion. By taking note of the quality of your dog's stool - whether it's loose, watery, and odorous or if it's firm, solid, and less smelly. These can say a lot about your pet's diet.
- A balanced and nutritious diet that provides lean proteins, healthy carbs, vitamins, and minerals is best for supporting a healthy digestive system for your pet. We recommend SMACK raw dehydrated pet food, filler and additive free, it is also GMO and grain free with 100% human grade ingredients. That way you know your dog is getting only the best!
- Your Dog's Heart & Lungs
- Some dog breeds, particularly short-nosed breeds like Pugs naturally have "nosier" breathing than compared to other breeds. If you're not sure what's considered normal for your pet, ask your vet.
Sometimes signs of heart or respiratory illness can be more subtle, such as being reluctant to exercise or play, or getting tired or winded more easily than normal. Contact your vet if your pet seems to be having breathing problems.