Keeping an eye on your dog will help you identify any changes and stop disasters. For that you have to get close to your dog. Otherwise, you won’t be able to tell even if there is a change in your dog’s behaviour. So here are some ways you can monitor your dog’s health at home.
You need to see if your dog is eating normally. If he stops eating for 24 hours, that means something is wrong and need the attention of a vet. Also check your dog’s pulse and temperature if he seems down, lazy or lethargic than usual.
You have to check out for four main things such as constipation, diarrhea, blood and mucus in your dog’s stool. Also see if his urine looks bloody or dark. These symptoms need immediate attention of your veterinarian. So, you have to keep an eye on your dog’s toilet habits regularly to ensure his health.
Make sure you perform a body check of your dog once a week. Check to see if he has any lumps, inflammation or any sign of discomfort while grooming.
Always be on alert regarding your dog’s activity level. See if there are any changes in the way he moves, runs and walks. Excessive panting is also a symptom indicating that something is not right. Also check your dog’s paws for any injuries and trim long nails or claws to prevent discomfort when walking.
Keeping a well-balanced diet is very important to keep your dog away from obesity. Obesity causes many complications on all pets so make sure to maintain a healthy diet and do other physical activities to make your dog healthy and fit.
It is better to check the blood sugar level of your dog once in a while. Of course, a healthy diet will ensure balanced blood sugar levels, but who knows? It’s always better to check early than regret later. However, it might be hard for you to visit the vet frequently. Therefore, you can now easily buy a pet blood glucose monitor for the task. All you have to do is ask for instructions from your vet and do it at home yourself.
Your dog’s gum should be pink. If it’s redder or darker, there is a problem. Make sure there are no lumps and the teeth are strong and not loose. Then check the tongue for sores or cuts. Unusual bad breadth can also indicate something is wrong with the digestion.
Your dog’s eyes should be bright and the same size. Check for irritations, ingrown hair or excessive discharge or blinking. Check for excessive discharge from the nose, sneezing or coughing and check for any wax build up, bad odour, scabs, sores or swelling in the ears.
Make sure you do a full body check up on your dog yourself once every week following these tips and hope your dog becomes happier and healthier.
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