The five point health check for dogs

Just as we take care of ourselves, we must also know how to do it for our dogs. Remember to examine all of the below five areas in your dog:
 
Weight check
Weigh your dog regularly, but weight is not a reliable parameter. Do use our specially formulated SHAPE GUIDETM and determine your pet’s shape in minutes!
  • If your dog is overweight, discuss a weight reduction program with your vet. Cut out all treats and table snacks. Click here to know more. 
  • Implement an exercise program. Starting with short periods and gradually increasing the time. Do click here to see why exercise is essential!
 
Coat and skin 
Dogs with a dull or matted coat may not be receiving all necessary nutrients, or may have a disease condition. 
  • The coat should feel smooth from head to tail. Part the fur near the head and along the spine to check for flakes, scales, or cuts.
  • Check for the signs of fleas at the base of the tail and on the rump and stomach. Fleas can be treated with dips, shampoos, and sprays.
  • Find out how you can keep your pet’s coat shiny and smooth here.
 
Eyes and ears 
Look for normal pupil size and responsiveness of the pupil to light. A coloured discharge can be a sign of infection. Ears should appear clean, pink in colour (not bright pink), and free of debris and strong odours. 
  • Gently pull down the lower eyelid to check for a pink colour. The whites of the eye should be glossy white with no redness. 
  • Check for wax, especially dark wax, which may indicate the presence of ear mites or infection. 
     
Teeth and gums 
Regular veterinary dental cleaning along with specially designed toothbrushes, toothpaste and oral care treats such as Dentastix®  can help reduce tartar build-up. Click here to know how to take care of your dog’s teeth.
  • Lift your dog’s lips away from his gums, and press a finger firmly over an upper tooth. When taken away, the white color of the finger imprint on the gum should return to pink. 
  • Open his mouth to inspect all his teeth. Beware of tartar build-up, which is yellow to dark brown in colour, and can lead to periodontal disease. Get it checked by a vet. 
 
Spot checks
Check for unusual lumps or bumps by placing both hands on top of your dog's head and moving down under the chin.
  • Move your hands behind the front legs, under the shoulders, down the back, over the hips, and down the legs.
  • Inspect your dog’s claws and footpads for cuts or cracks. Report unusual lumps to a veterinarian. Do keep your dog’s toe nails trimmed as and when required.
 

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