Signs Your Dog is Healthy
How to Know Your Teacup Puppies is Thriving?
Like many first-time parents, new pet owners may over think every little quirk their dog displays. The good news is, there are signs that tell you when your dog is thriving.
In addition to regular checkups with a family veterinarian, including routine wellness procedures such as an annual blood panel, fecal testing and urine analysis, these indicators should be noticeable to pet owners. Here are six signs your dog is healthy.
1. Fresh Breath
A healthy mouth is the gateway to a healthy pet. Relatively clean-smelling breath and clean teeth absent of tartar buildup are signs of good health.
If your dog has gingivitis (also called gum disease) or periodontitis, it can ultimately affect vital organs and lead to serious health issues. Periodontitis is disease of the supporting structures of the teeth (bone, ligaments, etc.) and is the primary cause of tooth loss in pets. It’s caused by the buildup of food, plaque, and tartar in the spaces between the gum and the lower part of the tooth.
A rotten smell coming from your dog’s mouth could mean tooth decay or worse: oral melanoma, an aggressive form of cancer.
Routine dental care can result in improved overall health and longevity of a pet by spotting issues early on.
2. Shiny, Clean Coat
Healthy pets will typically have a shiny, clean coat due to natural oils and shedding. A healthy pet doesn’t need to be bathed routinely unless your pet got dirty. Routine bathing for pets with fur (versus specific breeds with hair which require grooming) isn’t necessary and can lead to skin irritation.
If your dog is often licking, chewing or scratching, it could be a sign of a skin irritation, skin allergies, a bug bite or the presence of fleas. It’s also a sign your dog is uncomfortable; schedule a veterinary checkup to address the problem.
3. Consistent Lean Weight
Pet obesity is a top health concern for veterinarians—excessive weight causes the same problems in dogs as it does in humans such as diabetes, heart and lung diseases, bone and joint diseases, skin conditions and different types of cancer.
If you notice your dog has dropped a noticeable amount of weight, a checkup is recommended as this could also be a sign of health issues.
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