Checking your dog regularly
The best way to check your dog is to examine it systematically, following a specific order. If you examine your pet regularly, paying attention to the following points, you will know their normal state and can then quickly identify changes. Furthermore, your dog will then be used to the checks and will be more willing to be examined even if in pain.
How to check your dog
- How is the dog’s behaviour, outer appearance, and how is the dog moving?
- Are the ears, eyes, nose and mouth and surrounding areas free from secretions and impurities?
- Are the conjunctiva of the eyes reddened? Is the pupil clear?
- Use gentle pressure to open the mouth and check the colour and blood flow of the mucosa. Does your dog have any swellings?
- Feel the neck, chest and stomach, and be aware of any knots, swellings or changes in the fur.
- Is the abdominal wall tense and does the animal shows signs of pain if you press gently?
- Feel all the limbs as well, one after the other. Joint complaints in particular manifest as pain, swelling, or hot areas.
- Check the anal and genital area for redness, tenderness, impurities.
- Using a standard thermometer you can measure the rectal temperature to check the dog’s body temperature.
Lyme disease in dogs
Lyme disease (Lyme borreliosis) is an infectious disease transferred by ticks. In addition to game and rodents, it also affects dogs and humans.
Fever in dogs
Fever is a common sign of illness in dogs. By using a thermometer you can measure your dog’s current state quickly and easily.
Healthy eyes are important for a dog. If any changes or problems arise, consult a vet as soon as possible as many eye disorders can only be treated effectively if treated early enough.
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