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A healthy dog ​​is a happy dog! Ensuring that everything is going well for your little protégé is undoubtedly one of your priorities. Taking care of your dog's health proactively will allow you to extend his life expectancy and benefit from his presence by your side for many years. Although an annual visit to the veterinarian is more than advisable, there are points that you can easily check at home to make sure your dog is healthy. These small periodic checks will help you detect health problems early that could lead to complications in the long run. If in doubt, do not hesitate to call a health professional.

Healthy Dog: What Points Should I Check?

1-The skin

Healthy skin is supple, soft to the touch, without crusts or bumps, dandruff or redness. Normally it is light pink, brown or black, depending on the breed. The spots on the skin are normal if the dog's coat also has spots.

2-Fur

A healthy coat has a shiny and silky appearance. It has no film or areas without hair or excess sebum. Short-haired dogs don't need a lot of maintenance, only good brushing during the moulting period.

3-Ears

Inside the ears, a dog’s skin should be a clear, clean pink tone, and it’s okay to get a little bit of earwax, but just the right amount. Redness or swelling inside the ear is worrisome. You should be careful if your dog starts scratching the inside of his ears or shaking his head a lot. In this other article, we give you tips for cleaning your dog's ears.

4-The eyes

The eyes of a healthy dog ​​are bright. The mucosa is properly moistened by the tear secretions. These must be transparent and scarce. The inside of the eyelids should be pink and not swollen. If the tear secretions take on a yellowish tinge you should be worried. When the dog looks to the sides, observe the color of its whites of the eyes. A yellow tint would also be a sign of poor health.

5-Truffle

It can be pink, with spots or black depending on the breed. Nasal secretions should be clear. Never yellowish, thick, with bubbles or a bad smell. Contrary to popular wisdom that has circulated for many years, a cold, wet truffle is no guarantee of good health. In the same way that a hot or dry truffle is not a sign of a health problem. As with us, the best way to monitor a dog’s body temperature is to use a thermometer.

6-Mouth, teeth, gums

Healthy gums are pink, black or with spots, just like the dog's skin. They are not inflated or retracted. Puppies and young dogs have very white teeth which will take on a darker color over time. To clean your dog’s teeth you can use toys and bones, in addition to a toothbrush specially designed for dogs.

7-Temperature

The body temperature of dogs ranges from 38.3 to 39.2 degrees Celsius. It is therefore slightly higher than the temperature of human beings. That’s why it’s so nice to curl up on the couch with your dog in the winter, and the stickiest dogs keep us warm in the summer.

8-Heart rate and pulse

A dog's heartbeat varies with its size. A healthy heart oscillates between 50 and 130 beats per minute at rest. Puppies and small dogs have a higher heart rate.

9-Droppings

Your dog's urine should be light yellow. Brown and solid droppings. Your dog must do his needs several times a day (in the case of droppings it can be only once a day, it all depends on the dogs), every day.

10-Weight

The best way to tell if your dog is overweight is to palpate his rib cage. You should be able to feel his ribs under his skin.
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