Tails of Tranquility
Doggy Day Care Glasgow
Easy dog health check
Our dogs and puppies are our fur-babies, and we want to ensure they are in good health at all times.
Being able to notice any changes in their health and well being can often signal something may not be right.
But the only way to know when something is off, is to know what their 'normal' is.
The best way to do this is by doing regular mini health checks, once a week with your dog or puppy.
Why bother doing a health check on your dog?
1. Getting ready
Pick a time when you and your doggy are calm and relaxed, maybe after a walk . You are building the foundations for a new important routine, and you want your dog to enjoy the experience.
This one is about getting to know what is normal for your own dog. It should be the same size on both side and moist to slightly dry.
A very dry or cracked nose surface can be a sign of dehydration. This is why it is so important to get to know what is normal for your dog/ puppy.
6. Skin and coat
Just like our skin and hair, the condition of a dogs skin and coat are a reflection of their overall health.
7. Paws and nails
Your dog/ puppy's pads should be smooth, without cracks. If they are very dry invest in a paw balm to help moisturise them. Winter can take its toll on our dogs pads so make sure to rinse them off after walking on gritted pavements, and dab dry. See our DIY PAD Balm recipe.
Now that you know what to be looking out for make giving your dog a health check a weekly thing. Keep a wee note of any changes and if you are at all concerned by anything you see call your vet straight away.