January 28, 2023

Top 6 Signs of a Healthy Dog

Top 6 Signs of a Healthy Dog

Is your dog healthy? Do you even know how to properly tell a healthy dog from one that may be suffering from an illness? If you don’t, then it’s time you familiarize yourself with the signs. It will help you notice if there’s something wrong with your dog and act on it much more quickly.

What are the top 7 things you need to look at to see if you have a healthy dog?

 

 Top 6  Signs of a Healthy Dog
1. Skin

Here are the signs of a dog with healthy skin:

Skin is flexible.
Skin is smooth.
Skin has no scabs.
No growths.
No white flakes.
No red areas.

Depending on the breed, dogs can have pale pink to brown or even black skin color. Some may even be spotted. That’s normal. What’s not normal is skin that’s riddled with fleas, ticks, lice or external parasites.

2.  Mouth

You need to check your dog’s mouth, teeth and gums. When healthy, the gums are firm. It’s also usually the same color as the skin.

Teeth are usually smooth and white in young dogs. These harden and darken as they age.

3. Eyes

Healthy canine eyes are:

Bright.
Shiny.

Sometimes, your dog may have eyes that are watery or with mucus. As long as there isn’t a lot of it and the discharge is clear, it’s not a cause of concern.

When should you worry? If you see the following signs:

Inflamed.
Swollen.
Evidence of yellowish discharge.
A “third eyelid” or membrane from the inside of the dog’s eye covers the whole eye.
The normally white part of the eye is yellowish.
Eyelashes touch the eyeballs.

4. Ears

The inside of the dog’s ears must be a light pink color. It should also be clean. That means no yellowish or brownish wax. Any wax of unusually large amount or any crusting isn’t considered normal. Neither is swelling or redness.

Pay special attention if your dog is frequently scratching is ears or shaking his head.
5. Nose

Dog noses are usually moist and cool. Depending on the breed, the nose may range from a light pink color to black, often matching the coat color.

If your dog has any nasal discharge, it must be clear. A yellowish, thick, bubbly or foul smelling discharge is a sign that something is wrong.

6. Temperature

Purchase a rectal thermometer. The normal dog temperature is between 101 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

Be careful when taking the dog’s temperature. Use a petroleum jelly on the thermometer bulb so it’s not painful when you insert. Lift the dog’s tail and insert the thermometer about an inch into the rectum. You need to hold it in until the temperature is read, usually after 3 minutes.

There are few other signs to look out for, but the above 7 should help you at least make a quick determination if your dog is doing alright.

A few other things that’s beneficial to know:

    Normal dog heartbeat varies from 50 to 130 times a minute depending on dog size.
Puppies have faster heartbeats compared to adult dogs.
Obese dogs often develop health problems. So make sure your dog’s weight is properly managed.
A dog that’s healthy also has clear yellow urine and 1 to 2 bowel movements per day.