Signs of a Healthy Dog

Just as scheduling regular veterinary checkups is important, so too is being able to understand the signs of a healthy and unhealthy dog. Learning how to recognize these signs will help you keep your dog healthy and happy.

Cold Nose = Healthy Dog? Maybe.

Curious by nature, your dog’s first impulse when interested in anything is to sniff around a bit.  However, don’t be alarmed if your dogs’ nose is warm; a dogs’ nose will fluctuate between warm and cold throughout the day. If your dog’s nose is warm for a prolonged period of time or shows signs of cracking, you should take your dog to the vet.

Likewise, if you notice your dog’s nose is always cold, this could be the sign of a cold. Just as you would expect your nose to be running if you were sick, your dog’s will too.

Healthy Eyes and Ears

While some dogs have eyes that tear up naturally, under normal circumstances your dog should have free and clear eyes. If you notice your dogs’ eyes consistently discharging or appear to be red or irritated, consult your veterinarian.

You should think of cleaning your dogs’ ears just as you would your own. If you notice your dog is scratching their ears more, this could be an indication of an infection. Dogs with more hair in their ears may need more frequent cleaning as well.

Show Your Smile

Take care to ensure your dog has healthy and clean teeth that are free of plaque and tartar build up. While you can brush your dog’s teeth just as you would your own, an easy way to help your dog have healthy teeth and gums is to give them treats that are specifically designed to help keep their teeth clean. As an added benefit, they can also help keep your dog from having “dog breath”.

Manage Your Dog’s Weight

Most dogs aren’t going to turn down a bowl full of food when you put it in front of them; all the more reason to regulate how much food your dog eats. Dogs that are overweight have increased risk of other health problems including heart and respiratory issues.

As different breeds benefit from different portions and formulas of food, you should consult your vet on the best choice for your dog. At an ideal weight, you should be clearly see their waist and be able to gently feel your dog’s ribs on the sides. An indication of an overweight dog could be struggling during times of exercise or playing.

Paws and Pads

Having four feet means there’s twice as many feet to worry about than you’re used to. While your dog’s pads are designed to be tough and resilient, they still need proper care. Routinely trimming their nails is one way to ensure their feet stay healthy. While trimming their nails, you can also check for any redness, swelling or foreign objects.

Your dog may not be able to tell you what they need, but understanding these signs and indicators will ensure your dog remains happy and healthy.

11 thoughts on “How old should my puppy be before being introduced to my Pet Stop hidden fence?”

  1. I have a puppy and haven’t trained with the fence for several years. Training directions are well written. Where can I get the resistors?

  2. I didn’t know that there is a lot to consider when looking into these wireless fences. My dad wants our dogs to stay safe in inside our property. My uncle suggested having pet fence installation and shared this article with him.

  3. I like that you suggested setting up a pet fence with the right size so you can give your dog a visual queue that there are barriers between them and your garden. My mother is planning to use her garden to plant new trees, and she wants to make sure that her new plants are not going to be damaged by her dog. I will be sure to let her consider hiring a professional to install her pet fence.

  4. I’m thinking about getting a dog. I will need to get just the right fence for it. I agree that the containment area is the most important factor of choosing a fence. It’s important to consider the height of the fence too.

  5. I liked that you talked about socializing the puppy. I never thought about how important this could be, but my friend brought it up the other day as well when I told her we’d be getting a new puppy for the family. It sounds like it will help to make them easier around people and better behaved. We’ll be sure to do this as well as everything else you’ve mentioned with the new addition to our family.

  6. I do agree with you when you said that even if dogs have the ability to track where they came from and return home, there are many dangers waiting for them once they leave the property. My pet nearly got hit by a car, as you suggested, so I have to agree with this. Of course, I do not want him to be put in any more danger than he already is, so I will be sure to put a fence around the house to keep him in.

  7. I never thought that getting a wired or wireless fence boils down to whether it will be installed at a home or will it be disassembled then reassembled again while traveling. Speaking of traveling, my wife and I do not know what to do with our dog. She will be staying at my aunt’s house but I want to make sure that she doesn’t destroy her beautiful garden. Your article inspired me to buy fencing for my pet so that not only will it keep her yard clean and green but also keep the pet safe and sound as well.

  8. I find it interesting how you mentioned how using a motion activated sprinkler can keep your dog away from your garden, because most dogs don’t like water. My wife and I are building our new home, and we were looking to get a dog when we’re done to complete the home feeling. One thing we were concerned with was the dog getting into our garden, but knowing this information will help immensely!

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