Dogs are great companions for a family. They always seem energetic and fun to be around. However, can you tell when your dog has a health concern?
Animals can’t tell us if they are suffering from some kind of health issue or pain. So, it’s up to us to look for telltale signs that may indicate a health issue in them.
Here are a few ways to monitor your dog’s health at home:
Keep a track of their weight
Make a routine on weekly basis to check your dog’s weight. It is a fairly easy task. You can use your own portable weight scale to check their weight. If you don’t have a weight scale at home then take them to your vet every alternative week.
Check their temperature
You can use a digital thermometer to check your dog’s body temperature. Insert it gently, about one inch, into the rectum. If you are using a digital thermometer, wait until it beeps. Normal temperature for a dog is between 100 and 102 degree Fahrenheit. Anything below or above would indicate a symptoms of illness, take your dog to a vet.
Monitor their heart-rate
Use a watch with a second hand or a stop watch to count the time. Place your hand over the left side of their chest, behind the front leg. The common practice is to count the heartbeats for 15 seconds and then multiply by 4 to calculate beats per minute. Normal ranges from 60-100 in big dogs, and about 100-140 in smaller dogs. You can perform this test when your dog is sleeping and not recovering from an activity.
Keep a check on their daily activity level
One of the easiest ways to monitor the well-being of your dog is by monitoring their daily activity level. If your dog enthusiastically goes for walks, play ball and moves, it means that are in good health. If your dog starts to avoid playtime, daily walks and seem tired and lazy all the time then visit your vet for a checkup. This may be an indication that something is troubling your pet.
Lastly, remember that you are the best judge of your dog’s health. You have to proactively keep monitoring your dog’s health and look for telltale signs of issues. Visit your veterinarian if you feel there is something wrong with your dog.
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