How to Do a Monthly At-Home Health Check of your Dog

Many canine diseases show warning signs long before the illness becomes unmanageable. Indeed, when caught in time, most canine diseases can be treated or prevented from spreading. Listed here are five simple exams you can do at home with your dog to ensure good health.   

Weigh Your Dog

A sudden change in your dog’s weight is a tell-tale sign that something in your pet is amiss. Sudden weight loss or gain can be a symptom of diabetes, Cushing’s Disease, heart failure, kidney failure, or arthritis. The Actijoy app provides a monthly reminder to check your dog’s weight, which can also serve as a reminder to check the other items on this list. 

Check Your Dog’s Ears

Many dog breeds are susceptible to ear infections. Chronic ear infections are not only painful to your dog but can also result in deafness. Look into your dog’s ears once per month to notice any changes in your dog’s ear wax production, color, or consistency. Also, note whether your dog’s ears have a new or unusual smell. 

Check Your Dog’s Teeth

If your dog will allow, lift your pet’s upper lip and check his or her teeth and gums. Healthy gums should be light pink and moist. If gums are white or dark red, consult your veterinarian. Gums should also be free of ulcers or bumps. Notice any excessive tartar buildup or new and unusual smells that could indicate infection. 

Give Your Dog a Massage

Next, give your dog a thorough rubdown. While doing so, check for any new lumps or bumps. While all bumps should be checked by a veterinarian, hard lumps that are attached to bone or muscle require immediate attention. 

Check Food and Water Intake

Make a note of any changes in your dog’s food or water intake. This part of the monthly check-up process can be made easy thanks to Actijoy WiFi Food and Water Bowls. Pet owners can easily monitor how much food and water their pets are consuming via the Actijoy app.

Performing these 5 easy checks monthly can help you better monitor your dog’s condition. By making notes of your monthly exam in the Health Book, found in the Actijoy app, you can easily share new or worsening symptoms with your veterinarian to ensure your dog receives the best care possible!

Please note: all dogs should be treated as individuals. The Actijoy™ blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. In the case of emergency, always seek qualified healthcare from a local veterinarian or emergency facility. Actijoy™ blogs are not designed to treat, diagnose, or prescribe medication for your pet.

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