Home Health Check
Tips and advice on how to check your dog's health at home
By observing your dog’s behaviour on a daily basis, you will notice any sudden changes such as excessive scratching, chewing, head shaking or bum scooting (for example), which may be a sign that something is wrong. By carrying out a simple home health check once you week, you will help to keep your pet healthy and free from pain and suffering the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
A guide to help you
1. Run your hands over your pet to check for lumps and bumps
2. Check for parasites in the coat (eg. fleas, lice, ticks or mites)
3. Check that the eyes are bright, shiny and free from discharge
4. Check the nose is moist and free from discharge
5. Check the ears are free from wax, nasty smells, and have good ventilation
6. Check the nails are not brittle, too long or curling inwards
7. Check the dew claws
8. Check the mouth for bad breath, ensure the gums are a salmon pink colour (or to breed standard) with no swelling, and the teeth should be free from tartar build up
How to identify common parasites
Ectoparasites live on the skin and may cause discomfort for the dog. Recognising these parasites and the signs of existing parasites such as: flea dirt in the coat, bald patches, greasy coat, sores and redness, crustaceans or lumps and bumps. Behavioural changes include: chewing, scratching excessively and becoming more irritable. If you notice any of these signs, contact your vet for advice and all year round treatment.
At Wilma’s we hold a First Aid Certificate and every 3 years we have First Aid Training to renew the certificate. The first aid box is within easy reach and kept near the telephone where important emergency numbers are displayed. It is fully stocked and dates are checked regularly. The Accident Record Book is kept fully updated.