The best way to do this is by following our HEALTHY CHECK-UP. Just do it once a week and get your mum, dad or another responsible grown-up to help. That way you can make sure that your pet stays in purrrrrrrrfect health! (Euww terrible joke).
Do the HEALTHY CHECK UP once a week and get your mum, dad or another responsible adult to help.
Only check your own family pet! Sheep, goats, next door’s pet werewolf and stray polar bears are probably best avoided.
Handle your pet carefully – they have feelings too! (You can always ask your vet if you’re not sure).
Wash your hands when you’ve finished!!
CHECK ONE – Their Coat
First of all you need to check that your dog’s coat is healthy. Don’t worry, they don’t need heaps of conditioners, straighteners and hair gel, but they should have:
A smooth, sleek and glossy coat
No ticks or fleas.
And (just like you), your pet shouldn’t have greasy fur or dandruff!
TOP TIP: Don’t think you have to be Paris Hilton to have a well-groomed pooch. It’s easy to keep them looking sleek and stylish. Just check out the GROOMING section of this website for handy hints and tips.
CHECK TWO – Their Body
Sometimes your dog might have something that is uncomfortable that you can feel with your own hands. As part of the HEALTHY CHECK-UP you should rub your pet down by gently but firmly stroking their body to see if anything bothers them.
CHECK THREE – Nose, Eyes and Ears
You can learn a lot from your just looking at your pet’s face.
They should have a nice moist nose that’s clean and without discharge (ok, ok stop sniggering, we meant they shouldn’t have a snotty nose, we were only being polite…)
They should have nice bright and clear eyes. They shouldn’t be red or weeping.
Very carefully check their ears to make sure they don’t have any ear mites or reddish/brown wax – this could mean an ear infection.
CHECK FOUR – Teeth and Gums
It’s not often you see a dog with braces or carrying a bottle of mouthwash but it’s still important for them to have healthy teeth. They should have pink healthy looking gums with no swelling and their actual teeth should be nice and white, too much yellow build up means – yuk – plaque.
Ask your vet how to brush your pet’s teeth. They’ll need a special toothbrush and toothpaste. You’ll just need a lot of patience!
CHECK FIVE – Keeping Active
Your dog should be getting lots of regular activity – two walks a day at least! (Check out the Exercise section of the website). You can tell a lot if your dog changes their exercise habits.
Do they pant more than they used to?
Do they get stiff after they have exercised?
Do they seem to have lost interest in going on walks or playing?
CHECK SIX – Too fat, too thin or just right?
Is Fang looking a little flabby? Or is Suki a bit on the skinny side? Make sure your dog is getting the right kind of exercise and the right sized portions – and not too many treats between meals, which can crank up the kilos!
Check out our nutrition section for more info on feeding your pet.
Then once a month, have a go with our Pet Size-O-Meter (can’t work it? Ask your mum or dad to show you how) - it’s a great way to make sure your pet is keeping trim!
Your dog should have passed the HEALTHY CHECK-UP with flying colours! If you’re worried about anything just chat it through with your vet.