Being a dog owner is one of the most rewarding experiences in life. Not only do they provide companionship, but they can be great friends and help you with your health and wellness.
However, there are times when you might notice that something’s not right with your furry friend – or maybe even wonder if they have been sick for a while.
You’ll want to know how to spot any potential signs of illness so you can get them to see the vet ASAP. Here are five signs that indicate your pup is healthy and happy:
Their Weight Is in a Healthy Range
You should be able to feel your dog’s ribs but not see them. If you can’t feel their ribs, they may be overweight. According to the American Kennel Club, a healthy weight for an adult dog is between 10 percent and 20 percent of their ideal body weight.
To determine your pet’s ideal body weight, measure the circumference of his ribcage; multiply that number by four — that’s how much they should weigh.
If you notice your pup is losing or has lost weight over time, consider bringing them in for a checkup with a veterinarian.
They Have Shiny Fur and Clean Eyes
Your dog’s fur should be smooth and shiny. If their coat looks dull or has a lot of small, fine hairs, it could mean they are not getting enough nutrition from their food. Rough, scaly skin, dry or flaky skin, and dandruff are also signs of a malnourished dog.
A healthy dog should also have clear eyes and a clear nose. It could be a sign of infection if you notice mucus or discharge in your pup’s eyes or nose.
If their eyes are red or irritated, it could indicate that they’re suffering from an eye infection or something more serious like glaucoma; see a vet immediately if this is the case.
They Have a Healthy Appetite
A healthy dog should have a healthy appetite. If your dog is eating well and the same amount of food, they are getting the nutrition they need.
If they are a picky eater, which means dogs are, you can use dog food toppers to make their meals extra palatable and nutritious. If their appetite has decreased, but they are still acting normal, you should take them to the vet to ensure everything is okay.
They Like to Play and Move Around for Most of the Day
It’s natural for dogs to want to play and move around in their environment. A happy and healthy dog would be able to play and move around all day long. They enjoy being near other dogs and people because this makes them feel safe and comfortable.
If you notice that your dog spends most of their time lying down, it could be a sign that something is wrong. If they are just lounging around and sleeping more than normal, there may be an underlying problem like arthritis or another condition causing them pain.
Lack of enough nutrition is also a leading cause of lethargy in dogs. If your dog is a fussy eater, change their diet and use dog food toppers to make their meals more delicious.
They Sleep Well at Night
Most dogs will sleep anywhere from 12 to 18 hours a day, so if you’re not seeing that much rest, it could be time to get them checked out. Sleep deprivation can lead to health problems, including digestive issues, obesity, and even depression.
If your dog is not sleeping well at night, they may have medical conditions like:
- A foreign body in the stomach or intestines
- Inflammation of the colon (colitis)
- Heart disease
Remember that dogs are living, breathing animals with feelings and needs like humans. They deserve to be treated with respect and compassion, so make sure you take good care of your furry friend. If you notice any of these signs, contact a vet immediately.
Last Updated on November 3, 2022 by Shepped Team