A Health Checklist

Detecting potential health problems before they become serious can save your pet unnecessary suffering and save you great worry and expense. Once a month, see whether you can answer true to all of the statements in this list.

If a statement is NOT true, call your veterinarian.

My Pet…

  • Is acting normally and is in good spirits.
  • Doesn’t tire easily from moderate exercise.
  • Hasn’t had a seizure or fainting episode.
  • Has a normal appetite and hasn’t lost or gained much weight.
  • Doesn’t vomit shortly after eating.
  • Produces what appear to be normal stools and urine.
  • Doesn’t drag her bottom or chew under her tail.
  • Has a full coat with no missing hair, mats, or excess shedding.
  • Doesn’t scratch, lick, or chew herself excessively.
  • Has healthy skin with no dry flakes, greasy feel, or bad odor.
  • Doesn’t have fleas, ticks, or mites.
  • Doesn’t have any lumps or bumps on her body.
  • Has clean ears with no debris or odor, and doesn’t shake her head or dig at her ears excessively.
  • Has bright clear eyes that are free of matter.
  • Seems to have normal hearing and reacts as usual to her environment.
  • Moves and walks easily, without stiffness or pain.
  • Has healthy feet and short nails.
  • Breathes normally without straining or coughing.
  • Has normal thirst and drinks as often and the same amount as usual.
  • Urinates as often and the same amount as usual.
  • Has a moist nose that’s free of discharge.
  • Has clean white teeth that are free of plaque and tartar.
  • Has pink gums with no redness or offensive breath odor.