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.
- 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.