Dr. Shantanu Kalambi – Chief Veterinarian, Supertails
Pet parents worldwide share a common ‘early morning’ question that tends to last through the day – How do I know if my pet is healthy? It could be a result of some new behavior pattern in your pet or something else. Though the cause is often not in our power to control, we can still monitor our pets and understand if they are healthy or not. Here are a couple of signs to understand if your pet is healthy (cats and dogs) :
- Eyes: Check if your pet’s eyes are clear with no redness, swelling, discharge or if there is constant pawing over the eyes.
- Ears: Make sure the ears are odorless with no deposits of wax or debris.
- Oral Hygiene: Clean white teeth with pink or black gums are a sign of healthy teeth and gums. Check for tartar collection or swelling.
- Coat: A shiny, healthy coat should be free from ticks and easy to brush.
- Belly: Make sure it isn’t hanging down or loose. You should be able to feel your pet’s ribs easily without pressing too hard.
Additionally, for your dog, make sure there are no lumps or wounds on the skin. Look for stiffness or limping and make sure their tail moves freely.
For cats, watch their behavior around their litter box. Hesitation or strain could be a sign of health issues.
Remember that you cannot go wrong with a good diet and a regular vet check-up with these in mind. Please make sure you play with pets for their fitness and always watch out for new behavior patterns. They’re always trying to tell us something. All we have to do is listen.