Giving your dog a yearly examination at the vet is important, even if your dog seems to be in great health. This check will allow your vet to discover any problems that might arise over the coming years and develop into something more serious things if not caught early enough. The majority of vets perform what is known as a "Nose to Tail" examination. As the name implies, they start at the nose and work towards the tail.
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The vet will check your dog’s nose for any sign of Rhinitis, or just a cold.
He then checks your dog’s eyes. This is an important part of the check up; if the eyes appear to be dull or lacking vibrancy, this may be an indication that the dog is under stress or has internal parasites. The eyes will also be checked for infections. This involves looking for any discharge from the eyes or debris. It is necessary that the eyes are checked for any infections so that they can be stopped before they spread to another animal or human.
After the eyes, the mouth will next be examined to see if there are any injuries or lumps which might indicate oral tumors or an abscessed tooth. The vet will also have a good check of the dog’s gums and teeth. If the dog has poor gums this might be a signal that the dog has anemia. Your vet will let you know if your pet needs scaling –a procedure where the tartar is scraped off the dog’s teeth to stop cavities.
Next comes the ears. These will be checked for any nasty smelling smells including ear infections. The vet will also see that your dog’s ears are clean free of parasites.
The vet then will check your dog’s lungs by a stethoscope. This will allow him to spot any sounds that could suggest abnormal breathing or congestion. This can give the vet a good, early signal for serious diseases such as Bordetella, Heartworm and Distemper since each is a cause of congestion. Thus this is a major part of the examination.
A heart check will then determine whether your dogs heart beats within the normal range of 100 to 130 bpm. Determining whether your dog’s heart is beating normally will help detect any signs of heart disease early on, giving your dog a much better chance of enjoying a longer more rewarding life.
The Skin and Coat
Your dog will have its skin checked for any abnormalities after that. The vet will also keep an eye out for parasites. Also, the status of your dog’s coat will indicate how good your dog’s health is. The Abdomen The vet then comes to the abdomen which he examines for lumps or any infectious areas. If your dog seems uncomfortable while the vet performs this part of the exam, the vet will check into any problems that might be causing this.
The Back and Tail
The tail and spine of your dog will next be well examined for any signal that the dog has problems with its spine or any other irregularities that need to be readjusted.
The Legs and Paws
Lastly, the vet will look at paws of the dog for any signs of swelling and also look at the legs for muscle damage. An annual exam has many steps at which it can find problems in your dog. It may be able to catch some unknown problem from developing in your dog before it becomes serious. Giving your dog an annual exam is the best way to make sure that your pet is in top shape.Information provided by Mike Washington of www.ohmydogsupplies.com, search for limited time specials on car seat covers online.