Importance of Health Checks

09/02/2022

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THE IMPORTANCE OF HEALTH CHECKS

When your dog feels well, they are less likely to be over-reactive. Therefore one of the first steps to resolving reactivity is getting your dog booked for a thorough health check with their vet.

You can help your vet by providing as much information as possible. Take videos of your dog walking, trotting and running from several angles, including side on as well as coming towards you and moving away. Take videos or pictures of how your dog typically stands, sits and lies down. These will help your vet determine if there are any underlying joint or muscular issues which could be causing pain and contributing to your dog’s reactivity.

Another key area for investigation is the mouth. This is especially true for senior dogs who can suffer extreme discomfort due to progressive mouth issues. Brushing your dog’s teeth will help to prevent issues and maintain good oral health. However some dogs will need dental treatment if there are existing issues.

If your dog has an imbalance in their gut, this can also be a factor in their reactivity. This may show as changes in their poo but can also show in posture or behavioural changes after eating, itchiness or reddening of the skin.

Dogs often don’t show how much pain they are in, so it’s important that you pay attention to small details and seek advice from your vet early. Always talk to your vet if you see any sudden changes in your dog’s health or behaviour.

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