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6 signs of dog health

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Some pet owners are willing to spend whatever it takes to keep their animals happy and healthy-- and say so without flinching. In some instances, that could require taking out a mortgage. 

But how can you tell if your dog is healthy in the first place? Here are 6 ways: 

  • Body Condition: Your dog should not show signs of obesity or muscle loss, but should appear healthy, according to Pet Insurance.
  • Skin, Coat, Eyes: A dog's skin should be smooth and clean dog, while the coat should be shiny and soft. Researchers say your dog's eyes should be clear and bright without any discharge or cloudiness.
  • Mouth: The teeth and gums should be tarter and plaque free. Healthy gums should not appear to be too pink or puffy.
  • Immune System: While the immune system works on the inside, it shows on the outside in a healthy dog, according to Pet Insurance. Dogs that are vibrant and have a shiny coat, good muscles, endurance, alert and lively are considered to have a good immune system.
  • Bones and Joints: A healthy dog should be able to move easily without pain or stiffness. Your dog should be interested in play and have good posture and attitude.
  • Digestion: It's suggested that you check your dog's digestion by inspecting the size and quality of the stool. Researchers say firm, compact stools indicate your dog is getting the most nutrition from his food, while soft or runny stools could indicate a digestive problem.

It's suggested to never skip your dog’s annual veterinary check-ups. An appointment should be schedule with your veterinarian right away if you find any problems when giving your dog the six-sign exam.

For more tips on how to keep your pet healthy, visit PetInsurance.com.

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