Advanced Pet First Aid Level 3 (VTQ)

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Checking Your Dog's Health and Finding Out What Is Normal

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Pet Health Monitoring: A Comprehensive Guide

1. Introduction

To effectively identify potential health issues in your pet, it's crucial to understand what's considered "normal" for them. This involves monitoring various aspects of your pet's well-being.

2. Assessing Normalcy

Consider the following factors to determine your pet's baseline health:

  • Energy Level: Understand their typical energy levels.
  • Alertness: Observe their alertness when they are healthy.
  • Healthy Weight: Be aware of their ideal weight.
  • Coat and Skin: Check for any unusual bumps, cuts, or growths on their coat and skin.
  • Ears: Examine their ears for redness or discolouration.
  • Eyes: Evaluate their eye health by having your dog follow your finger and inspecting the whites for excessive redness.
  • Gums and Teeth: Regularly check their gums and teeth for abnormalities. Note that gum colour may vary among breeds.
  • Nose: Inspect their nose for cuts or grazes.
  • Paws and Pads: Examine their paws and pads for any cuts or grazes.
  • Heart Rate: Learn the normal heart rate for your specific pet breed. Measure this while your pet is at rest.
  • Resting Breathing Rate: Count their breaths in 30 seconds and double it to determine their resting breathing rate. Note that breathing rates can vary between dog breeds.
  • Feeding Habits: Monitor their eating patterns, as changes could indicate underlying issues.
  • Stool: Examine their stools regularly. Runny stools or the presence of blood may indicate health concerns.
  • Regular Bowel Movements: Ensure your pet is passing stools regularly, as unusual habits may signify a problem.

3. Conclusion

By familiarising yourself with your pet's behaviour and habits, you'll be better equipped to recognise when something is amiss with their health.