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Knowing the signs of a healthy dog is a must for dog owners. Watch this video to see what the signs are and what you should do if you suspect your dog is unwell.See Transcript

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Hi, I'm Dr. Jeffrey Levy, house call vet NYC and I'm here for about.com to talk about the signs of a healthy dog. 

Changes in a Dog's Behaviour

Let’s face it.  You know your dog best and what you’re really looking for are changes.  Are there changes in your dog’s behavior, attitude?  Is your dog bright and alert or is your dog displaying dulled mentation?  Does your dog respond to sounds to your voice?  How’s its appetite?  It’s his appetite.  Is that appetite increased?  Is that appetite decreased?
Is your dog drinking or urinating excessively?  Is there difficulty in that urination?  Is there difficulty with the defecation?  What is the stool like?  Has it changed in quality or even odor?  What is your dog’s coat look like?  Has it become dried, dehydrated, discolored?  If you lift it up, does it maintain its shape or does it snap back into places if your dog was well hydrated?  

Age Depedent Guidelines for Dogs


Now just remember, these guidelines are age-dependent and also don’t expect your dog to act the same during the heat wave as it does in the crisp bottom day.  Important signs that require immediate attention are lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea.  One of the most important things you can do to ensure health and longevity of your dog is to have regular veterinary visits.

What to Do if Your Dog is Unwell


Veterinarians are skilled professionals who through detailed examination and proper laboratory work can detect health problems long before they appear.  And at home, being observant, looking for changes in your dog’s behavior, changes in your dog’s activities will help ensure a happy and healthy life for your dog.  For more information, visit About.com.

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