Looking after your puppy’s health

To help your puppy stay happy and healthy, it’s a good idea to carry out a simple health check. Follow the steps in our puppy health care guide to check his health in between visits to the vet.

In order to regularly monitor your puppy’s health, you will first need to get them used to being handled and examined. Once they are comfortable with you touching their ears and paws, it will be a lot easier to gently examine them.

Preparing your puppy for their health check

Position your puppy on the table that you’ve already set up, putting a towel on the table in order to stop them from slipping. Give them a little bit of fuss; paying your puppy attention is not only important to keep them happy, but will also help you gain their trust and build a good relationship with them.

Begin by brushing and stroking their body.

Puppy Care and Treatment

Puppy ear check

Clean ears are also important to your puppy’s health. If your puppy is long haired, brush the outside of their ear. This will prevent the build-up of knots which may become hard to untangle.

Lift their ear and check the outside for any spots or ulcers. If the ear is flushed or has a bad odour, it may be a good idea to take your puppy to the vet for a check-up. If, on the other hand, the ear is merely covered in dust and dirt, you can clean this yourself using a sanitary wipe, making sure you do this thoroughly and delicately in order to avoid scaring your puppy. Don’t insert anything directly into their ear (including cotton buds) – if you think cleaning inside the ear may be necessary, ask your vet for advice.

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Puppy eye check

The eyes are a good indicator of your puppy’s health. Check their eyes to see if they look clean and bright. If you need to wash around the eyes a little, for example if there is dirt around them, you can gently give them a clean.

Using a gauze pad soaked in water or a specific detergent that is suitable for puppies, clean the outside of their eyes, always ensuring that they do not get irritated.

If the eyes do become irritated, or if they are watering, we suggest that you take your puppy to the vet for a check-up.

Puppy nail check

All that’s left to do now is to check your puppy’s nails.

Check the length of the nails by resting your puppy’s paw on the palm of your hand. If you feel the nails on your palm, you can proceed to cut the nails.

You can use dog nail clippers for puppies, equipped with a safety latch. You could also get someone to help you by holding the puppy while you cut the nail horizontally. This will make the job easier, as you won’t have your hands completely full!

Be careful not to cut the nails too low down. If you are uncertain about cutting their nails, ask your vet or veterinary nurse to show you how it’s done.

Remember that paying your puppy attention and stroking them will help them remain calm and happy, making your job easier and more stress-free for both of you.