Features January 2012 Issue

How to Give Your Dog a Home Health Examination

A quick look at your dog’s gums gives your vet a lot of vital information.

How to Give Your Dog a Home Health Examination

Five things to do before you call your veterinarian about your sick dog.

Who among us has not fretted over a seemingly sick dog, wondering whether we bring him into the emergency vet clinic – or wait until morning? Pretty much every dog owner has done it at some point. And most of us have probably frustrated the heck out of the vet’s receptionist. Telling her that the dog is “just not himself!” doesn’t give her a lot to go on; it leaves her no choice but to advise us to bring the dog in! It’s far more helpful to all concerned if you first examine your own dog, gathering solid information about his condition, before calling the vet.

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