Watch! Dr Paul Manktelow On How To Check Your Dog From Nose To Tail | DogLife360
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Watch! Dr Paul Manktelow On How To Check Your Dog From Nose To Tail




Hello! My name is Dr Paul Manktelow and I’ve been a vet for almost 20 years, working on the front line in some of the UK’s busiest veterinary hospitals.  



Dogs Nose Close Up


Your dog's nose should be:

  • Moist and soft
  • Free from any snot or discharge
  • Clear and your pet should be able to breathe freely.


Go to the vet if it:

  • Is dry
  • Is cracked
  • Has any snot or discharge
  • Sounds congested.



cloae up dogs eye


Your dog's eyes should be:

  • Bright, clear and comfortable open
  • Free from any tears or discharge and there shouldn’t be a lot of tear staining
  • The fleshy area around the eyeball (conjunctiva) should be salmon pink.


Go to the vet if they are:

  • Red
  • Sore
  • Weepy
  • Holding them closed/squinting.



a bulldog having its ear cleaned


Your dog's ears should be:

  • A fleshy pink colour inside
  • Free of any nasty smells
  • Have no build-up of wax or excessive hair
  • The ear flap should be flat


Go to the vet if they are:

  • Smelly
  • Uncomfortable
  • Waxy or have any discharge
  • Swollen
  • Holding their ear down or tilting their head to one side
  • Scratching or shaking their head a lot



dogs teeth close up


Your dog's teeth should be:

  • Clean and white
  • Free of cracks or breaks
  • Free of staining
  • Remember to check for any missing teeth


Go to the vet if they are:

  • Broken
  • Missing teeth
  • Stained (a plaque or tartar build-up will look like dark staining around their teeth)



close up dogs gum


Only check your dog's mouth if they are comfortable for you to do so. Visit your vet if they’re not used to having their teeth checked.


Your dog's gums should be:

  • A fleshy pink colour (although some pets will have darker pigments in their mouths, making their gums look darker. It’s best to check what’s normal for them)
  • Moist
  • Free of any lumps and bumps around their teeth


Go to the vet if they are:

  • Swollen around the teeth
  • Pale or dry (this could indicate an urgent problem so call the vet straight away)



dogs fur close up


Your dog's coat should be:

  • Free of knots
  • Free of any ticks, fleas, flea dirt or other parasites
  • Free of dandruff


Go to the vet if their coat has any parasites or if you are concerned



dogs leg close up


Your dog's skin should be:

  • Free of any rashes
  • Free of lumps and bumps
  • Free of bald patches
  • Have no bad smells
  • Have no wounds, discharge or infections


Visit your vet if their skin is:

  • Sore
  • Itchy
  • Dry
  • Moist/wet in areas

If you do notice any lumps and bumps, take your dog to the vet straight away so they can make sure they aren’t harmful tumours



close up dogs tail


Your dog's tail should be:

  • In a normal position for your dog
  • Able to move freely
  • Clean and free of any poop underneath
  • Have no sores on or around it


Visit your vet if it is:

  • Hanging limp and not moving as it normally does
  • If there’s a build-up of poop underneath
  • If your dog is scooting their bottom
  • If your dog is chewing at their back or tail



Remember to make your dog's check a happy, positive experience. Give them lots of fuss and attention and a fun game afterwards.


DogLife360's healthcare expert, Dr Paul Manktelow,  is Principal Vet at PDSA, Streetvet Trustee TV, Radio and Podcast Presenter, Writer, and Founder of Vital Pet Health.



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