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How to know your dog is healthy

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As a pet owner, you want to ensure the health and happiness of that animal. All responsible pet parents engage in yearly or bi-yearly veterinary visits to have the pets examined and vaccinated; protected from common diseases, illnesses and parasites. In keeping up with your pet’s health, visit your local Rockford-area veterinarian as listed below or one closest to your home on a regular basis. However, what can you expect a healthy, happy pet to look like.

In determining your dog’s health, you want to monitor body temperatures, the look of the eyes, your pet’s heart rate and color of the gums. Most often, taking an animals temperature is done rectally to get the best reading, something many owners are not willing to or want to do. The recipient is not always a welcome patient either. The proper temperature for a healthy dog is normally between 100 and 102.5. If it is less than 99 or more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit, it is time to contact your vet immediately.

Another sign of a healthy pet is to check the color of the gums. You can tell by the pet’s gum color as to proper blood circulation and oxygenation. The gums should be a healthy pink in color. If your pet lowers its eyelid, you can note the clearness of the eyes and color of the gums. Press on the gums gently and release. Healthy gums will be pink and regain color within 1 to 2 seconds. If it is less than a second or more than 3 seconds, or the coloring of the gums appear blue, yellow, white or pale, your pet needs to see the doctor.

Determining heart rate can also alert you as to the health of your pet. If you are lucky to have a stethoscope, you can listen for a good heartbeat. Your pet’s heartbeat is on the left side of its chest. Count the number of heartbeats for 15 seconds and multiply by four. For small dogs or puppies, the rate of heart or pulse should be between 120 and 160 beats per minutes and dogs over 30 pounds will be between 60 and 120 beats per minute. The larger your pet, the slower the heart rate.

You can also try to determine a pulse rate if you cannot get an accurate heartrate. The best pulse reading is by the groin area on the inside of the back leg. With two fingers up high on the thigh, feel around until you can detect a pulse. It does take practice but is usually pretty accurate to know if you must see your vet. If the pulse or heart rate seems abnormal to you, do not hesitate to seek medical intervention.

It is always best to be safe than sorry. Usually, a pet that is not well will have multiple symptoms as listed above so being an educated pet parent will help you in determining the health and well-being of your pet companion. However, if you are not sure how your pet is doing for any particular reason, have an open communication with your vet and do not hesitate to call and ask questions, since your pet’s well-being is in your hands.

If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.

If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists

For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland

For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy

For the grooming needs of your Chihuahua in or near the Rockford area, you can contact Sue at pupelv7@comcast.net for further information.

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