Area of concern
- Abdomen (tummy)
- Anus (bottom)
- Brain and nerves
- Female parts: vagina and uterus
- Head, face and neck
- Legs, paws and claws
- Male parts: penis, testicles and prostate
- Mammary glands (breasts)
- Mouth and Teeth
- Skin and fur
Bad breath isn’t normal and should always be investigated by a vet to see what’s causing it. Dental disease is a very common cause of bad breath but it can also be caused by some more serious health problems.
Brachycephalic means ‘short head’ (flat-faced). Flat-faced breeds are popular because of their loveable nature, but sadly, they often have trouble breathing because of how they look.
Lungworm infection is becoming much more common, and is now a risk to dogs across much of the UK. Your dog is at risk of catching lungworm if they eat slugs and snails (this often happens by accident while eating grass).
Dogs with sore mouths often eat on one side of their face, eat less or, if the pain is severe, they may stop eating completely.
Although your puppy's teeth will naturally fall out to make room for their adult teeth, wobbly teeth in adult dogs is cause for concern.