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
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).
If your dog has a skin allergy, diarrhoea or symptoms of IBD your vet might ask you to carry out a food trial at home in case their symptoms are triggered by something in their food.
Appetites do vary between dogs but if your dog’s eating habits have changed it’s often a sign of a problem.
It’s very important to keep your dog’s teeth clean by brushing them regularly. Dental problems can be very painful and if left untreated can cause other problems.