Area of concern
- Abdomen (tummy)
- Anus (bottom)
- Back (spine)
- 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.
Depending on the cause, blindness can develop very suddenly, or very gradually. Most dogs are very good at adapting to gradual blindness and it can be surprisingly difficult to notice. Sudden blindness is much more obvious.
Conjunctivitis is a symptom not a condition. It means inflammation (swelling) of the ‘conjunctiva’. Conjunctivitis can be caused by many different conditions but nearly always causes red, itchy, weepy eyes.
If one of the cruciate ligaments is damaged the knee joint becomes wobbly and this is usually very painful. The most common way for a dog to damage a cruciate ligament is by jumping, skidding, twisting or turning awkwardly.
Dogs like to keep themselves clean, so if you notice your dog has dandruff (dry, flaky skin) it could be a sign of a problem.