The next time you pet your pet, pay attention to their fur and skin. Healthy pets tend to have clean, shiny coats due to natural oils and shedding. A healthy pet doesn't need to be bathed routinely unless it gets dirty. Pets with fur don't need to be routinely bathed (unlike specific breeds with fur that require grooming) and can cause skin irritation.
Your dog should have a consistent lean weight that doesn't change much. You should be able to see your dog's waist tapers towards the hips without showing the rib cage (this can vary depending on the breed). Pets need portion control when it comes to food and treats. Talk to your vet about your dog's ideal eating plan to help keep a pet healthy.
A healthy dog will normally have a cool, clean, and damp nose. A dog's nose can change color, from black to pink, so control what's “normal” for your dog. Bleeding, crusting, or discharge are also signs that your dog isn't feeling well. In addition to these physical signs of health, there are also behavioral signs that can indicate whether or not your pet is in good health.
A healthy pet will be active and alert, with plenty of energy for playtime. They should also be responsive to commands and show interest in their surroundings. If your pet is lethargic or unresponsive, it could be a sign of an underlying health issue. It's important to keep an eye out for any changes in your pet's behavior or physical appearance.
If you notice any changes, it's best to take them to the vet for a checkup. Regular checkups are essential for maintaining your pet's wellbeing and happiness.