Regularly check your dog so you can spot little issues before they become medical problems.
One of the best things you can do to prevent health problems is to give your dog their very own regular check-ups. It's super-easy and helps you find little things before they turn into big things that can be painful for your dog and expensive for you.
First, download and use these nifty little check-sheets to help you keep track of what you find. Simply right click, then print it.
Once every couple of months or so, give your dog an all-over massage, where you feel and look at everything. Touch their whole body, feeling for lumps, bumps, scratches, and changes. Look into their eyes, ears, mouth, at their teeth, and between their toes. Remember to check their back end too - lift their tail and check around their private parts. Jot down anything noticeable on your little check-sheet.
It's a time to trim nails, comb out mats and simply make sure that everything is in order. Make it fun for your dog by having lots of their favourite treats on hand. They'll learn to look forward to the whole ordeal.
Keep notes, and notice changes. Then when you see your vet, bring your notes along to talk about any changes.
Learn more about how to prevent medical issues by taking a Pet First Aid Class.