The Dog’s Head
Looking carefully at a dog’s head can give you a good general indication of his or her overall health status and temperament. First of all, dog’s eyes should be clear and bright. They should also be free of tears and the nostrils should be clean. Runny eyes, a nasal discharge and sneezing may indicate a respiratory problem or an allergy. The dog’s ears normally smell and look clean. They should not be filled with debris, scarred or malformed. When you open the dog’s mouth white teeth with pink gums and a fresh breath are all signs of good dental hygiene. Healthy skin and haircoats shine. The dog’s fur should not be matted or soiled or have signs of fleas. Bald areas without hair and dry flaky skin can reflect a variety of problems.