With three cats, two horses, one pup and six chickens, making sure everyone is healthy on the farm is always a concern. Doing regular health checks can help you catch symptoms early and avoid unnecessary illnesses and vet bills. Here are some simple things you can do to keep an eye on your pet’s health and stay in tune to what is normal for them. By becoming familiar with you pets normal health, it will be easier to identify when something isn’t right and they need some medical attention.
How to give your cats and dogs a quick health check:
- When you are petting your pets, take a few minutes to check out their skin and fur. Does their coat feel greasy? Do they have dry dandruff? Any sign of fleas or flea dirt? Is the skin healthy gray color or does it look pink and inflammed?
- Smell your fingers after petting them. Is there any kind of odor? Anything, fishy, rancid or rank can be a sign of a health problem. Or that they might need a bath.
- Check out your pet’s eyes for any discharge , especially in the corners of their eyes.
- Look inside their ears, do they have a lot of wax? Sniff the ears. Again foul odor can be a sign of an infection.
- Inspect their gums. Any sign of red inflammation or foul odor can be a sign of tooth problems. Check out the teeth themselves, are they white or yellow or brown. White is healthy. Yellow and brown can be a sign of tooth decay.
- Last pay attention to your pets weight. if they start to gain or loose weight, this can be an indicator that a problem is starting.
- Pay attention to their normal stools and urine. If they suddenly change this can be an indication of ill health.
- Inspect your chicken’s feather’s regularly for signs of lice and for any unusual feather loss
- Inspect your chicken’s feet for cuts or skin abnormalities. Catching infection early can make it easier to treat.
- Pay attention to your chicken’s normal feces. If it becomes mush and or watery. It can be a sign of warms.
1.Regular grooming can help you identify signs of an issue early. Brushing your horse regularly and look at the health of their coat. Is it shiny or dull and rough. Are there any lumps and bumps that shouldn’t be there? Are their any patches of missing fur? Are they muscular or can you see their ribs and hip bones. Horse are hard to weigh so feeling their body condition can help catch weight loss early.
2. Pick out their hooves regularly. Watch for signs of thrush and smell for any foul odor that can indicate an infection. Look for chips, cracks or loose shoes.
3. Watch your horse gait. Any differences in walking can indicate an injury.
4. Pay attention to your horses mood. Any drastic changes in temperament can indicate illness or pain.
If you notice differences in your pet’s behavior, appearance , mood, appetite or eliminations, you should consult with a veterinarian to be sure your pet doesn’t need medical attention. Catching things early makes them easier to treat.