Best Dog Diet

What’s the ideal diet for your dog?


Discover more about the history of your dog’s breed, its temperament, appearance and diet

Border Terrier Diet

Bull Terrier Diet

Bulldog Diet

Boxer Diet

Cavalier Spaniel Diet

Cocker Spaniel Diet

German Shepherd Diet

Golden Retriever Diet

Labrador Retriever Diet

Lhasa Apso Diet

Miniature Schnauzer Diet

Pug Diet

Shih Tzu Diet

Springer Spaniel Diet

Staffie Diet

Westie Diet

Whippet Diet

YorkshireTerrier Diet


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Dog Health Check


Caring for your dog should be a fun experience for both you and your pet. It’s good to get into a routine at an early age with your dog to give them a good physical look-over.


One way to do this is to hold your dog in the relaxed position (upside down with their bottom resting on your lap). This will allow you to inspect your dog’s condition whilst calming them. This may need some practice and it is recommended to spend time doing this from an early age with your dog.


A health check does not exclude the need to visit a vet, but will provide an early warning system to help identify any problems your dog may suffer. The sooner a potential issue is spotted, the more successful treatment is likely to be (and it could save money on vet bills).


It is important to weigh your dog on a regular basis and observe them in normal activities such as play, exercise, eating and drinking. Knowing your dog and being aware of any changes in their temperament or movement may help you to identify any health issues before they become a major concern.


A quick health check every day should help to keep your dog in good condition.



Dog Health Checklist


Ears should be clean and pale pink in colour (clean once a week). Look out for wax build up and puss. Constant scratching can be a sign there is a problem.


Eyes should be bright and clear (the whites should be completely white). Any cloudiness may be a sign that your dog is not well (a small amount of sleeping-dust in the corner of the eye is normal but watery or pus-like discharge is not).

Both eyelids should be fully open, not half-closed or blinking rapidly.


Gums should be pink (salmon). Any different colour or change in normal appearance may be a sign that your dog is unwell (paleness may be due to anaemia, a blue tinge could indicate a circulatory problem, while yellow is a sign of jaundice).

Teeth should be white-to-yellow and free of calculus build-up.

Breath should not be offensive. Although some breeds drool a lot, your dog shouldn't be salivating or panting excessively.


The nose should be clean & clear (not necessarily wet) and free of any discharge.


Toenails should not be long, split or torn. Check the length by visual inspection (the blood line should come almost to the tip of the claw) and by watching and listening to your dog walking (toenails tapping on solid floors are a sign they need clipping). Check between each toe.

Pads should be free of soreness and cracking.


The bottom should be clean and free of soiling. The most common ailment is worm infestation which looks like small grains of rice clinging around the rear end.

Coat and skin

The coat should be brushed regularly and look and feel healthy all over.

The skin should feel warm to touch and move easily over the body. Look specifically for any flaky, hot, itchy and or red patches (often highlighted by your dog licking, biting or chewing excessively)


The body should be lean with a thin layer of fat. Feel for anything abnormal. If you find anything monitor it closely (size, appearance, touch) and or speak to your vet.