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It is important to learn how to identify symptoms of good health in our dog
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A healthy dog

Healthy dogs show clear signs of vitality and well-being, and if there is a health problem, it can often be detected through a periodic check-up or by simply paying attention to the dog's behavior. Knowing our Australian Cobberdog to quickly identify when something is not going as it should is essential to detect possible issues that can have a simple solution with early diagnosis.


Healthy eyes are transparent, bright, and do not ooze. Any opacity, permanent change in pupil size, or redness should be checked as soon as possible by a veterinarian. Dogs have a third eyelid, a membrane that can sometimes be seen lining the surface of the eye. If the eye is healthy, it is very difficult for us to see this membrane, so if it is visible, it indicates that the dog is not well.


The inside of the ear canal should be clean and pink. Brown wax and bad odor can be a sign of infection or mite infestation. If a dog rubs the wall or scratches his ear repeatedly it could mean he has otitis.


The truffle must under no circumstances ooze. The humidity and temperature of the nose can be influenced by the weather and the level of activity and health, so it is not necessary to always be cold and wet to consider it a sign of health. However, it is never a good sign if the truffle is excessively hot or dry. A color change or progressive depigmentation is not indicative of disease.


Dogs' teeth, like ours, deteriorate over time, but ideally they should always be clean and white. Sometimes dogs can break a tooth, so it is a good idea to check and clean their mouth regularly. This also prevents gum infections. The gums should be pink, soft and not bleed. On the other hand, although no dog can boast of fresh breath, it is also not normal that their breath can be perceived in the distance, something that would indicate some dental problem. We should also know that excessive drooling may reflect a problem.

Skin and hair:

Skin should be pink-coloured and free of flaking and dandruff, some breeds may have pigmented areas of the skin, which is normal. The hair must be free of parasites.


Dog paws are usually very resistant but can also blister or suffer sores if the dog has walked or run excessively. Many breeds of dogs keep the thumb, which is called the spur and is located on the inside of the front paws. The spurs can break while the dog exercises and become infected. Another danger for paws is broken glass. We must avoid at all costs them stepping on them since they could hurt themselves. If possible, ideally we should to pick up any glass that we find during the walk to prevent other dogs from being hurt. The paws should always be dry between pads and the fingers to avoid pododermatitis, therefore we must try to dry the paws well if we bathe our dog or gets wet on a stroll.


Bloating (stomach dilation) can be a sign of worm or digestive problems and should be seen by a vet. All dogs have four pairs of nipples that it is important to check regularly for possible breast tumors, something very common in non-sterilised female dogs.

Anal region:

It is located at the tail set and should be clean and not sore or swollen. If our dog rubs his bottom against the ground or licks his anal region insistently, he may have clogged anal glands or is trying to get rid of worms, in which case must be checked by the veterinarian.


If it is a male, the penile area should not have red or irritated areas. In the case of the female, the vulva must have a pinkish color and must not ooze, the area of the folds must always be clean. If we notice that our dog insistently licks the genital area, we must take him to the vet.

How to make a full check up of our Australian Cobberdog:

To carry out periodic reviews of our dog in order to verify that there are no issues, injuries or suspicious changes, it is important to make our dog used to handling since we will have to explore eyes, ears, mouths, paws, genitals and the rest of the body parts, however uncomfortable it may be. A dog accustomed to manipulation will allow us to perform the exam in a relaxed way, while he remains quiet and confident while we touch him.



With the dog standing in front of us, we start by examining both eyes to see if they are red or swollen.


We continue with the ears, gently lifting the ear and carefully observing the ear canal to see if it is blocked.


We lift the flews, first on one side of the nose and then on the other, to see if there is plaque attached to the teeth. Then we open his mouth very gently and examine his tongue, palate, and throat.


We continue with the neck and shoulders. We feel every centimeter of skin and layer to find if it hurts or bothers them or if there is any inflammation. At this point, we may notice under the skin, on the left side of the dog's neck (although it may have moved) a kind of subcutaneous grain of rice. It's about the microchip and there's nothing to be alarmed about.


We go down gently towards the front legs. We lift them to check the length of the nails and carefully turn them over so that we can see the paws to check that they are not wounded or cracked. We gently insert a finger between each pair of the dog's fingers to ensure that there is no strange elements, such as a spike or crystal.


We move to the back and down the spine towards the hip, making sure that the dog shows no sign of pain.


We touch both hind legs from top to bottom and then examine the paws as we did with the front legs.


Finally, we pet the dog from the head to the tip of the tail. We gently grab the tail from the set and lift it up and analyze the anal region. With the other hand, we check the abdomen for any issues. In the case of a male, we feel the genital region. If it is a female, we must lay her on her back and examine the vulva.


After we are finished, we congratulate the dog for having done the tests so well and showing such patience during the exploration.

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