How to Choose a Healthy Pet Checklist

How to Choose a Healthy Pet Checklist

Choosing a new healthy pet is an exciting prospect but don’t rush into it. Depending on the breed, dogs live for about 10-13 years and cats for 15-20 years, so a pet is a long-term commitment, and it pays to do your homework.

Here are some tips to help you buy or adopt the right pet for you, whether you intend to find your pet from a breeder, shelter, or rescue organization.

5 points to consider for choosing a Healthy Pet:

Get one at the right age.

In general, puppies should be kept with their mothers for at least the first 8 weeks of their lives. If the dog breed is small, such as a Yorkshire terrier, a puppy should live with its littermates or parents for the first 12 weeks so it can mature enough to live with other people and animals.

  • If you find a breeder who is selling puppies younger than 8 weeks old, ask the breeder why, since it is too young.

Check the puppy’s cleanliness

As you are looking for a puppy, you should look at how clean the puppy is. This is a good indicator of the puppy’s health. When you meet a new puppy, look for clean:
Ears. Dirty puppy ears may cause ear infections or indicate ear mites. Avoid puppies with ear redness or foul odors.
Nose. There should be no discharge from the nose, and the puppy should not sneeze profusely or cough. Don’t think discharge is just saliva because the nose may be wet from licking.
Eyes. There should be no discharge around the puppy’s eyes. They should be bright and alert.

Examine the coat

When you are getting a new puppy, its fur should be fresh and clean. It should also be shiny and full. Avoid dogs with bald patches or skin issues. It may be a bit dusty or slightly dirty if the puppy is playing outside with other animals, but it should clean up easily.
  • When you play with the puppy, part in its fur and look at the skin. It should also be clean and smooth. Make sure there are no fleas and that the puppy doesn’t scratch itself.

Check for a strong body

When you pick up the puppy, check the muscle definition of the legs and arms. All puppy bodies should be strong, even if the dog is a tiny breed. Make sure it isn’t thin with a protruding belly.

  • This can be a sign of an untreated worm infestation or serious health issues, such as a heart problem.

Examine the stool

For choosing a healthy pet, examine what the puppy’s stool looks like. It should be firm. Loose stools or a messy bottom may indicate diarrhea, which is a sign of larger health issues. You should also check where the other puppies in the litter go to the bathroom to make sure none of the other puppies are sick either.
Also, watch to see if the puppy licks its genital region a lot. This may be a sign of a urinary tract infection.

How Can Getezo Help You?

Getezo is one of the largest upcoming online marketplaces in India, which you can access from almost anywhere. Just Log on to Getezo and search for second-hand items. The page takes you to a place where a list of people willing to sell their used items to you at a decent price in your area is shown. Choose the option which suits you the best.

Also, Check: “The Essential Pet Care & Hygiene Checklist“.

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