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10 Vitally Important Dog Parts To Keep Healthy

by Phil Mutz
Phil is an Editor at LittleThings. He loves writing and the outdoors. You can often find him at the movies or the park.

Part of being a loving dog owner is ensuring that your pet’s health is taken care of.

Just as it is important to recognize dog symptoms that may indicate a serious problem, there are also certain parts of your dog’s body that require your care and attention to prevent something serious from occurring.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, “The old adage, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’ certainly holds true when it comes to pet health. The cost of prevention is often a fraction of the cost of treating a disease or problem once it has become more advanced.”

Sure, preventative health measures are important. But how do I know which parts of my dog’s body I should be paying attention to?

This exclusive list shows the 10 key areas of your dog’s body to keep healthy.

Focusing on care for these parts of the canine anatomy can help prevent a whole host of serious problems.

If you ever have major health concerns, you should take a trip to the vet right away. However, knowing this list of 10 dog areas to keep healthy can make a world of difference for your pet’s long-term health.

Scroll through below to see what dog parts you should be paying attention to in order to keep them healthy and happy. This is some of the most important information I’ve seen in years!

This chart reveals the 10 different dog parts that you should always keep healthy. Scroll through to see exactly why each area is important, and what you can do to maintain it.

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1. Paws

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Possible paw problems:

  • Cuts
  • Long or broken nails
  • Extreme dryness
  • Inflammation of the toes, possibly due to allergies or parasites
  • Blisters or ulcers, possibly due to burns or autoimmune disorders
  • Poor circulation

How to keep the paws healthy:

  • Keep nails neat and trimmed
  • Massage
  • Rub with moisturizer
  • Wash with anti-fungal shampoo
  • Apply antiseptic and soft pads to cuts
  • Clean between toes

2. Eyes

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Possible eye problems:

  • Infection
  • Pink eye
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Irritation
  • Cataracts or cloudiness
  • Visible third eye lid

How to keep the eyes healthy:

  • Gently wipe with a damp cotton ball
  • Carefully trim hair around the eyes
  • Add leafy green vegetables to the diet
  • Use a tear-stain remover for cleaning stains around the eye

3. Mouth

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Possible mouth problems:

  • Gingivitis
  • Tooth decay
  • Plaque buildup
  • Bad breath
  • Gum inflammation

How to keep the mouth healthy:

  • Examine the gums and teeth for redness or swelling
  • Brush teeth with toothbrush or soft gauze
  • Give them chew toys to strengthen teeth
  • Proper dental checkups
  • Feed with dry food instead of soft food

4. Joints

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Possible joint problems:

  • Swelling
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Arthritis
  • Stiffness
  • Infection

How to keep the joints healthy:

  • Use pet stairs or ramps
  • Weight management
  • Put down carpets or rugs for a softer surface
  • Keep them active
  • Add fish oil as a dietary supplement

5. Heart

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Possible heart problems:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Heartworm disease
  • Heart valve disease
  • Heart murmurs

How to keep the heart healthy:

  • Weight management
  • Keep them active
  • Add Omega 3 fatty acids as a dietary supplement
  • Maintain a healthy diet

6. Ears

6. Ears
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Possible ear problems:

  • Infection
  • Swelling
  • Crusty skin
  • Discharge
  • Bad smell
  • Hair loss

How to keep the ears healthy:

  • Place cotton in ears before bathing
  • Groom under ear flaps
  • Clean ears with witch hazel, diluted tea tree oil, or hydrogen peroxide
  • Avoid inserting anything in ear canal

7. Bladder and Kidneys

7. Bladder and Kidneys
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Possible bladder and kidney problems:

  • Vomiting
  • Blood in urine
  • Kidney stones
  • Bladder stones
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Weight loss, indicating possible infection

How to keep the bladder and kidneys healthy:

  • Give them clean water
  • Monitor urinary habits
  • Ensure high fluid intake
  • Add cranberries to diet to combat bad bacteria

8. Lungs

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Possible lung problems:

  • Choking
  • Cough
  • Bronchitis
  • Infection
  • Allergies
  • Pneumonia

How to keep the lungs healthy:

  • Ensure clear airway
  • Ensure high water intake
  • Limit exposure to extreme heat and humidity
  • See vet for difficulty breathing

9. Brain

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Possible brain problems:

  • Confusion
  • Tumors
  • Memory loss
  • Despondence
  • Inability to learn

How to keep the brain healthy:

  • Feed them foods rich in Vitamins C and E
  • Constantly teach new tricks
  • Play hide-and-go-seek with treats or favorite toys
  • Practice activities involving eye-mouth coordination, like catch or fetch
  • Provide stimulation with other people and dogs

10. Fur

10. Fur
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Possible fur problems:

  • Allergies
  • Yeast infection
  • Mange
  • Alopecia
  • Fleas or ticks
  • Ringworm

How to keep the fur healthy:

  • Brush fur every other day
  • Add vegetable oil to food
  • Add Omega 3 fatty acids as a dietary supplement
  • Bathe them
  • Be careful not to over-bathe

Knowing which of your dog's body parts are important to pay attention to can be vital to their long-term health!

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