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Routine veterinary examination of each dog should be undertaken every 6 months so that the dog's health can be assessed and changes can be seen and monitored. It may be that where you work there are different rules on routine veterinary inspections, so check what rules you must follow. Any concerns about your dog should be told to the vet for a closer examination.

Veterinary attention must be sought immediately if any dog is showing one or more of the following signs or if it has been involved in any kind of accident:

  • A runny nose
  • Runny, discharging or inflamed eyes
  • Repeated sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Severe diarrhoea, especially if bloodstained
  • Lameness
  • Inability to stand or walk
  • Bleeding or swelling of body parts (other than the vulva of bitches on heat)
  • Weight loss
  • No appetite
  • Apparent pain
  • Fits or staggering
  • Bloated abdomen
  • An inability to urinate or defecate

To make it easier when you visit the vet, write down any signs and symptoms you see and note the date and times so your records can show if the problem is getting worse.