Puppy health is extremely important and it’s vital when you’re purchasing a new dog, that you understand what a healthy puppy should look like. Follow our guide for advice:
Puppies should be plump, but not fat, and free of any lumps or bumps.
Avoid taking a puppy with a potbelly, as it may have worms.
Check for swelling of the bellybutton – this is the sign of an umbilical hernia.
Look for clean eyes, ears, nose, backside and coat. The eyes should be bright and ears should not be dirty, red, smelly or itchy, while the coat shouldn’t have any bald or red patches.
Place the pup on the floor and clap your hands or make a high-pitched squeak. Does the dog respond? Deafness is a big problem in some breeds (Dalmatians, for example) and particularly for white dogs, so it may be wise not to take a puppy that doesn’t respond to obvious sudden noises.
About the Purina PetCare Advice Centre
The Purina PetCare Advice Centre brings together a team with in-depth knowledge, experience and special interests with the skills to advise about health and nutrition, behaviour, training, socialisation, as well as basic first aid for your cat or dog. Our team of dedicated pet lovers can also provide information about Purina products and services to help you give your pet the best possible care. If you've got a question about any aspect of pet care, then ask the Purina PetCare Advice team.