Everyone knows that their dog should receive good nutrition, but how exactly do we know he’s getting it? In a nutshell, good nutrition will help your dog resist infection and disease, therefore helping him to live (and cuddle with you) longer. Overall health, and different body parts, can show you how. The word “symptom” comes from the Greek “signal”, so in essence, we’re looking at signals in your dog that can show he’s not feeling up to snuff. Suppressing the symptom, instead of treating it, can have long-term effects.

To check the nutrition levels of your dog, start by looking at the eyes.  Gently pull down the lower eyelid.  The color here can indicate proper assimilation of iron and other minerals.  If they are white or light colored, the body is not absorbing iron and minerals properly.  The lids should be pink to light red when all is well.

Gums are also indicators of the proper use of vitamins, minerals and proteins.  If in poor condition and health, we will see loose teeth, bleeding, tarter build up, light color or white spots.  The gums should be dark in color. By the way, bad breath is not natural!  It might be common, but if you don’t appreciate your dog’s kisses, look in his mouth! All of these things will show you his nutrition levels.

This is just a starting point for checking the signs of good and bad nutrition in your canine buddy. Check out our next post to find out other ways you can keep him happy and healthy!