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How can we tell if a dog is healthy from its behaviours?

There are a lot of questions that need to be looked at, and even the most subtle signs can tell us a lot about a dog’s condition. For example, in daily exercise, we can also observe the movement and state of dogs during exercise, so as to judge whether the dog is healthy or not. How to judge whether the dog is healthy or not from the exercise state, and error hidden danger. Let’s take a look together.


1. Observe the movement state of the dog:

Circle movement: sick dogs in accordance with a certain direction to swim the movement, some circle diameter unchanged, some circle diameter is gradually reduced, and even to a hind limb as the center, in place in a circle, called clockwise rotation. The diameter and direction of the circle are related to the location of the lesion, the size of the lesion, and the time of the disease. As a result of the movement center of cerebral cortex, midbrain, pontine, cerebellum, vestibular nucleus, labyrinth wait for a place to suffer damage, be caused by when unilateral sex damage especially. Seen in encephalitis, brain abscess, lateral sex hydrocephalus.

Blind movement: The sick dog walks aimlessly, does not pay attention to the surrounding things, regardless of the external stimulation, and keeps moving, when encountering obstacles, his head on obstacles and does not move. It’s seen in inflammation of the brain.

Burst or retreat: When a sick dog, with its head raised or lowered, advances at a regular or rapid pace despite obstacles and even falls into a ditch without avoiding it, it is called a burst. Seen in the motor area of the cerebral cortex, thalamus, and other injuries. The sudden retreat is the head and neck back, a continuous retreat, and even fell. In cerebellum damage, cervical muscle spasm, and so on.


Roll: A dog may be forced to lie on one side, or maybe centered on the long axis of the body, like a brick on the affected side. This is often seen with damage to the dilated brain, cerebellar foot, vestibular nerve, etc. This movement is mainly based on the balance and coordination of the dog during movement, and whether there is abnormal behavior

2. Behavioral disorders:

Immobility disorder: Disorder in the postural balance of a dog while standing. The performance is the head and the body sways unsteadily the deviation, the limb muscle tightens the tension to reduce, the weakness often stands with the limb apart and tries hard to maintain the posture balance, such as “drunk shape”.

Motor disorder: ataxia in movement, lack of rhythm, accuracy, and coordination. This is manifested in the movement of the whole body shaking, awkward gait, high lift limbs, hard pedal, such as the “wading” gait. It is commonly seen in the cerebral cortex, cerebellum, spinal cord, and other injuries.