Whether you are adopting a dog from your local humane society or purchasing a puppy from a breeder, you'll want to be sure that your new pet is healthy. There are several things you can do to ensure that the pooch you pick is in good physical and mental health.
- Look for discharge from the eyes and nose. A thick, greenish discharge from a dog's eyes or nose can be a symptom of several illnesses. If the dog has already been examined by a veterinarian and is undergoing treatment for something easily cured, you may want to consider taking him home and finishing out his treatment. If the breeder or shelter staff is unsure as to the cause of these symptoms, be cautious about taking him home.
Bringing home a new dog or puppy means lots of changes in your routine. Every new pet owner should expect a period of adjustment. Things will go much more smoothly if the dog you choose is healthy. While no one can guarantee with complete certainty that your pet won't have any medical concerns, taking the above precautions can help.