Maltese puppies- get to know your Maltese well

During the ordeal with Page often times people would ask me “how did you know she was in trouble so early on?” To me that was an easy answer, she wasn’t her normal self. I spend a lot of time with my Maltese kids and I know them really well, their quirks, dispositions, habits, personalities, etc. which allows me to detect the smallest change in them right away. I thought I would put together a short guide on how to detect problems with your dogs and to help you determine if your dog is in trouble.  It is very important for all of us to know these things so we are able to know when something is not right quickly. This is by no means meant to replace the advice your vet gives you but it is intended to help you determine how fast you might need the vet’s assistance.  When you call a veterinarian he may ask you to tell him if your dog has a temperature or if there gums are pale so these are things you want to know how to check. 

Gum color:One  of the ways I was able to determine if Page was improving was by the color of her gums. Here is some great advice Evelyn, one of my puppy moms,  wanted to pass along “check their gums as this is where you will see the first sign of anemia (or problem). I tell everyone who gets a puppy to look in their mouths and get a good feel for the color of their gums so that they can check often and that when the color gets pale to get to the vet and that the paler the gums the more emergent the care”  To check your dog’s gums  lift the lips and look at the color under his lip and above his teeth and that should be a nice pink color, if it is then he is probably in good shape. If it is too dark, too blue, too red, brick red, or too white, then your dog is probably in serious trouble

Temperature: The average temperature of a healthy dog is 101 °F or 38 °C, however, the normal temperature of a healthy dog may range from 99 °F to 102.5 °F (37.2 °C–39.2 °C). Taking your pet’s temperature involves placing a thermometer in their rectum, after which anything below 99 degrees or above 102.5 degrees is worth a call to the veterinarian.