How do I know if the dog or cat I'm adopting from a shelter is healthy?

Asked by Crystal

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It’s good that you’re checking this out before adopting an animal. There are a number of things that you can check which indicate that an animal is in good health. They should be bright and alert and interested in what’s going on around them. Their eyes and nose should be free from any discharge. Look inside their ears and make sure they’re clean and don’t smell bad. Teeth should be clean and free from tartar. Run your hand through their coat and feel for crusts or scabs, and look for any bald patches or dandruff-like flakes.

The other thing you can do is ask the shelter staff about your potential new family member. Have there been any health issues that they’ve noticed while caring for the animal? Is there any veterinary history for that pet or have they recently been checked by a vet? The more information you have, the better you can evaluate whether this pet is the one for you. All the best with your adoption! | 03.01.16 @ 13:15
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