We love cuddling with our dogs every chance we get. They’re soft, fluffy and warm and being close to our beloved pet just brings joy to our hearts. But besides being therapeutic for both human and dog, cuddling on the couch is actually healthy for your furry companions.
Cuddling with your dog on the couch is an opportunity for you to bond with your pet. But more than that, it allows you to get close enough and spot some health you may have missed. Your dog could be suffering from nail problems without you noticing it.
Here are five reasons cuddling sessions with your dog can help spot health problems.
Giving a paw massage
Cuddling with your dog on the couch is not just about stroking its fur. You can check for issues, such as paw problems, that may arise, especially when your dog has dewclaws, or referred to as the “dog’s thumb.”
Checking the Bumps
When you run your hand over your dog while enjoying some cuddling on the couch, you can catch some skin bumps that are not supposed to be there. It’s easy to miss those bumps on dogs with long hair, but when you pet your dog more often, you will be more aware of what’s on its skin or under the hair.
Eyes and Allergies
Do you take time to gaze into your dog’s almond eyes? When you enjoy a cuddling session with your dog, having eye contact with him lets you spot problems like allergies. The eyes can tell if your dog’s allergies are flaring up as it will be characterized by red-rimmed eyes under his hair.
When you give your dog a kiss, it’s easy to notice his stinky breath. You’d rather avoid smelling dog breath, but if you happen to smell something off, you know that something’s wrong. Bad breath can be a sign that your dog has oral problems like an infected tooth. At times, allergies causing sinus drainage can be the culprit.
Cuddling on the couch is a great way for you to check if your dog’s ears need to be cleaned. Take a peek inside and see if there’s excessive buildup of ear wax. Most dogs love to have their ears scratched.
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