What should you look for in a pet? It’s relatively simple. Start with a cursory examination. Look at the animal’s coat. Is it shiny? Or dull and flaky? Are there any abrasions or sores on the skin? Are there any bald spots visible? Watch the pet move around. Does he bear equal weight on all four legs or does he limp? All pups and kittens are a little clumsy and hop around, so don’t mistake normal juvenile ambulation for orthopedic problems.
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Gently feel the top of the head. Is there a soft spot? Unlike soft spots in human babies, this defect in the skull may not close as the puppy or kitten grows up. Look at the eyes-are they clear or bloodshot? Do the eyes have a discharge?
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