If your dog can be handled, Oakwood staff will try their best to bathe the dog prior to their adoption so they smell better for you. Some dogs will leave the centre unbathed. These dogs will never have been bathed before so expect their fur to be greasy and a bit stinky. If their fur is dull and dry a balanced diet can improve this a lot. If you notice missing patches or abnormalities in coat, it is advised to get it checked out.
Some dogs have docked tails, some have barely any tail so feel along what ever the dog had. Any abnormalities report to your vet.
Lift the tail and have a quick glance for any abnormalities.
Any discharge or swelling should be looked into.
Feel down each leg in turn - some dogs may be wary of this so be careful. Expect to see old scars on their legs that have healed. Some dogs may have slight bow legs due to poor nutrition in utero. If you notice any abnormalities that are affecting your dog speak to your vet.
Check the tops of the paws and also check the pads. If there are cuts in the pad, skin missing, blisters or other abnormalities with the paw speak to a vet. Don't be alarmed if their pads are dry - you can buy some paw balm to moisturise their feet.
Dew claws are the claws a bit higher up the leg. They are usually selectively bred out of a dog, but Romania's free-breeding means most have dew claws, and even double dew claws! Check the length of the claws and ensure they have not grown into the pad. Book an appointment with the goomers if the claws are long.
A dogs claws are naturally ground down on pavements walks, if your dog is not walking it is likely they will grow longer. If you can hear the dog's nails tapping the floor as they walk it is advised that you take them to a groomers to get them cut.
If your dog cannot walk on a lead, please do not try to take them to a groomers. If your dog cannot be touched and has issues with their nails, please get in touch with us.