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After your dog exercises outdoors, it is important to check him or her over for signs of injuries. A “tailgate inspection” helps to identify minor injuries before they become serious problems.

Put your dog on a tailgate or table to examine him. Be sure to check the following:

  • Eyes, to make sure they are free of debris
  • Inside of the mouth for puncture wounds
  • Body for cuts and tears
  • Footpads for abrasions
  • Coat for debris or grass awns
  • Ears, especially if the dog has been in the water

Checking your dog over each time you return from an outing allows you to identify and care for minor injuries that if left unattended could result in serious problems.