How to give your pet an MOT

How to give your pet an MOT

We recommend giving your pet a nose-to-tail check to check you everything covered! It is best to go to the vet for a check up if you notice anything unusual or you are concerned about.


Your pet’s nose should be:

  • Soft and moist
  • Clear and free from any discharge
  • able to allow them to breathe freely.

Consult your vet if your pets nose:

  • Is cracked or dry
  • Has any discharge
  • Sounds congested.


Your pet’s eyes should be:

  • Comfortable when open, clear and bright
  • Free from any tears or discharge and there shouldn’t be a lot of tear staining
  • The fleshy area around the eyeball (conjunctiva) should be salmon pink.

Consult your vet if they are:

  • Red
  • Sore
  • Weepy
  • Holding them closed/squinting.


Your pet’s ears should be:

  • A fleshy pink colour inside
  • Free of any nasty smells
  • Have no excessive hair or build up of wax
  • The ear flap should be flat.

Consult your vet if they are:

  • Smelly
  • Uncomfortable
  • Waxy or have any discharge
  • Swollen
  • Holding their ear down or tilting their head to one side
  • Scratching or shaking their head a lot.


Your pet’s teeth should be:

  • Clean and white
  • Free of cracks or breaks
  • Free of staining
  • Remember to check for any missing teeth.

Consult your vet if they are:

  • Broken
  • Missing teeth
  • Stained (a plaque or tartar build-up will look like dark staining around their teeth).


If your pet is not used to having their gums checked it may be best to consult your vet. Only if you sure you pet is  comfortable in doing so would we recommend you do this yourself.

Your pet’s gums should be:

  • A fleshy pink colour (although some pets will have darker pigments in their mouths, making their gums look darker. It’s best to check what’s normal for them)
  • Moist
  • Free of any lumps and bumps around their teeth.

Go to the vet if they are:

  • Swollen around the teeth
  • Pale or dry (this could indicate an urgent problem so call the vet straight away).


Your pet’s coat should be:

  • Free of knots
  • Free of any ticks, fleas, flea dirt or other parasites
  • Free of dandruff.

If you are concerned your pet may have parasites on their coat please consult your vet.


Your pet’s skin should be:

  • Free of any rashes
  • Free of lumps and bumps
  • Free of bald patches
  • Have no bad smells
  • Have no wounds, discharge or infections.

Consult  your vet if their skin is:

  • Sore
  • Itchy
  • Dry
  • Moist/wet in areas.

If you do notice any irregularities or lumps and bumps, we recommend  you consult your vet as soon as possible so they can make sure they aren’t harmful tumours.


Your pet’s legs should be:

  • Free from wounds
  • Able to comfortably support your pet getting up and sitting down
  • Free of lumps and bumps
  • Their nails should be strong, not too long and at no risk of growing into their pads.

Consult your vet if they are:

  • Struggling to get up and down
  • Can’t support their own weight
  • Limping
  • If they seem stiff
  • If any claws are broken or too long.


Your pet’s tail should be:

  • In a normal position for your pet
  • Able to move freely
  • Clean and free of any poop underneath
  • Have no sores on or around it.

Consult your vet if it is:

  • Hanging limp and not moving as it normally does
  • If there’s a build-up of poop underneath
  • If your pet is scooting their bottom
  • If your pet is chewing at their back or tail.
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