A Healthy Puppy
Want to know if your puppy is healthy? First look at it's environment...is it clean? Is the mother in good health (don't go by coat as all bitches blow out their coat when nursing and look pretty skanky!!). Mom shouldn't be too thin, and though her hair may be short, it shouldn't be patchy or look too dry. Mom and pups eyes should look bright, not runny or cloudy. Mom and pups feet should be neatly trimmed and she shouldn't have too many coat blowing tufts (she may not be too cooperative about grooming, after all she's a busy girl, but there should have been an effort made!).
Unhealthy Puppy Signs
Puppy Teeth and Bites
Puppies will sometimes fail to lose their baby or first set of teeth. Often this is the large canines. If these teeth are not lost before 5-7 months of age they prevent the adult teeth from coming in correctly. Crowding occurs pushing the adult teeth too far forward. Improper bite not only affects chewing, but it also affects the natural cleaning action of the teeth as they are used chewing rawhides and (safe) bones. In Malamutes, a correct bite is where the front teeth fit tightly over and in front of the bottom teeth - they should mesh together perfectly. Common problems are "overshot" or buck teeth, and "undershot" where the lower teeth are in front of the top teeth. Neither is correct. If baby teeth do not come out on their own by 6 months of age, it is best if they are removed by your veterinarian.
You wouldn't think of puppies having a language but they do! Even as newborns different squeals can mean very different things if you take the time to pay attention. There is the "can't find the nipple" whine....the "I'm hopelessly lost" cry....the "I'm hungry looking for a nipple" fuss...the "why isn't this nipple working" grunt.....the "Help mommy is sitting on me" scream....the "I'm getting chilled" cry....and more. I don't know if this is true of all dog breeds, but after having slept next to many moms with newborns I'm beginning to tell the difference and they ALL do it. Wouldn't it be cool if WE had a universal language like that?