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Working with an animal is more complicated than working with people. A person is able to say what his or her problem is; can describe a type of pain, etc. This is not possible with an animal, yet noticeable signs important for the selection of the product are more easily detectable in an animal than in man. A lay examination of the animal can also be performed relatively easily, and it will show differences from previous condition. Sometimes identification of a single symptom will do, followed by focus upon signs usually associated with this symptom. This is the principle of the Home Advisor program, which will guide you through such examination to the selection of an optimum product. First of all it is necessary to know what a breeder should focus on when checking up his or her animal.


Primarily, the breeder must be well familiar with the animal to be able to say what is normal and common for the animal, to have a standard as a baseline for identifying differences.


First of all, behaviour should be assessed. The breeder should note where the animal spends its time, whether it sticks to its usual everyday routine, how it responds to its surroundings, including the breeder. The animal's appetite and its changes of taste should be evaluated. The breeder should note the animal's posture – whether it might be crouching, limping, whether it might be walking stiffly, etc.


Further check-up will concern the quality of hair or skin, to see whether it might be bristled, mat, looking dirty, too oily and whether any skin alterations can bee seen on the skin. This will be followed by an inspection of the mucosa, to see whether there is any discharge, whether the mucosa is reddish or markedly white. Do not forget the eyes. Assess their brightness and see whether there might be a grey veil; reddish white of the eye has also its cause.


Notice the body surface, using palpation, to check for potential oedema, protrusions or, on the contrary, any depressions. Corpuscles in the musculature, mammary gland and hypodermis should be identified by palpation. Their consistency is important. It may be wood-like, dough-like, gelatiniform, and watery (like a plastic bag filled with water). The corpuscles identified under the skin or in muscles may also be lymph nodes. For this reason, symmetry is important for an amateur. Where the corpuscles are located at the same position both on the left and on the right hand side, they are sure to be lymph nodes.


Asymmetric corpuscles suggest impairment. Any disturbance in symmetry is suspicious. The same applies to the inspection of hair – symmetric hair loss is usually associated with the viscera, asymmetric with parasites or infection.


A much useful for our purposes, yet rarely applied method of examination is the detection of heat radiated from various parts of the body. First try to slowly run your hands along the animal’s body at the distance of 2 to 3cm. Where an inflammation is present, you can feel heat radiating from the affected part of the body. Where a degenerative condition is present, you can feel as if cold areas on the contrary. Following this distance examination you can put your hand on the body and in contact with the hair or skin you can detect warm or cold areas. It would not work the other way round. First a non-contact examination has to be carried out, as this information is even more important for our purposes, as the heat detected in this manner comes from the deep of the body and the surface temperature is altered only slightly. Only then the contact temperature is determined, which suggests rather a surface problem. That much for a general lay examination. Further materials will specify all of these symptoms in detail and with their specific associations with a rough diagnosis; you can also find these symptoms in the Home Advisor SW.


A long-term administration of the Pentagram concentrate products to gravid females without consulting a specialist is not advisable. These are recommended only for acute conditions, with administration not exceeding 3 days.