Regular brushing with a firm bristle brush is recommended. Bathing should only be done when necessary. It is important to routinely check the ears and paw pads for debris. The English Pointer breed is prone to skin conditions, thyroid problems, hip dysplasia, and dwarfism.
New dog owners, much like new parents, often have trouble deciding when it is necessary to seek medical attention for their dog or new puppy. The most basic rule of thumb is, if your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet. When is it time to see the Vet?