This comes from unpleasant experience of mine. One of my clients’ domain records (MX for the case involved) was mistakenly changed. While it was a human error and trying to fix humans is rolling the rock of Sisyphus,damage would be much lesser had I known about the change immediately . To take care of this side of the story I wrote awk one-liner that when invoked by cron compares SOA of the domain with the one saved locally in the file. If there is a discrepancy the mail is sent.
I tried to find more elegant solution on Google but found zillions of tools too complex for such a simple task.

awk ' BEGIN {"dig +short soa"| getline
getline SOA < ""
if (SOA_NOW != SOA) { print (" mail -c -s \"SOA of domain has changed\"") | "/bin/bash" }}'