German Shepherd health is a very critical issue.
German Shepherd health is one area over which you have a lot of control.
Long prized for its elegance, intelligence, loyalty, versatility and working abilities, the GSD can be a very stoic animal that will play and work hard through a lot of pain and not easily show any underlying health problems.
It often takes a sharp and observant owner to know whether or not his or her dog is suffering from any type of pain or illness.
There is no reason any German Shepherd should suffer from any pain, disease or illness. It is the owners responsibility to keep the dog in great condition and healthy by:
feeding him a good and healthy diet,
brushing his teeth often as possible,
grooming him regularly
and giving your dog plenty of exercise and attention to keep him healthy.
Another way of keeping tabs on your German Shepherd Dog's health is by performing a
weekly home German Shepherd health exam.
This will help you spot many of the common German Shepherd health problems before they become serious. This will also make you very aware of your GSD's body and easily help you detect any changes that may happen over time due to injury, disease or any kind of
dog related emergencies.
The best way of taking care of your German Shepherds health is by taking your dog to the veterinarian regularly. Make sure your GSD receives regular physical and health examinations and is current on all its vaccinations and worming schedule.
Finding a veterinarian that is familiar with GSD Health Problems and with dealing with all the hereditary diseases that affect our breed is an excellent idea, such as von Willebrands Disease. Not all veterinarians are as familiar with German Shepherd health issues as they might be with other dog breeds.
Routine vet exams will include a check of your German Shepherds eyes , heart, lungs, ears, mouth, teeth and coat as well as any lumps, bumps, cuts or bruises that the dog may have. Associate veterinary visits with a positive experience and it will make future doctor visits much easier for your German Shepherd puppy. Another good thing to consider for your German Shepherd, dog insurance .
It is also a good idea to take your new German Shepherd puppy or dog to the veterinarian for occasional "social visits" just for them to see that going there does not have to always a bad thing. Both your German Shepherds health and socialization are very, very important.
Check with your vet and his staff to "schedule" a time to visit that is not too busy. The GSD pup can have both a positive and healthy experience by going there - meeting the staff, meeting other dogs and owners to socialize with, etc.
Keep in mind not to introduce your dog to truly sick animals, however, since you do not want to make your healthy German Shepherd puppy ill.
Below is a list of various health disorders and diseases specific to the German Shepherd Dog. GSD emergency topics and GSD First Aid Kit Ingredients (a very good idea to keep on hand, just in case) are listed as well. You should become aware of each health condition as a GSD owner in relationship to your puppy or German Shepherd Dogs health.
One thing I can suggest to you without hesitation is to get a
dog first aid kit
if you do not have one already. I hope you never need to use it however, if you ever need the contents of the kit and don't have one it can be really bad so save yourself and your dog the headaches and go ahead and get one asap. In the future we plan to add more detailed information covering several of the German Shepherd health related topics common to our breed listed below as well as other health related illnesses so please check back often.
Common Household Dog Toxins
How to Clean Dog Teeth
Cleaning a Dogs Ears
Bloat requires immediate veterinary care
Is My German Shepherd Dehydrated?
Is My German Shepherd Sick
Treating Your Itchy German Shepherd
Treating Pain In Your GSD
Spay and neuter your GSD
Grapes and Raisins Are Toxic In Dogs
Protect your Dogs During the Cold Winter Months
Coprophagia in Dogs
Degenerative Myelopathy in the GSD
Arthritis in the GSD
Kidney Disease and Your GSD
Annual Fecal Exams Are Highly Recommended
Canine Distemper and Your German Shepherd
Parvovirus and Your Dogs
Epilepsy in German Shepherds
Bloat and the GSD
Canine Demodetic Mange
Panosteitis Explained in the GSD
Herbs for Your Dog
Fecal Exams & Deworming Schedule
Treating Hot Spots in Your German Shepherd
Fly Bites and Your GSD
Tick Control on Your German Shepherd
Heatstroke and Your Dog
Poisonous Foods And Your Pets
How do you get rid of skunk odor?
Holiday Hazards and Your GSD
How Old Is Your Dog, Really?
Worm Transmission in the GSD
EPI and Your German Shepherd's Health
Hip Dysplasia and the German Shepherd
Is my female GSD in heat?
Cancer News for Your GSD
Aging and Your German Shepherds Health
Safe, Effective Flea Control for Your GSD
Dog Wheelchairs - GSD's in carts
Canine Zoonoses: Diseases and the GSD
Pet Hotline Information
Return from German Shepherd Health to Flea Products
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