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Old 12-14-2013, 05:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Poor guy on antibiotics again.
Vet said it's common for german shepherds to get alot of infections and poop issues. He said he thinks Max' issues stems from bad breeding. I am upset. We bought him from a reputable breeder. He is a very sweet dog and we love him regardless. It's just annoying.
My question is- is chronic poop issues and infections common in german shepherds and do they improve in health with age? Thanks.
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Old 12-14-2013, 05:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I can't really answer your question however, our last one had a problem with infections in the anal glands. Sorry, I can't remember the technical name etc. She was on antibiotics a couple times. Eventually, she got over it and never had another problem. The vet said that was pretty typical with Shepherds. She never said it had anything to do with the breeding.

I hope that gives you some hope....
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Old 12-14-2013, 05:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i don't think it's common for GSD's to get a lot of infections
or have poop issues. maybe you shoud get a second opinion.

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Poor guy on antibiotics again.

>>>> Vet said it's common for german shepherds to get alot of infections and poop issues. He said he thinks Max' issues stems from bad breeding.<<<<

I am upset. We bought him from a reputable breeder. He is a very sweet dog and we love him regardless. It's just annoying.
My question is- is chronic poop issues and infections common in german shepherds and do they improve in health with age? Thanks.
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Old 12-14-2013, 05:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Infection of what? What kind of poop issue? What kind of food are you feeding?


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Infection of what? What kind of poop issue? What kind of food are you feeding?


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I think if you could answer these questions, we all could make some suggestions.

What EXACTLY does this dog put in his mouth every day....food (dog and human), treats, bones, supplements?

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Old 12-15-2013, 01:18 AM   #6 (permalink)
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There does seem to be a lot of gastrointestinal issues with GSD's. Was your dog actually diagnosed with a specific infection, or did they give antibiotics to be on the safe side? I had a lot of issues with Ditto having diarrhea, vomiting, and even the occasional bloody diarrhea. This went on for a long time where every month or so she would have a few bad days. My other dog had a positive whip worm fecal sample and we gave all of the dogs panacur and she has been fine since. The whip worm doesn't always show up in testing (they say you can have 10 negatives and the 11th test shows up positive) and not all dewormer gets rid of the whip worms. Just a possible consideration.
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My dog never had "infection issues", but he did have loose stool/diarrhea issues. Now that he's 2.5 yo he does seem to be much better on that topic.
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You would be surprised at the positive changes that can happen with a good diet .
DIGESTIVE enzymes will help that digestion .
Even something as available as Prozyme .
PROBIOTICS will counter what antibiotics have robbed him.
they need to go together . The former to break down whatever good food you are giving him. Very important to have a good base food -- not some cellulose grain , chemical loaded kibble .
Probiotics then will help absorb and distribute the nutrition.

Anti biotics have their place . At the same time when misused they can create resistant strains of bacteria which are evolving all the time .
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Thank you all. We found a new home for Max, he is in great hands.

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I hope they take care of his problems.
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