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Old 01-07-2014, 01:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First time GSD owner - health emergencies to watch for?

Hi all, I have my first GSD pup, he is 10 wks old. There is an overwhelming amount of info about potential GSD health problems and I don't want to give myself any more anxiety reading over it all, I am a worry wart. Can any experienced GSD owners give me a run down on signs and symptoms that I should watch out for? I don't want to accidentally overlook anything that could be an early warning sign just because I wasn't aware of it. For example - vomitting. When is it something to worry about? I don't want to run to the vet every time he throws up, but I also don't want to ignore any important signs. I have already read too much info and now am worried about all kinds of terrible things. Also, if anyone can recommend a vet in Central Florida that is especially knowledgeable about GSD that would be awesome!
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Old 01-07-2014, 07:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ive had few problem with my mine especially ear infections alot keep check on that

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Few things to keep an eye on. As loula mentioned, GSD are prone to eat infections. Since their ears are standing up, they have no defense against anything entering. Check some threads here, plenty of good recipes (Apple cider vinegar solution is one) that will help with the ear maintenance.

Sensitive stomachs affect an extremely small minority. Be cognizant of the food you plan on feeding. Again, check out the no-grain threads in the feeding my puppy section.

Hip/Elbow joints are something we all need to watch out for. The breed is known for having dysplasia. The growth period for GSD is rather long. The plates are actually open for a lengthy period. That being said, keeping your dog on the slimmer side early with healthy exercise (Limit constant running so as to not put unnecessary pressure on hips) will pay benefits later. Throw in some swimming when the weather warms up. That is a perfect exercise that does not involve any hard pounding of the elbow and hip joints.

Socialize your puppy early and often. Great idea that I've seen many people follow. Go to petsmart or your local, large pet store. Put the dog in the cart, and walk around the store. Get the puppy introduced early and often to people of all ages, other dogs.

Lastly, follow proper feeding instructions and do not worry every two weeks if your dog is a healthy weight or size. Some members here focus too much on worrying about if their pup is 0.3 lbs overweight or 3 MM shorter than expected height. They all grow differently.
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Hip dysplasia, sensitive skin, in some shepherds. bloat

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You always want to pay attention into vommiting. If your dog has been seeming off or getting lethargic go to your vet.

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Few things to keep an eye on. As loula mentioned, GSD are prone to eat infections. Since their ears are standing up, they have no defense against anything entering. Check some threads here, plenty of good recipes (Apple cider vinegar solution is one) that will help with the ear maintenance.

Sensitive stomachs affect an extremely small minority. Be cognizant of the food you plan on feeding. Again, check out the no-grain threads in the feeding my puppy section.

Hip/Elbow joints are something we all need to watch out for. The breed is known for having dysplasia. The growth period for GSD is rather long. The plates are actually open for a lengthy period. That being said, keeping your dog on the slimmer side early with healthy exercise (Limit constant running so as to not put unnecessary pressure on hips) will pay benefits later. Throw in some swimming when the weather warms up. That is a perfect exercise that does not involve any hard pounding of the elbow and hip joints.

Socialize your puppy early and often. Great idea that I've seen many people follow. Go to petsmart or your local, large pet store. Put the dog in the cart, and walk around the store. Get the puppy introduced early and often to people of all ages, other dogs.

Lastly, follow proper feeding instructions and do not worry every two weeks if your dog is a healthy weight or size. Some members here focus too much on worrying about if their pup is 0.3 lbs overweight or 3 MM shorter than expected height. They all grow differently.
This does actually sum it up.

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