Originally Posted By: BowWowMeow
I think you should contact the breeder just so they know what's going on with their dogs.
Also, there are a lot of well bred, expensive dogs on here who have had extensive health problems. German shepherds really do have an astounding number of health problems and our environment also contributes to those problems.
Ruth is right. There's only so much that can be guaranteed with living breathing creatures. I had one of these dogs. I controlled for everything I possibly could -- fed the best home-prepared diet, took him to the best specialists, managed his environment obsessively: all of this without any
regard to cost, which was very substantial in the end.
The bottom line is that GSDs are not known to be healthy dogs as a breed. Excellent breeders do everything they can to breed very healthy dogs. There are genetic diseases that may be controlled for with conscientious breeding. But there are many other syndromes and illnesses that may not have genetic components whatsoever. There are no guarantees.
I think you should keep your breeder in the loop, not necessarily because there is blame here. I don't know your situation enough to comment either way. But a good breeder imo, cares about their puppies and how they're doing.
As for what's wrong with your dog, it may take a second opinion, or a third. Keep searching. There is an answer there somewhere.
Health issues are difficult. You may wish to post specifics about the health case in the Health forum. There are some very knowledgeable, experienced members that frequent that section of this board. You may get good info to lead you in a new direction.