German Shepherd Dogs: What a Unique Breed!

Your dog is special! She is your best friend, companion, and a source of unconditional love. Chances are, you chose her because you like German Shepherds and expected her to have certain traits that would fit your lifestyle:

 

Loyal and easygoing with the people she knows

 

Protective; an excellent guard dog

 

Intelligent and easy to train

 

Highly active and eager to have a purpose

 

No dog is perfect, though, and you may have noticed some of these characteristics as well:

 

Overprotective of family and territory if not socialized properly

 

Aloof toward strangers

 

Needs to be exercised and groomed regularly

 

May be aggressive toward people and dogs

 

Is it all worth it? Of course! She has her own personality, and you love her for it.

 

Your German Shepherd’s Health

 

We know that you care so much about your dog and want to take good care of her. That’s why we’ll tell you about the health concerns we’ll be discussing with you over the life of your shepherd. Many diseases and health conditions are genetic, meaning they’re related to your pet’s breed. That doesn’t mean your dog will have these problems, but it does mean that she’s more at risk than other dogs.

 

Routine Care, Diet, and Exercise

 

Build your routine care into your schedule to help your shepherd live longer, stay healthy, and be happier during her lifetime. We cannot overemphasize the importance of a proper diet and exercise routine. Overweight German Shepherd dogs are more prone to cancer, back pain, arthritis, and other problems.

 

Here are some tips for caring for your German Shepherd:

 

Brush her coat at least weekly.

 

Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—we’ll show you how!

 

Brush her teeth at least three times a week.

 

Keep your dog’s diet consistent and don’t give her people food.

 

Avoid high-fat and high-sodium dog treats, such as pig ears.

 

Don’t let your dog chew on bones, ice cubes, hooves, or tennis balls.

 

Feed a high-quality diet appropriate for her age.

 

Exercise your dog regularly, and don’t overdo it.

 

What to Watch For

 

Give us a call immediately if you notice any of these signs in your shepherd:

 

Vomiting or chronic diarrhea

 

Weight loss or weight gain

 

Lumps, bumps, and moles

 

Lethargy, mental dullness, or excessive sleeping

 

Fearfulness, aggression, or other behavioral changes

 

Limping or lameness

 

Hair loss

 

Coughing or difficulty breathing

 

Episodes of weakness

 

Inability or straining to urinate

 

Cloudiness, redness, itching, or any other abnormality involving the eyes

 

Itchy skin (scratching or licking)

 

Change in appetite or water consumption

 

Scratching or shaking the head or discharge in the ear

 

Signs of bloat: retching or heaving (but nothing comes out), acting restless, pot belly, or lying in a prayer position (front feet down, rear end up)

 

Weakness in the hind legs

 

Discharge or bleeding from the anus, licking the anal area, constipation, or fecal incontinence

 

Sudden inability or unwillingness to jump, go up stairs, or walk

Professional Pet Care

Pet owners trust us to look after the needs of their beloved companions. We are specialists committed to delivering the very highest of veterinary care and affection.