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Rescue Dog Health

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Rescue dog health problems are considerably rarer than health problems of non-rescues at the same age. idea

  • But a rescue dog and a non-rescue dog both are a dog. Right?
  • And it's not that the healthier dogs are given to shelters, and dog owners keep their sick dogs. Right?

Right. And so the only explanation we can think of is:

1All shelter dogs get altered, while the majority of non-shelter dogs don't. Both the subsequent lack of roaming and subsequent lack of intimate contacts of altered dogs drastically reduce all types of sickness: disease, disorder, and defect:

  • Less roaming means less scavenging and less stepping on contaminated soil, which helps to avoid all types of parasites and pathogens: bacterial, viral, fungal, and protozoan.
  • Less roaming also means less accidents and concomitant conditions.
  • And the lack of intimate contacts obviously avoids a myriad of consequential diseases and disorders, both acute and dormant.

2Shelter staff overall don't subject their dogs to the foolish over-vaccination frenzy and blanket medication "treatment" of mere symptoms!

They are better educated as regards dog health, and so they call in a veterinarian only when needed, not when the veterinarian is sending out those unethical, useless, harmful reminders "your dog's vaccination booster is due" in order to fund his next Porsche or whatever. idea


3Shelter dogs obviously have to deal with a lot more attacks on their health from the living conditions in the kennel than the average dog in a private home.

It is this daily practice of all of the dog's body defenses to tackle parasitic and pathogenic infections that makes rescue dogs more resilient, both physically and emotionally.

The more a dog can routinely cope with, the less affected (s)he will be by sickness and stress and more sickness.

These three must be the reasons why generally when you get a rescue dog, you get a healthier dog.

The mistake that many adopters then make: They think "We've got to catch up on a lot of vaccinations and treatment with supplements and medication".

And as their average ordinary allopathic vet obviously won't object to dog owners desperate to sign a blank credit card slip. rolleyes

And promptly they bring down the rescued dog's health rather quickly. Instead of improving on it further, see next.

The one area where you as rescue dog owner can further improve and perpetuate the dog's health is dog food: Understandably kennels have no opportunity to prepare homemade dog food, and few shelters can arrange free food supplies from sponsors.

In fact the problem is that sponsored "foods" often are the expired lots of the cheapest and worst lots.

So when you start your rescue dog on healthy homemade food then that's the best by far that you can do to help cure any current health problems and to prevent future health problems.

Now, if you are facing a specific health issue with your rescue dog at the moment, note that we have addressed the 31 most common German Shepherd health issues in the MyGermanShepherd Health Manual.

In addition, rescue dog health problems like everything else get addressed in the MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL - which you may subscribe to for free here.

And in case you are looking for some health remedy, you may find it on our dog health remedies page here.

So you see, the Cynology Hub MyGermanShepherd.Org has you covered in every regard!


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