Unique and FREE Dog Health Assessment Online! MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG has so much that no one else has - seen our DIY Dog Solutions Analysis?, our Dog Expert Interviews with Expert Reviews?, our Live & Multimedia New Puppy Diary?, seen the world's only Dog Training Toolkit? ... Oh my!
And here, try our Free Online DIY Dog Health Check right after these helpful explanations. Suitable for GSDs and physically similar breeds.
Being a free online health assessment based on your input data, and without seeing your dog for consultation, in the end it's a calculation of course, but the quality and amount of insight our unique DIY Dog Health Check provides may surprise you. Just make sure you enter data as precise as possible to get the most reliable results.
And use it frequently, whenever your dog changes. The more GSD owners use this FREE DIY Dog Health Check, the better its calibration.
Be aware that the scope of the results significantly depends on your input data. As a general rule, the healthier your dog (and/or the less data you enter) the shorter the results. That's like at a vet: ideally you get a mere "Your dog is fine" statement - but there, of course with a hefty price tag underneath! Conversely, if your dog is say underweight or too heavy, our Online dog Health Assessment will even give you dietary advice. Nice!
So that you know how to use it, next you see a couple explained dog health assessment example results, based on other dogs' input data. It really is that easy to use.
When you hover over any input field you will see helpful "tooltip" information as highlighted in the image (unless you use a suboptimal mobile device). When you've finished your inputs click the red Calculate HP button (Calculate Health Profile).
All results will depend on whether you enter 'f' or 'F' for female dog or puppy, or 'm' or 'M' for male dog or puppy. Only Gender, Height, and Weight are required inputs, the others are optional.
The info-icon next to 'Height' you can click. Then you see a page with an illustrated explanation how to easily and correctly measure your dog. This is critical to get accurate results, so don't treat that bit lightly: Most dog owners don't know how to measure their dog's height accurately, hence the linked page with an illustrated explanation.
The more input data you provide for your dog, the more results you will get! And the more accurate your input, the better the results!
The results will show up underneath all your input, they start with "Your GSD".
In addition to the surprisingly detailed results presented in text form, I also implemented for you a graphical representation how your dog or puppy compares to the German Shepherd "Breed Standard". Don't worry if your GSD is a Large Breed GSD (predominantly bred in the USA), this will be identified and considered as well. Very nifty, did I mention?
First you get your dog's weight and height in metric measures - because you enter them in pounds lbs and inch.
Next, you get a brief assessment whether your adult dog is at good weight. Note that we don't give a weight assessment for puppies as this would be unreliable since puppies develop very differently for the first 8 months! Also, intentionally we have implemented generous ranges for weight and height because it just doesn't make sense to lump together all dogs regardless of differences in other important factors that influence whether a dog is at good weight - as is so often done elsewhere! Another reason why we allow for much more input data.
Then you get the Breed Standard height and weight precisely for your dog or puppy, ie considering your dog's age if you input it. The implemented ranges for height and weight of GSD puppies at different age may need a bit more calibration, we can do this when all of you puppy owners have input puppy data too.
Below this comes the aforementioned graphical presentation how your dog compares (very cool!):The more distance between your dog (X) and the breed standard height and weight range (considering age if you input it) the more special is your GSD as compared to the breed standard...
Note that the display of height and weight under each other allows to see additional detail: eg in the example results here, both the dog's height and weight are above the GSD breed standard, but in terms of weight this dog is much closer to the breed standard, so this dog has an issue with weight compared to the dog's height - as confirmed by the weight/height ratio summary above: "Severely underweight".
Below the graphical representation may appear info on the Large Breed GSD if applicable (as was in the example above).
Then comes the Maintenance Energy Requirement (MER) in kcal per day, and to how much food this translates that your dog needs - subject to all your input data, not just weight and height (nifty again). Required food intake is calculated based on the dog diet we feed - and which your dog should get too in order to stay healthy so that you save money on vet consultations and treatments, part of which you better donate here for the benefit of more dogs.
Next follows dietary advice if your dog is severely underweight or severely overweight or obese (only then).
Then comes the Body Surface Area (BSA) in square inch - can be useful in some instances wherever you need to know roughly how much body space would need to be covered, or say some lotion be applied to.
Below this follows the Maintenance Water Requirement (MWR) in GSD-specific standard environment: Genetically, the GSD's metabolism is still close to the 'medium-cold' environment prevailing in Germany where this breed (and I) originate from. In other words, in significantly warmer weather - and subject to exercise regime - your dog will need more water intake to stay healthy.
Then comes the analysis of your dog's amount of daily exercise (if you input it). Naturally, the type of exercise also matters significantly, hence in the 'tooltip' of the exercise input field we say: "Running or Trotting (Sport or Work), not Strolling" (plain dog walk to relieve). Eg swimming counts, but when you simply walk your dog, that does not count as exercise for a GSD (or other herding breed).
The final results are about your dog's heartrate and respiration (breathrate) - if you input it. Both of these certainly require more calibration, but since we don't ask for this data when you subscribe... we have to wait for many more GSD owners to use our Free Online DIY Dog Health Check.
At the moment this input is only assessed based on the results of research that others have published, and this is very limited indeed. Unfortunately there isn't much GSD-specific research yet when you consider that the German Shepherd is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. That's why we are delighted to be able to contribute so much quality data on the global GSD population thanks to all of you who subscribe and input all your dog data.
To my knowledge this is the only comprehensive free online dog health assessment anywhere on the web! Certainly, in terms of its underlying methodology and hence the quality of its results it is second to none, because I with my academic methodological background developed it.
Very cool also is that from now, when you input your dog's data and click "Calculate HP" (Health Profile) the results are transmitted both onto your screen and back to the server to complement our global GSD database. Thus everyone's input will contribute to even better calibration for all results. For data cleansing reasons (dummy data from funny or spammy visitors) we will apply established statistical methods that shall help to generalize and cleanse all data before it is being used to derive any results.
The free online GSD Health Assessment ends with a call to action: "Improvement suggestions welcome" - because they really are: If you have an idea or plea what we should add or change in order to further improve the only comprehensive Free Online DIY Dog Health Check then please raise your suggestion below. Thanks.
Tim Carter - Founder MYGERMANSHEPHERD.org
Now enter as much data of your dog as you know: