German Shepherd Health


health manualGerman Shepherd health problems, symptoms, prevention, treatment, and remedies are fully covered in Tim Carter's concise MY GERMAN SHEPHERD Health Manual: The 31 Most Common German Shepherd Ailments and Treatments AT A GLANCE.

For copyright reasons, here on the site we only showcase a few excerpts from this invaluable Manual that is so crucial to every dog owner and handler.

However, as free subscriber to the free MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL you will receive a free copy of this concise German Shepherd Health Manual (which otherwise is on sale for $24.95).

What is not hyperlinked below, is in the MY GERMAN SHEPHERD Health Manual nonetheless:




19 Important Introductory Notes to the MYGERMANSHEPHERD Health Manual
1. German Shepherd Dehydration
2. German Shepherd Hip Dysplasia (Hip Deformity)
3. German Shepherd Elbow Dysplasia (Elbow Deformity)
4. German Shepherd Bloat or Gastric Torsion
5. German Shepherd Digestive Disorder (Gastroenteritis, Pancreatitis, etc)
6. German Shepherd Anal Infection (Perianal Fistula or Anal Furunculosis)
7. German Shepherd Panosteitis (Bone Disease)
8. German Shepherd Arthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease)
9. German Shepherd Ear Infection (Canker or Otitis Externa)
10. German Shepherd Eye Infection (Conjunctivitis, Chronic Mucocutaneous Candidiasis, etc)
11. German Shepherd Dental Disease or Gum Inflammation (Periodontitis, Gingivitis, etc)
12. German Shepherd Paw Thickening (Interdigital Cysts, Pyoderma, and Granuloma)
13. German Shepherd Hind Leg Weakness (Posterior Paresis, Paralysis)
14. German Shepherd Blood Disorder/ von Willebrand's Disease
15. German Shepherd Lumbosacral Stenosis (Cauda Equina Syndrome)
16. German Shepherd Bacterial Skin Infection (Dermatitis or Hot Spots)
17. German Shepherd Immune System Disorder (Hypothyroidism)
18. German Shepherd Epilepsy
19. German Shepherd Skin Allergies
20. German Shepherd Tumor (Malignant Neoplasm or Hemangiosarcoma)
21. German Shepherd Non-Infectious Eye Problems
22. German Shepherd Diarrhea
23. German Shepherd Degenerative Myelopathy (Degeneration of the Spinal Cord)
24. German Shepherd Heart Muscle Disease (DCM, SAS, Heartworm)
25. German Shepherd Obesity
26. German Shepherd Bladder Infection (Urinary Tract Infection or Cystitis)
27. German Shepherd Soft Tissue Trauma or Soft Tissue Damage
28. German Shepherd Diabetes
29. German Shepherd Vomiting
30. German Shepherd Kidney Failure or Chronic Renal Failure (CRF)
31. German Shepherd Kennel Cough or Infectious Tracheobronchitis
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Remember, you don't need to buy the MY GERMAN SHEPHERD Health Manual for $24.95 because as free subscriber to the free MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL you will receive a free copy of this invaluable German Shepherd Health Manual.

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    This book is brilliant!! I've only had it a couple of weeks and have referred to it quite a few times now for peace of mind! Fantastic thank you.


    I've registered for the periodical and get them e-mailed to me. What do I need to do to get a free copy of the Health Manuel?


      Nothing Amanda, you got it already: Click the link in the welcome email to download it to your computer.


    Thanks, a must read for all GSD owners/lovers!! Can't get enough of this kind of brainfood for my Heidi!

    ps...I just became an official MEMBER!!! and love the first interview straight away! All should do the same; well worth the pennies. Thanks again Tim, keep up the terrific work.


      Thanks Debbie, you got my email ;-)
      Just realizing, you posted here on GSD Health page, I always forgot to write it somewhere: The Interviews and Reviews actually cover pure health topics too, yes, it's not all training related.
      Although there is a mix in some Reviews anyway, the first purely Health Interview and Review will be #4. :-)

      I can't say much yet but I assume one couldn't even BUY that knowledge and information even if the dog owner visited (and paid) three different vets!
      Obviously without my Reviews that won't become apparent though.


    Some great tips and advice for treating skin conditions. Sammy has been to the vets several times but the treatment only lasts a short while. I will be trying your suggestions and hopefully Sammy will be on the mend soon. Thankyou



      I hope so too Teresa. Just keep antibiotics away, apply the antiseptic three times a day, and tell me how it goes.


    Hi Tim,
    Jedi is on antibiotics after contracting an intestinal virus he likely contracted from drinking free standing water in our yard. He really scared me because he stopped eating/drinking for two days, was totally lethargic, and had bloody diarrhea and vomiting. I really thought he may have contracted parvo. He is due to be vaccinated this week for parvo virus. Saturday I took him in and the vet diagnosed him with an intestinal virus and prescribed the antibiotics. He has had three pills so far. Dosage is twice a day for a week.I am hesitant to continue with them after reading one of your books on avoiding antibiotics. Do you think I should toss them or continue this prescribed regiment? Also, I was informed that GSD's have more sensitive digestive tracts and skin than other dog breeds. I didn't know that. I' m learning all the time. Thanks so much for all you do, it is much appreciated.



      No Jessica, DO finish any antibiotic treatment you started. Important! Explained in the books.


    Tim, I forgot to mention Jedai is 16 weeks, I know I posted his age to you on another area with a different question I had, but don't expect you to remember.



    Gotcha, thank you.


    How can I get the book on DM. My GSD was just diagnosed with it. I've read what was posted, but I'm very interested in the diet. I am also going to ask my vet about the medication. We live in Connecticut.
    Thank you so much.


    I love the info on this. I wanted to use it for my dog breed paper which is due jun 18th, but i need the date of publication and the doi , page numbers, for an apa paper.


      For scientific citation you need the URL and a footnote "Online resources are valid at the time of review, but they may have moved, changed, or disappeared since then."

      If your institution digresses from this standard, you can't use anything online (because next to nothing will have that).



    Here is our description: 5 y.o. GSD female, moved from MD to NC 3 years ago. Never had allergy issues until 18 months ago. Red inflamed skin, yeast infection in ears. Always on flea and tick meds. Vet gave antibiotics to break cycle - and recommended having her checked for allergies, we went to a place called Glacier Peak Holistic and had a DNA swab and tested.

    She came back allergic to every meat except pork and turkey, plus many grains, vegtables, and environmentals. We started feeding her 50% pork vegtables, and beans that she can eat, with 50% kibble of pork/butternut squash (from holistic vet recommend). She gained 7 pounds in 2 weeks, and her hair came back thick under belly, teats turned from black to natural pink. She never stops scratching but greatly diminishes. Wearing cone to minimize chewing. Spring hits and she is blown up again - hair everywhere, still wearing cone, cannot be left alone, once she is allowed to start licking, leads to chewing or scratching herself raw. She had dug so hard with her back legs she punctured her sides. She is forced to sleep beside me but wakes me 20 or more times a night. I do not know what else to do. She is on flea and tick meds and there are no fleas on her and we have looked. What is next?


    Great write-up of common dog health problems. Much appreciated.


    My pet's stool is loos most of the time, it also contains mucus. She doesnt like to eat suddenly but she is active. i am not able to understand what is happening to her. She is 50 days old germal shepherd.


      You will need to take her to the vet, Ankita. She's a very young puppy and you don't want to take the risk she has sth more serious. It MAY be entirely harmless, mine has mucous stool too every so often, BUT runny stool "most of the time", that is problematic. What's the smell like? The color? The frequency? What food?


    my 2 months old gsd had a problem walking his lower limb has weak dn some times he walk ang run normaly and some timea he stable ang defficult to stand

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