Dog Health

Dog HealthSo you've got an adult dog, and a problem with the dog's health?

MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG has its own Health Manual, short & simple, and to the point. Although this Manual's Introductory Notes are considered required reading for every dog owner, from the frequent HELP! requests sent in (like that, yes) we know that most dog owners haven't even seen these life-saving Introductory Notes, because then the dog owners wouldn't be worried for their dog's health, and sometimes for their dog's life!

Therefore, again let's spell out THE TWO MOST ESSENTIAL POINTS here:

  1. Choose the right veterinarian, a holistically educated veterinarian, not an average ordinary allopathic veterinarian who primarily studied pharma-industry-sponsored courses! For a long list of reasons, a truly holistically educated veterinarian you will rather find in an animal hospital than in a vet practice. A truly holistically educated veterinarian will not prescribe lab medicaments in general, and antibiotics, steroids and NSAIDs, and vaccination "boosters" in particular, neither as "prophylaxis" nor to "treat" your dog! A truly holistically educated veterinarian will only ever prescribe a lab medicament if it is known to cure a particular disorder or disease identified in your dog. Because these genuine veterinarians look for the CAUSE of a health issue before even considering any "treatment". Accordingly, you won't need to come back to them with follow-up health issues.

  2. Only feed natural fresh human-grade homemade foods, NO commercial waste products from rendering plants! Only human-grade foods, because only these are subject to food standards that can be and are being enforced. While when you buy commercial pet food, you are relying on the manufacturer's marketing. And the money you spend, you actually pay them for their marketing! Because the "food" input cost of "premium brand dry kibble" is infinitesimal - like $0.09 per pound or $0.20 per kilo, while you pay an average $4.03 per pound or $8.88 per kilo on "premium brand dry kibble" at the presumably overall cheapest source! Now you know what you really pay for. Ask yourself: "Do I want to spend my money on the pet food industry's marketing?!?!?"

Only you know the answer.

And what if you weren't looking for overall helpful information like this, but for information on a specific health issue? Then remember that the 31 most common German Shepherd ailments are discussed here. And that the Manual's Introductory Notes are considered required reading for every dog owner. ;-)

Or were you looking for a certain dog health remedy? Then you may find what you need in our dog health remedies table. Remember that what you need is not necessarily what you are looking for at the moment...


Note that every key point raised above you can find more comprehensively explained in other places on this website. Here, links have been omitted only to keep this decision tree straightforward.

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PLEASE NOTE: Posting a fragment of your overall dog problem in the comments below is not going to help. Provide complete details if you really seek the right solution. Of course we have a page for that as well: Dog Problem Consultation.


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    Hi I own a GSD dog for last five years we are veg. and I have feeded my dog with supplements from shop and curd rice, suddenly now dog have got limping in left leg could some one tell me the rescue way for this


    My 117 pound male GSD seems to "slip" sometimes when he runs on the carpet. I was just running around the house with him and he slipped 2 times in a row and it doesn't seem normal to me. He doesn't seem like he's in pain, but I want to stay ahead of any problems he might have. Thank you.


      My German Shepard slips on the wood and when she stands to eat she can't so she needs to lay down and it's not age but I'm worried about her I'm just a kid and I'm sad


    Hi Tim,

    I have another question. Why is it now considered an executable offense to keep your GSD outside?



    Hi my GSD is 1 yr old , and he's Been shedding a lot of hair on both back sides of his body but he doesn't have bald spot to where you see his skin he just has shorter growing fur , he's up to date on shots. We brought him a girl. Fried GSD for couple weeks then she was gone so I don't know what happened since this happened after the fact she left & it's the first time the hair loss happens and the first time he has a friend over, he usually shares and lives with my baby 2 yr old chihuahua but they get along great , they were raised together and are inseparable,, I'm just worried it's my first time having s GSD. What should I do,? To help? O and he does not like can food so he only its treats , dry food,.... And 1 more question? What's the best food to feed GSD???? Thanks


      "he's up to date on shots" - that's your problem then. Better study our vaccination periodical again, ASAP!
      "What's the best food to feed GSD????" - I wonder, have you read here anything at all?


    I have a 7 year old german shepherd, for the last 3 years he has been battling severe skin allergies, the vet has given him antihistamene, anti fungal medicine, antibiotics, last we did an allergy blood test to see if we can pin point what the allergy is, nothing. The skin under his arms and legs is black and has lost hair there and the skin is very thick. His chest is now loosing hair and the black thick skin is staring to develop. He also has like a cheesy smell. Do you recommend anything for this condition? We have changed foods several times, no grain, now no grain one protein...according to the blood work he is not allergic to foods....would love to hear your recommendation. Thank you!!


      "would love to hear your recommendation": you have ruined your dog's immune system with all those lab meds recommended by your vet. :-(
      IF at all, the only way to reverse that, and have hope for immune system repair, is to AVOID all that vet crap and food crap.
      ONLY feed what we advise for good reason, all the time, on countless pages, on site and in books. And ONLY see genuine holistic vets. Such vet will never prescribe "antihistamene, anti fungal medicine, antibiotics"!
      You can learn in my books WHY it is bad "advice" that you got - and what you PAID for.

      Subject to how ruined your dog's systems are, it may take 8 weeks to see improvement now - or never.

      Why can't people READ what we write BEFORE they do things all wrong?!


    Thanks for the information. I wish I would have known about your website before, I definitely will be doing a lot of reading in the next couple of days and make a definite change with the food and vet.

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