So you got a new puppy with health problems. Okay, not the end of the world - if you now act right. Sadly, most dog owners don't act right. They somehow get into the routine to pay their chosen veterinarian year in and year out for vaccinations, medicaments and 'treatments' that they don't need but that actually harm their puppy!
Now, to understand and accept this point one may need to have the insight of genuine experts like in our Dog Expert Interview Series with Reviews, but as said most dog owners don't act right, they prefer to regularly waste a LOT of money on what harms their puppy, instead of investing a few dollars to learn from the best. Strange. They like to believe that their chosen ordinary vet "will do what is best for the dog".
- Your primary interest with a new puppy is to keep your puppy healthy, and so you visit "a veterinarian" (any veterinarian) in the hope of prevention and cure.
- The average ordinary veterinarian's primary interest is that you keep coming back. Regularly. Frequently. Ideally not just for $20 checkups, but with puppy health issues that "justify" the use of pricey equipment like x-ray, and pricey treatment like steroids, antibiotics, and vaccinations. Pricey in the long run, because all of these affect your dog for the rest of its life! The more you buy into, the more they affect your dog.
As already our primary interest is so diametrically different(!), how can we be so naive and just see "a veterinarian"?
Learning from the best of course affects puppy training and socialization too, but now you're looking at puppy health. So, do yourself and your new puppy and your bank account a BIG favor and study first some fundamentals before you send your new puppy to an average ordinary veterinarian!
Choosing the right veterinarian aside, puppy health also covers puppy food and exercise, heredity check, altering, treatment for worms and other parasites, one vaccination, and possibly a medicament to cure. But puppy health never comprises commercial kibble or tin food, dog walks purely to relieve, buying from unscrupulous "backyard breeders", neglecting dog care, vaccination "boosters", or medicaments to treat.
To do just that, study some fundamentals first, you may subscribe for free to the meanwhile world-renowned MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL. All mentioned topics are being covered in the Periodicals, and you even get a very simple and fairly short MyGermanShepherd Health Manual as welcome present! That's for a reason, and this too is FREE to you as well. So now you're left with no excuses whatsoever. Sorry!
In the MyGermanShepherd Health Manual study in particular the Introductory Notes. They are there for a reason too! And if you think "Why should I bother about all the points you mentioned above?", book the Dog Expert Interview Series with Reviews to learn what the world's Top experts are saying that every dog owner should know before getting a puppy.
I myself did study all the fundamentals before getting a puppy, and that's clearly reflected in My New Puppy Diary. So this may teach a lesson or two as well, indeed. Once you've studied that you may be saying: "This New Puppy Diary should come with every puppy". But it doesn't, because for that we must want to learn what's best for our new puppy.
Do you? Or do you merely want to solve your current puppy health problem? In that case see here The 31 Most Common German Shepherd Ailments and Treatments AT A GLANCE.
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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