Health Tips For Your Black German Shepherd
A German Shepherd Dog (GSD) is one of the most fit and healthy dog breeds. However, they also need care to retain their health and to solve the few common problems that they face. The best provider of good health-care is an experienced veterinarian, but as an owner, you also need to be aware of some basic facts that help improve the health of your black German Shepherd.
Health of the Puppy
A puppy inherits not just genetic traits from its mother, but also any problem that the mother was facing. On the other hand, the mother’s milk is excellent for developing a new born puppy’s immunity, and is so for 8-10 weeks while it survives on its mothers milk. In short, the mother’s good health is directly responsible for the good health of the puppy. Therefore you should take good care of a dog before and after its pregnancy so that its puppies can be healthy too.
Selecting the Right Veterinarian
Selecting the right veterinarian is important for the long term health of your dog. Its preferable to select a veterinarian who knows about black German Shepherd dogs, so that he can diagnose any problems with your dog easily and treat them with his experience of handling such dogs. Its also desirable to go to the same veterinarian every time so that the dog and the vet can form a bond, that helps in many treatments where close contact between the vet and the dog is needed.
Heriditary Problems in GSD
Hip dysplaysia is one of the common hereditary problems found in black German Shepherds, and the GSD’s of other colors too. This problem can be detected before it becomes severe by using radiographs. Mild cases of hip dysplaysia do not need surgery, but severe cases might need surgical treatment. Severe cases may also be very debilitating for the dog, making it hard for it to move or walk. When the problem is very severe, or with older dogs, you have the option to go with total hip replacement.
Elbow dysplasia is another genetic problem commonly found in German shepherds. When suffering from this condition, the dog will develop lameness in front legs. The surgery required to fix this is much simpler than the surgery needed to fix hip dysplasia.
Degenerative myelopathy is another genetic condition commonly seen in mature German Shepherd Dogs. This problem results in ineffective control over the hind limbs. In severe cases, the dog loses control over the hind limbs.
Health Care for Older Dogs
Lack or reduced immunity in the older age makes the dog more susceptible to diseases and health problems. It is therefore advisable to see the veterinarian at least two times a year. The dog should also be protected from extreme cold or any other condition that cause stress on the dog. Older dogs also require less activity and exercise. However, they still need regular activities and exercises. Walking is one of the best exercises for older dogs. Care should be taken to only make them walk on soft surfaces such as grass.