German Shepherds are great dogs not only for law enforcement work, personal protection and of course as that ever faithful family dog. However they can be very prone to several health issues. We will discuss those issues here so hopefully the dog you purchase will be healthy and live a long happy life.
Probably one of the most common and debilitating health issue that can be found in the German Shepherd is hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia is actually an abnormal joint structure in the hip.Continue reading
A few generations ago it wasn’t uncommon for a disease such as distemper to sweep through an area and decimate the local dog population. It wasn’t until the 1950s that a vaccine was developed for canine distemper. Likewise, parvovirus appeared in the 1970s and killed vast numbers of dogs before a vaccine was developed. Today we often take for granted that we can protect our dogs against these common killers but it wasn’t always so. Some people question whether or not dogs are being over-vaccinated today. It’s not an easy question.Continue reading
You may have wondered if your dog feels temperatures the same way that you do. Do they feel cold or hot weather the same way that people do? Sure they do! After all, your dog is a mammal, just like humans are. That means that your dog is able to regulate his body temperature, up to a point. But, after that point is reached, your dog is subject to feeling heat and cold like any other mammal.
The dog’s normal body temperature is 100.5-102.5degrees Fahrenheit or 39-39.5C, just a little higher than the human’s 98.6F or 36 degrees Celsius.Continue reading
Your pet is a part of your family and you want your family to be happy and healthy. Having a healthy pet will take some effort on your part. You’ll want to ensure that you follow those these 7 tips to help your pet stay healthy, happy and active.Continue reading
When you are visiting the vet it is important to decide exactly what to ask him just like you would a human doctor. Since your dog cannot tell you what’s wrong with her/him, it is up to you to voice her concerns. The next time you visit the vet for your dogs’ annual check-up be sure to ask the veterinarian the following 10 questions. We always write down questions before going to Dr. or Vet., you need to do that as you get older.Continue reading
If you are at all like me word of mouth is always a good way to find out about any type of company that is really good and offers great customer service. Well the same is true when it comes to finding a doggy day care for your best friend. Here are 6 things you should do and ask to make sure you have the right spot for your dog.Continue reading
Exercise in dogs maintains and improves muscle tone as well as burning calories to keep excess weight off. Both of these help in improving your senior dog’s quality of life. Just because your dog is a little older, it doesn’t mean that you stop exercising. The following are 6 exercise options for your senior dog.Continue reading
You should also avoid foods that contain the preservative ethoxyquin. This same ingredient is used in making tires. It’s not something that you want your dog to eat. Instead, look for natural preservatives such as Vitamin E, Vitamin C, citric acid and rosemary. These natural preservatives all have antioxidant properties and are healthier for your dogContinue reading
When it comes to the question “do dogs need a backyard” the answer is simple. A backyard would be nice however you don’t need to have a yard to have a happy well cared for dog. Let’s talk about it for a few minutes.
Certain small breeds of dog’s don’t really need much in the way of a yard because they spend most of their time inside and only venture out when it is time to do their business or to catch a little bit of fresh air or sunshine. In fact a lot of small dogs just do not enjoy the outside.
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