Guidance on dealing with health issues in the German Shepherd.

Feeding your German Shepherd puppies and dog

Hello GSD lovers

I just posted a new youtube video on feeding instructions for German Shepherd puppies and dogs.  It has some helpful advice and some warning about feeding your new puppy and dog.

Please take a look at it on our growing instructional video webpage. (click here).

I hope these videos are useful. Please blog me back if you have been helped by them.  Your feedback is important.

Feeding is an area that can be a real issue if not dealt with correctly.  Overfeeding and free-feeding are just two issues.  If you have any other questions please blog me and I will answer.

My goal is to make your life with your German shepherd as enjoyable as possible.

German Shepherd puppies owners CAUTION-HIPS

 

Hello German Shepherd puppies lovers:

This is Dr. Banfe.  In this blog post I would like to help you with one of the most ubiquitous concerns for German Shepherd breeders and owners, hip health.  First of all, according to the OFA, hip dysplasia for dogs breeds range from 72% for the bulldog to 0% for the Italian greyhound.  In the US the German Shepherd used to be a poster child for dysplasia.  But recognition of the problem has led to a marked decrease in this problem in the breed.  Currently the German Shepherd is at 19% (number 40 of all breeds listed).  This means that your German Shepherd puppy in the US has a 19% chance of having bad hips.

Good news is that the Germans, with their rigorous systemic approach have reduced hip dysplasia to less than 10% – I have heard as low as 7%.  So getting German lines will dramatically reduce the incidence of hip dysplasia in your German shepherd.  You see, the Americans do not require dogs which are bred to have had hip xrays and certifications.  The AKC does not keep any records of a dog’s health.  However the SV in Germany requires hip certifications and accurate records are kept in order to sanitize the gene pool of this crippling condition.  And, they have a central orthopedic clearinghouse for just German Shepherd hip xrays, a specific group which has the responsibility for supervising the review of hip xrays and certifications.  Whereas, from what I understand, the OFA handles all breeds and rotates xrays out to any orthopedic veterinary expert who is currently working within the OFA system around the country.  So the German system leads to more consistency.

Years ago the Germans also instituted the ZW system on top of the HD and ED (elbow) system.  This statistic reflects the probability of that a dog will pass hip dysplasia on to its progeny.  Although in Germany  I have heard reports of cheating to improve these stats for a specific dog, such as not reporting puppies which had the condition, overall the rigorous German approach to hip dysplasia has been quite effective.  A good rating would be less than 100.  But for certain the sum total of a pairing should not equal more than 200.  For example, my new female Ussa vom Suentelstein has a ZW of 80 and my Parla vom Fiemereck has a ZW of 74.  So they have low probability of passing bad joints to their progeny.  They could be matched with a male of over 100, although we never would.

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In the next blog post, I will discuss your German shepherds puppies’ hips, some do’s and don’ts and some timing issues regarding formation of the hips.

 

German Shepherd Puppies lovers: See our K-9 College

 

 

 

Check out the K-9 College at Banffy Haus German Shepherds:

German Shepherd puppies lovers, please visit our k-9 college.  I have taking a lot of time to reveal many of the tricks German Shepherd breeders know about so many issues such as taping ears, correcting jumping, clipping nails, feeding etc.  There is even a great page of must have resources regarding your German Shepherd.  I put on a new article on toys also which I hope will be of help to you.

My goal is to make your life with your German shepherd puppy as safe and enjoyable as possible.  I have spent many years accumulating this info and want you to have it.  Please also see all the other useful resources.  For me an informed buyer is the best buyer.

Please use this free resource.  It is a pleasure to share it with you, my fellow German Shepherd puppies owners and German shepherd breeders.

German Shepherd Puppies: HEALTH WARNING-Parasites-Coccidia

Hello,

This is Dr. Banfe with another blog entry for all you German German Shepherd Puppies owners or aficionados.

Just a health warning to make certain nothing happens to your new puppy.  Coccidia is a common parasite which lives in the walls of the intestines of dogs, but more so in puppies.  When a puppy leaves its litter and mom, this can be a stressful experience.  Due to this stress the intestinal tract of the puppy can become overwhelmed by the parasite, causing diarrhea.  Then it must be treated to remove the infection.

If this happens with your puppy, do not take it lightly.  A puppy can lose a lot of liquid through diarrhea and become dehydrated quickly.  If your puppy is expelling completely liquid stool for a good deal of time, you can pinch the skin on the back of the neck gently, and when released if it does not return quickly, the puppy is likely dehydrated.   The skin has lost its elasticity.

If you notice the liquid has red flecks, you need to get the puppy in to the vet as soon as you can as the puppy may die within the next few hours if you do not .  The vet can immediately administer fluidd subcutaneously (under the skin) to provide the life sustaining rehydration.

Please visit our newest import litter at VA1 Fred/V Ussa to see a truly world class pairing.

I hope this is of use to you German Sheperd puppies owners and German Shepherd breeders alike.

 

German Shepherd puppies: Health and Cleanliness

Hello German Shepherd puppies lovers:

This is Dr. Banfe.

 

I would like to write this blog to address a couple of important issues about German shepherd puppies and puppy development.  Here at Banffy Haus German Shepherds we take a holistic approach to puppy development.  Our approach addresses four separate areas.

The first is health and cleanliness.  We think that puppies can benefit from early intervention in these two areas.  First, we us a plastic whelping box to inhibit spread of germs to the newborns and growing pups.  We also use ceramic tile and epoxy group in the nursery which inhibits the growth of bacteria.  It is also easy to clean and liquid body waste cannot penetrate the group or ceramic tile to create a harbor for bacteria growth and mold.  We then use painters fabric drop cloths (4 x 15 cut into three 4×5 pieces and available at Lowes) for the surface layer for the puppies.  It absorbs urine and mom can still clean up the feces easily.  Also, these are thrown into the garbage after use and can be changed quite often.  We have a 4×4 piece of fairly rigid plastic which fits into the box onto which we tape the sheet. The cost is reasonable, especially considering you are breeding world class pups.  We also use a biodegradable zoo disinfectant to mop the tile and clean out the plastic whelping box.  I will address other issues in the next blog.

Please visit our newest import litter at VA1 Fred/V Ussa to see a truly world class pairing.

I hope that this blog might be a help to owners of German Shepherd Puppies as well as German Shepherd Breeders.

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Warning German Shepherd Puppies Owners: The Overuse of Medication by Vets

Hello Everyone who loves German German shepherd puppies:

This is Dr. Banfe.

I am so tired of hearing about vets treating every pimple, scab, scrape, cut, earwax etc. with antibiotics.  Also, we innoculate dogs with everything under the sun, mumps etc.  It is tragic.  And with the complicity of our veterinarians we pump medication into dogs too early and too often.

Can’t we see what this has done to human children.  The over-use of antibiotics in humans seems to be correlated with auto-immune problems later in life as children’s own systems, like puppies, never develp the ability to ward off infections.

I have the utmost respect for veterinary medicine, and these dedicated professionals.  However, I think we need to be vigilant and understand that vets will more than likely take the least risky (at least in the short-term) protocol.

I highly recommend you work with your vet.  Tell them you will keep a close watch on anything suspect to make certain you treat it before it gets out of hand, when infection is beginning to set in.  Also, tell him/her you would like to take apply the minimal innoculation protocol to your dog.  Please visit our newest import litter at VA1 Fred/V Ussa.

I hope all you who love your German Shepherd puppies, will consider this astute advice.