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LYNMAR POODLES & GERMAN SHEPHERDS

HEALTH CONCERNS IN THE GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG

LYNMAR POODLES & GERMAN SHEPHERDS
PUPPY APPLICATION
PUPPIES
AVAILABLE ADULTS
DAMS
SIRES
PHOTO ALBUM & OWNER TESTIMONIALS
RAINBOW BRIDGE
FINDING A GOOD BREEDER
HISTORY OF THE POODLE
WHY A POODLE?
GENERAL POODLE INFORMATION
MALE VS FEMALE
AKC COLOR CODES FOR POODLES
AKC COLOR CODES FOR THE GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG
BREED STANDARD FOR THE POODLE
BREED STANDARD FOR THE GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A HEALTHY PUPPY
CARING FOR PUPPY
HEALTH CONCERNS IN TOY POODLES
HEALTH CONCERNS IN THE GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG
INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL PARASITES
COMMON INFECTIOUS DISEASES IN DOGS
BLOAT (GVD)
CRYPTORCHIDISM (RETAINED TESTICLES)
HYPOGLYCEMIA
COPROPHAGY (FECES EATING)
POISONOUS FOODS, PLANTS, AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
CANINE CPR
DOG FIRST AID KIT
OTC MEDICINES SAFE FOR DOGS
AVOIDING HEAT INJURIES IN DOGS
PUTTING WEIGHT ON POODLES
POTTY TRAINING
BARKING
TO BREED OR NOT TO BREED
BREEDING/WHELPING INFORMATION
HAND FEEDING PUPPIES
CONTACT ME
LINKS

HIP DYSPLASIA (HD) -  

Is a malformation of the hip socket. This means that the bone dose not fit in the socket properly causing wear and tear on the bones. You will see lameness and horrible pain in this genetic (hereditary) disease. X-rays are take at age 2 or older to evaluate breeding stock to see if this disease is present. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) then look at the x-rays and assign the individual dogs a rating as to the quality of their hips. According to OFA guidelines the following ratings are ok for breeding stock: Excellent, Good, and Fair. Anything below these ratings means that the dog is dysplastic. Once a dog is given a rating that dog is put into their database for reference. A preliminary x-ray can be preformed at 1 year so as to get an idea of the condition of the hips. OFA will not put results of the hips into their database until the dog is x-rayed at 2 yrs or older after the dog is finished growing.

More information can be found at this site

http://www.offa.org/hipinfo.html

 
ELBOW DYSPLASIA -  is a developmental disorder of the bones of the elbow joint.  This disease is genetically caused and has varying degrees of severity.  Parents should be certified clear before breeding.
 
 
PROGRESSIVE RETINAL ATROPHY (PRA)

It causes a breakdown of the tissues at the back of the retina causing blindness. This is a hereditary diesease. You may see a cloudyness of the eyes resulting in cataracts. Dogs can be tested for this at local eye clinics by certified eye specialists. Dogs with this Disease should NEVER be bred.

More information can be found at this site

http://www.netpets.com/dogs/healthspa/pra.html  

or here at the CERF site

http://www.vmdb.org/history.html

 

EXOCRINE PANCREATIC INSUFFICIENCY EPI-

Is seen a lot in GSDs.  This disorder of the digestive system can be life threatening but it can be helped if treated with medication.

For more information on this disease please visit

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1580&articleid=331

INTERVERTEBRAL DISC DISEASE -  GSDs can often suffer from degenerative disc disease.  Dogs with this disease should NEVER be used for breeding.  GSDs can also in latter life develop degenerative myelopathy which is the immune system attacking the spinal cord.  It usually manifests itself in the hind legs and gradually weakens the body.

For more information please visit

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1828&articleid=418

 

SUB-AORTIC STENOSIS (SAS)-

This congenital birth defect can be found in GSDs.  It is a malformation the heart and the and blood vessels which surround it.  It usually results in overworking and weakening of one chamber of the heart as the heart works to compensate.

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1610&articleid=838

 

 

 Von Willebrand's Disease(vWD)-

Is a bleeding disorder a lot like hemophilia and can be devastating to the dog and your breeding program. There is a DNA test done to find out if your dog is clear or affected or if you dog is a carrier. If both sire and dam are proved clear there is not way they can produce puppies with this disease.

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1614&articleid=488

 

EPILEPSY-
This is a serious disease that causes your dog to have convulsions. Convulsions can be caused by many factors: injuries to the head, ingested poisons, or inherited genetic disease. Dogs with this condition should NOT be bred, no ifs ands or buts. The treatment is anticonvulsant medication. There is no test available for this disease.

This disease most commonly starts in dogs 2-3 years of age.

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1828&articleid=433

 

BLOAT (GDV)-
In this disease the stomach twists in on itself and causes air to be trapped. If this happens the blood supply to the spleen and liver may be cut off. This is an emergency situation and requires immediate veterinarian intervention. Symptoms include abdominal swelling, restlessness, vomiting and shock. There is no test for this disease. Bloat may have a genetic component. Deep chested breeds are susceptible to bloat.

For more information on bloat please visit http://www.peteducation.com

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Most of the information on my site is from my own views, opinions, or research that I have done. Where appropriate I have sited my sources and links to their sites. Do not take my opinions as that of a licensed vet. Any person that relies solely on my information does so at their own risk.