German Shepherd Dogs are great companions to have as they will quickly realize who the leader of their pack is and obey without a sign of hesitation.
The German Shepherd Dog has been noted as the most recognized and one of the most respected dog breeds out there.
They are hard working dogs and fearless in the face of any obstacle. Originally they were bred to herd sheep and to protect farmer's livestock from unknown predators, but they soon became even more useful in (World War 1) when they started to serve as Police Dogs and even help the Red Cross workers.
Now these dogs are used worldwide as fearless police officers, they are used to search for and rescue people who have been buried under fallen rumble, they make excellent guide dogs for the blind, and are great household protectors.
Dog First Aid is important when it comes to any breed and looking out for early symptoms or health conditions can help slow or prevent a disease from getting worse.
German Shepherd dogs have a high risk of hip dysplasia due to their long genetic line of inbreeding. Hip dysplasia is when the thigh bone does not have a tight fit in the hip socket and the hip socket tends to be abnormally deformed which causes friction to the joints.
This disease is extremely painful to the dog and commonly causes arthritis if it goes unnoticed. Usually the dog will seem a little stiff in the legs or be reluctant to walk. As there is no real preventive method for hereditary diseases, the only thing you can do is x-ray your dog for the disease when their legs start acting funny.
German Shepherds have beautiful ears, but because they are so large and exposed, they have a high chance of getting ear infections. Dogs with hair inside of their ears are prone to these infections as well. A dog that scratches its ears can be perceived as normal and natural, but if he or she does it too often it should be a sign of worry.
Dogs will often try and rub the insides of their ears on the corners of furniture or tables to get rid of the itch. They often do this quite roughly, which can cause the insides of the ear to bleed. If you look into the dog's ear you will be able to see some obvious gunk that should not be there.
Another sign that there is an ear infection is when the dog starts to scratch not their ear but underneath their belly. If the ear infection goes unnoticed the German Shepherd's pointy ear can collapse due to the excess amounts of scratching and in very extreme cases the insides of the ear start closing off and the dog will become deaf.
Taking the dog to the vet for proper medicine is essential and often times if the dog has an infection once, it will be a reoccurring one. The vet will provide preventive medication, which needs to be given daily or every other day.
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