Thats a great looking puppy. I have a Shepherd thats about 4 years old now. I dont know if your 'German Shepherd' smart or not, but if not, please for the love of god do this: Take him to the vet tomorrow and have his hips X-rayed. At 6 months and below they can determine if he/she is going to have hip displasia (sp?) and correct it for about $100.00 and a simple surgery (they zap the growth plates in the pelvis so they stop growing - which is the problem with American G/S's and why there is such a displasia problem here from over breeding). I didnt know this when I got mine, and now at 4, he is looking at total hip replacement. It got to the point that he could barely walk and the vet said I might want to put him down. Now he's on pain meds twice a day to manage it and suplements in his food to help with the joint fluid. His hips will never get better, but the suplements create extra fluid in his joints to help out plus the pain meds help manage it. Even if the person you bought him from said his parents were both checked and good to go, get him X-rayed. Also, I highly recommend putting him on Science Diet Large Breed puppy food. When he's old enough put him on the adult Large Breed. Im a "purina man" but found out that purina and cheaper "walmart brands" dont have nearly the nutrition that large breeds need. Sorry for a long post, but I love my dog so much that it seriously breaks my heart that he had such problems. He is good now, because of the medicine, and I have insurance on him so that if needed, we can do the hip replacment, but do the tests and make sure your's wont be where mine is. I have to limit what he does now so he wont hurt himself, no more camping trips or trips thru the national forests, which he and I both loved doing. Im telling you, Im a 31 year old single guy, consider myself a pretty manly man, but I broke down like a baby when the vet told me how bad his hips were, worse then a 12 year old G/S's he said. Anyway, before yall think Im a wuss...
Awesome dogs, I'll never have anything but Shep's again. Here is mine helping me pull the engine out. http://community.webshots.com/photo/174067633/174069911FXevSG
Thanks for the advice. I've read up on Hip Dysplasia, but have to admit that I never knew that they could "fix" him at a young age. It is surprising how many people know about hip dysplasia in GSDs, just about everyone I spoke to about getting a GSD told he you should look out for hip dysplasia. I was smart enough to get an extended 1 year warrenty from the pet store, so if he ever developed a case for it they would have to pay my vet bills to correct it.
Camaro is a great dog. He was kept in that cage in the picture for over a month so my fiancee and I had to get him outta there. He's had Coccidia and now we're treating him for Roundworm. When we go back to the vet in 3 weeks I will inquire about an X-ray and possible correction if needed.
I'm sorry to hear about your pup and the damn hip dysplasia. You have to be strong yourself to deal with helping him. Best of luck to you.
Glad you got him out of that place, they are such great dogs, super super smart. Its good that the pet store offered the warranty. From what my vet said, the cheap/easy surgery can Only be done when they are around 6 months old, wish I had known that back then. I guess some time after the 6 month to one year point, your left with some not so fun options. They had to knock him out when they went to do the x-rays because of how big he is and how they had to position him on the table, and seeing him slowly get sleepy, not able to stand then finally fall asleep just about killed me, and I knew he would wake up in 30 minutes. Anyway, enough about that, cause right now he's outside playing in the rain getting muddy........
Jim, wonderful dog. PLease do check into the Hip Dysplacia. I (many years ago) had several sheperds and trained them for K-9 service. I also did obedience training. Well worth the time and I highly recommend it for these dogs. They respond well to training. I had to put one of mine down due to his hips, only 3 years old. I could have shot the breeder. My other "house" pet, Gretchen was one in a million. Smart. Very smart. She trained well and since I worked midnights, she took care of the house and "mommy" while I was working. I just love this breed and I wish I could have another one, but, I now have allergies and it just won't work.
I spoke to the vet today and they recommended that we do the check during his nutering surgery because the dog needs to be sedated because of the sometimes painful position they must have thier legs to get an accurate x-ray.
she told me they just had a shepherd in there that had to get the entire ball from his ball and socket joint removed. scary stuff
thanks for all the input, here's us playin at the park yesterday quick time movie 3.3Mb
My mom and step dad have a Shepard, his papered name is Barron Von Ricktovin (spelling), they just call him Shultz because he is the goofyest dog they have ever had. He is very,very smart but has this clown type personality. Always playing, very happy and sort of jokester in dog sorta way. He will hide your shoes and follow you around to help look for them, then take you to them or bring them to you. He is also an excellent watch dog. My step dad is pretty sick and stays in bed allot. The dog knows who can come in the house when John unlocks the door remotely and tells them to come in. Shultz escorts them to his room, he will not let in strangers and/or people he does not know. I live 1700 miles away and get to their house twice a year and that dog remebers me like I was there yesterday. Amazing Animal. Ohh ya a short story: John was not feeling well and could not get up to get the phone to call my mom. He told Shultz one time to get the phone expecting to have to find a way to get to it himself. The dog walked over and picked it up (cordless) and brought it to him. Dog basicly saved him from more damage from a mini stroke he was having. Like I said truly amazing animal and deeply loved by everyone in our family. He takes care of my Mom and Dad in many ways other than just being a goofy jokester dog around the house.
But now you're one step closer to training him\her. Some people don't accept crate training for dogs but if the dog will accept the cage, it gives them their own space in the house and makes things easier for you when you need to keep the dog confined for whatever reasons (guests coming over, strangers in the house, too cold to leave him\her outside while you run too the store, etc.) I never saw anything wrong with crate training. But that's totally up to the dog and the owners.
We love our Shepard\Husky mix! His name's Zeb... short for Zebulon. He's 10 now. They're great family dogs for sure. Very active and playful, smart. The massive amounts of hair they shed can be a hassle but we keep him groomed so it's not too bad when he starts molting.
He developed hip dysplasia early on, mostly in one hip. It really bugged him for a few years, but when we moved to this house, it seemed to go away. We're not sure if it has something to do with the fact that our other house (in the city) had very little yard\grass and was mostly paved driveway in the back. Our current house has a large backyard that's all grass and he hasn't been bothered by his hips in years. When we do notice him limping or having a hard time getting up, we give him Aspirin. The vet recommended it and it works wonders. He's getting to be an old man now but you'd never know it.
Something even worse than hip dysplasia is Pannus. It's a nasty eye disease that I want you to be aware of for sure! Talk to your vet about it. http://www.workingdogs.com/doc0087.htm
It's crippling to German Shepards and other breeds if not caught and treated immediately. Zeb developed it very young and is almost blind in one eye. We've been treating it with Dexamethasone drops for years now, just to keep it in check. There's no cure.... it just gets worse as time goes on. There are expensive procedures a vet can do to lessen the severity but it usually comes back anyway. Just something to look out for! We were caught by surprize.
Have fun with 'Camaro'! You'll definitely have a friend for life Jim!
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