GSD Health Information

GSDs, like many dogs, encounter a number of health issues. We are listing some here for your information. This info is not intended to take the place of regular check-ups with your veterinarian nor should it be used to diagnose your dog.

KEEP YOUR DOG MENTALLY SOUNDI receive a daily report on Alzheimer's news and research throughout the world. It really offers a lot of hope and information to those of us who have relatives or friends with Alzheimer's. An interesting article showed up in the news tips on Alzheimer's, though, related to dogs.Dog study sniffs out ways to help humans as they age By LEE BOWMAN Scripps Howard News Service January 18, 2005 -Regular exercise, mental stimulation and a diet rich in antioxida [more]
THE PET ARTHRITIS CENTERhttp://www.arthritis-cats-dogs.com/article-specific.php?petid=Dogs [more]
BABESIOSISWe learned about a relatively "new" (for up here) tick disease that you all should learn the signs for: it's called babesiosis, or infection from the Babesia canis tick. The dog we found this in was lethargic, wouldn't eat much, and had a bad fever. He went to Tufts where he got an ultrasound because his bloodwork was actually ok. On ultrasound, some of his organs looked enlarged. Seemed like he had an infection. They did some tick tests, and bang, they found Babesia canis! This is [more]
DEAF DOG RESOURCESDeafness in Dogs http://www.lsu.edu/deafness/deaf.htm Information on deafness prevalence, causes, & management For owners, breeders, and researchers includes a comprehensive list of where to get the brainstem auditory evoked potential (BAER) test done. The BAER test is the most accurate measurement of hearing in animals, and is the same test given to infant humans.Deaf Dog Education Action Fund (DDEAF) http://www.deafdogs.org. The mission of this organizati [more]
WHAT IS DEGENERATIVE MYELOPATHY (DM)?Degenerative myelopathy is a slowly progressive ataxia and paresis of the hindlegs. Marked muscle atrophy is common and fecal and urinary incontinence often develops. The etiology is unknown, but an immune-mediated mechanism is suspected as a depression of T lymphocyte responsiveness has been demonstrated in affected dogs.There is a yahoo group for those with DM that's very helpful. They've been around since 2003 and have a lot of resources and exper [more]
Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) is a genetically linked condition where the pancreas becomes severely atrophied. It is most commonly seen in German Shepherd Dogs but increasingly occurs in other breeds as well. Wayde, one of GSRNE's foster dogs, had EPI. He is now a poster boy for the disease. Please print out a brochure for educational purposes. [more]
Here in New England, we rejoice when winter loosens its grip and spring finally arrives. But along with the warmth of the season come pests that make both our lives and our pets' lives miserable: fleas and ticks. Fleas can be both a nuisance and a health hazard to you and your pets. Not only are their bites itchy and painful, but many animals have flea allergies causing severe itching, chewing and biting of their tail, hips, and legs, oozing lesions from the chewing, and hot spots. Along with fl [more]
KILLING THEM WITH KINDNESSby Chris HarrimanStudies show that as Americans continue to gain weight, so do their pets. Their obesity is just as dangerous to them as it is to humans. Like humans, dogs develop certain diseases when they are overweight. If not corrected, obesity can lead to more serious complications such as diabetes and heart disease so it’s important to make sure that your dog eats a healthy diet and receives plenty of exercise.There are several reasons that your [more]
POISON CONTROL NUMBERS FOR PETSPet Poison Helpline 1-800-213-6680 www.petpoisonhelpline.com $35 fee per incident payable by credit cardThe Pet Poison Helpline™ is a nationwide (now also serving Canada) 24-hour service available to pet guardians and veterinary professionals requiring assistance with a potentially poisoned pet. We have the ability to help every pet, with all types of poisonings, 24 hours a day. Our knowledge and expertise will put your mind at ease when dealing wi [more]
GSD Health: Seniors
YOU'RE INVITED TO JOIN!The German Shepherd pictured to the left is a GSRNE fellow. His name is Holling and at age 12-13 he is experiencing some challenges that are all too common to senior dogs.  In the interest of making Holling and other senior German Shepherd Dogs more comfortable in their advanced age, a new forum was born.All caretakers/parents and friends of senior German Shepherd Dogs are welcome to participate. Let's exchange information and learn about experiences with o [more]
STRONGHEART MAY SUFFER FROM STRESSGerman Shepherd Dogs can suffer from stressStrongheart, the "wonder dog", was a German Shepherd whose story was published in 1926. Like his predecessor, Rin Tin Tin, he was a movie star in the 1920s and '30s. In their films, these brave dogs caught clever criminals, delivered messages across war-ravaged battlefields, and fought wild animals without faltering. Nothing stressed them. These dogs did not tremble in animal shelters, nor whimper an [more]
VESTIBULAR DISEASEFAQ: Our old dog suddenly became dazed and confused, staggering around the house, losing his balance, and wandering in circles. Our veterinarian diagnosed his problem as vestibular disease. What causes this disease and how serious is it?Idiopathic Vestibular Disease (IVD) is a disorder of the organs of balance (vestibular apparatus), situated in the middle ears. Their function is to maintain equilibrium (balance) by coordinating movements of the head with the eyes, t [more]
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2015 Calendars
   The 2015 GSRNE Calendar is filled with GORGEOUS shots of our GSRNE dogs! [more]
Adoption News
Winston is a  happy boy! He is now part of a loving family where he is the center of [more]
German Shepherd Rescue of New England, Inc. (GSRNE) is looking for new foster homes.  Th [more]
GSRNE Buddy Program
Everybody Needs a Buddy Sometime!So many people love our dogs and would like to fost [more]
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