Preventative Care for your German Shepherd
One of the most common concerns for German Shepherd owners is how to keep the animal that they love so much healthy. While of course basic principles like “feed him or her, shelter him or her, and take him or her to the vet when he or she is sick” are in effect, being a truly good dog owner, especially for a species like a German Shepherd, requires a great deal more intensive care. It is vital to recognize that one should treat a German Shepherd the way one would a member of one's own family – after all, preventative care is the best medicine, and while veterinarians are available if your dog should become sick, the better care you take of your dog, the more likely it is that he or she will remain happy and healthy well into a venerable old age.
One of the most important things to learn how to do on your own is how to perform a standard “health check” on your German Shepherd. These routine checkups at home will allow you to “check in” with your dog and make sure that each and every one of his or her parts is in good working order (and playing order too, of course). Every week or so, go through a mental checklist of questions to make sure that nothing is wrong with your German Shepherd.