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A pinch of woof and a dash of paw : German Shepherd

German Shepherds, tall, well built, muscular and strong – these are the few of many adjectives that we use to address German Shepherds. Well, today’s blog is aimed at exploring the world of this beautiful breed, the German Sheep dog or otherwise referred to as German Shepherds/ Alsatians. Let’s dive into the world of German Shepherds, explore a few fun facts about them, their likes – dislikes and their care and management.

Features:

Size: Medium dog breed       

Built : Muscular                                              

Height : Medium- Tall.

Coat : Black-Brown, Tan with black, solid black.

Double Coat.

synonyms: Alsatian

Type : Herding Dog Breed.

Temperament: Intelligent, Stubborn, Alert, Obedient, Loyal, Curious, Confident, Watchful,

Mystery-History : History Of German Shepherd Dog Breed.

German Shepherds are also referred to as the Alsatian breed or Alsatian wolf breed. It was originally bred as a herding dog, for herding sheep. However, they are not limited to herding purposes. Since then, German Shepherds have been used in different types of work such as police squads, rescue teams, disability assistance,etc. Usually, German Shepherds are commonly kept as companion pets. With the rise of the Industrial Revolution, there grew large, industrialised cities in Germany and the predator population began to decline, rendering sheepdogs unnecessary. Yet, it was brought to notice that these sheepdogs are quite an intelligent breed of dogs. There was a sense of growing awareness amongst the crowd regarding dogs as the next companion pets.

This breed was so named due to its original purpose of helping and assisting shepherds in herding and protecting sheep. These dogs were bred specifically for their intelligence, grace and versatility coupled with their strength, and power making them quite desirable in the spheres of police- army squads, medical assistance, guard dogs and so on. German Shepherds are quite smart and active having the willingness to learn more, explore and embark on a new journey each time.

They are quite curious and protective of their herds and families and therefore need to be trained in a correct manner.

The Puppy Love: How To Take Care Of Puppies.

 German Shepherds as puppies are quite cute. As a matter of fact, a quick puppy cuddle can cure all kinds of stress in a wink of an eye. Young German Shepherds have immense energy and power, yes, they are quite a ball of thunder mixed with rainbows. Young puppies are similar to young human babies. They are needy, sometimes clingy, loving, caring and always seeking attention. Well, sometimes they can be quite a lot to handle, but hey, that’s the fun part of life! We all love a bundle of joy who (sometimes) create havoc.

When your puppy is young, make sure you deworm them timely. Deworming essentially refers to removing worms. Young puppies have a tendency to get infected more often than not with tapeworms, whipworms, etc. A strict deworming schedule has to be followed to ensure that your puppy has no issues with regard to growth and health. Deworming usually begins on day 1 (usually at the age of 50-60 days) when you bring the puppy to your home for the first time. WoSIGNSrms are quite unique creatures. They are termed ‘parasites’ as they derive nutrition from the host’s (puppy’s) intestines. So let’s say, whatever food you give to your puppy, in the case of a non-dewormed puppy, the puppy receives a maybe very little portion of the digested food in cases of heavy worm load.

To Observe:

– Bloated appearance of the stomach: So what happens here is, there is quite some distension of the stomach due to parasitic load which is a green signal to deworm your pet at the earliest.

– Observing cucumber seed like structure in your puppy’s faeces: These are usually the proglotids of tapeworms (a sort of body structure) which again goes on to create more worms. This is a clear cut indication that your puppy has a worm infection and this case needs to be addressed on an immediate basis.

– Vomiting worms out (in cases of heavy worm load): This can happen when there is severe worm load.

– Listlessness: Dullness/feeling lethargic is quite uncommon in a puppy unless the puppy is facing some medical condition.

– Anorexia: Due to pain or any other collateral conditions, anorexia can be observed.

– Dull and rough body coat: Since the body is not receiving enough nutrients as it should, it takes a toll on the skin and hair coat. Since German Shepherds are known for their coat, dry, rough and dull coat is a clear cut indication that your pet either has some mineral deficiency. This deficiency can be owed to the fact that they have a worm load. As the worms take up nutrition from the hosts’ intestine the puppy (host) doesn’t receive enough nutrition as it should which then culminates into signs that we observe.

– There maybe haemorrhagic diarrhoea due to extreme parasitism: You may observe lose watery faeces which may be brown-red in colour which is an indication of haemorrhagic enteritis. This should be differentiated from other types of enteritis such as viral/bacterial enteritis.

The Way Out:

The treatment protocol involves giving the deworming medicine once biweekly for the initial few months and then monthly or once every two-three months for the rest of their lives. Our medicine Wormisule-XP for Dogs & Cats, is a unique formulation for Deworming in Pets. It is based on the Homoeopathic principle ie “SimiliaSimillibusCuranter” Likes to be treated.

Dosage: 20 drops 3 times a day or as directed by the doctor.

The Fur Care: German Shepherds And Their Beautiful Coats.

Coat health is one of the many things that matter. German Shepherds are known for their amazing coat which has a dash of black- brown colours. Fur and Skin coat health is of prime importance when it comes down to this breed. Altough, Skin and fur conditions can be due to multiple reasons (a few of them being due to nutritional deficiencies) let us have a look at Dandruff or Seborrheic Dermatitis that may result in fur-coat related problems.

Dandruff is also termed seborrheic dermatitis which means inflammation of the skin and is a common, non-contagious, easy-to-manage skin condition. Let us break this down into simpler terms. Seborrhoea refers to a kind of skin disease that is characterized by a defect in keratinization/ cornification of the outer layer of the skin, hair follicles, or claws.

Here are few possible causes of dandruff in pets –

  1. Malasezzia Infection: due to any breech in skin continuity [thanks to secondary bacterial infections, low

immunity, etc.] these good commensals end up invading our tissue [or skin tissue to be precise], as a result, they end up causing you-know-it: Dandruff!

  1. Stress and Worry: Stress does no good to our health, both at the levels of physical health as well as mental health. Stress is one of the factors which hampers the Immunity of your pets tremendously which may lead to secondary skin infections and may lead to poor coat health.
  1. Hormonal Imbalance : Alopecia and dermatosis are some examples of skin disorders related to an imbalance of reproductive hormones. Also, thyroid hormone imbalance can cause symmetrical loss of fur [hair] and also cause loss of fur in the tail region of the dog. Such a tail is commonly referred to as rat-tail or rat-tail appearance pertaining to thyroid- related disorders.
  1. Harsh Soaps: Using human sanitary products and shampoos are a total no-go for dogs. They may lead to extreme itching/fur loss/ etc as they are made for human use (and we, humans have hair whereas our pets have fur).

Signs To Observe:

– Itchy Skin

– Flaky Skin

– Alopecia and fur loss

The Way Out: It’s A Wrap For Dandruff.

Giving a bath to our furry friends can be quite a challenge! Some pets enjoy and love water and just live in the moment while taking baths while some, just let’s just say are not-that- fond of bathing and detest the very idea of water being anywhere near them. Either way, bathing is  not an option, it is a necessity and an essential core of living! For skin related issues, apart from oral medication [if indicated in severe dermatitis or skin infections] bathing is one of the curative treatments for the same. Me & My Anti-Dandruff Shampoo is one such homeopathic shampoo that helps to fight the dandruff issue swiftly. With itchy skin, dry skin or flaky skin, it’s a wrap for all these issues with a natural shampoo- Me & My Anti-Dandruff Shampoo.

 So well, if you’re planning on adopting a German Shepherd, brace yourself with a life full of fun, laughter, happiness and joy! Keep in mind, a pet is a life time responsibility and pets are just like our little furry babies. Ensure to deworm them regularly, do a regular tick flea check on them, and bathe them on a regular basis to ensure that they’re at their best !

 Happy pet parenting!

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