Most common health problems in Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your Anatolian Shepherd Dog

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Anatolian Shepherd, you'll find my health care program very valuable.

It's called "11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy."

Raise your dog the RIGHT way, feed him the RIGHT food, give him the RIGHT vaccinations, avoid unnecessary veterinary expenses, and help him live a longer, happier, and more comfortable life.

If your Anatolian Shepherd already HAS a health problem, I'm sorry to hear that. You should immediately begin my health care program, and you may be able to restore his good health – or at least make him much more comfortable. Let me help!

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Anatolian Shepherd Health Care & Feeding

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Anatolian Shepherd Dog health problems

Hip and elbow dysplasia cause pain and lameness and can require expensive surgery. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated over 2100 hip X-rays of Anatolian Shepherd Dogs and found over 10% dysplastic. Of 700 elbow X-rays, 6% were dysplastic.

The most common eye problem in the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is an abnormality of the eyelid called entropion.

Hypothyroidism is being seen more frequently in Anatolians. According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 16% of Anatolian Shepherd Dogs have low thyroid levels.

As with all deep-chested breeds, Anatolian Shepherds are at higher-than-normal risk for an emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat, which can kill a dog in hours.

Chronic allergies cause itchy skin and scratching, which can lead to skin infections (hot spots).


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Anatolian Shepherd have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of malformed hip and elbow joints, your Anatolian Shepherd Dog has less risk of developing those conditions.

Other health problems can be prevented, or partially prevented, by the ways you raise your dog. If you're serious about doing everything you can for your Anatolian Shepherd Dog, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Anatolian Shepherd puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways. It will help you be your dog's health care champion!


Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Anatolian Shepherd puppy or adult dog:

Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Anatolian Shepherd Dog lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Anatolian Shepherd
Food is the #1 foundation for good health. The best diet for feeding your dog is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, fish....these are not just "people foods" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Anatolian Shepherd Dog. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Anatolian Shepherd
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Anatolian Shepherd Dog. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Anatolian Shepherd puppy really need? Does your adult Anatolian need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed! Find out what some vets aren't telling you.


Information on spaying your Anatolian Shepherd Dog. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female dog.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Anatolian Shepherd Dog. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Assisi Loop Assisi Loop Review: How I Helped Treat Inflammation and Pain
Does your dog suffer from arthritis, hip dysplasia, disk disease, colitis, a skin wound? My honest review of a veterinary device you can use at home to help reduce inflammation and pain.


To help you train and care for your dog

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book cover My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.