Most common health problems in German Wirehaired Pointers, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your German Wirehaired Pointer

If you want to AVOID health problems in your German Wirehair, 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 German Wirehair 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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German Wirehaired Pointer dog breed

German Wirehaired Pointer Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of German Wirehaired Pointer health problems

Compared to their cousin the German Shorthaired Pointer, German Wirehairs have twice the rate of hip and elbow dysplasia, plus a much higher rate of thyroid disease.

A particularly severe form of von Willebrand's blood-clotting disease occurs in German Wirehairs, as well as a milder form of hemophilia.

Cataracts can cause blindness. Heart disease is a concern in the breed.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your German Wirehaired Pointer have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hip and elbow dysplasia, blood-clotting disease, thyroid disease, and hereditary eye diseases, your German Wirehair 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 German Wirehaired Pointer, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your German Wirehaired Pointer 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 German Wirehaired Pointer 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 German Wirehaired Pointer lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your German Wirehair
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 German Wirehaired Pointer. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your German Wirehair
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


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


Information on spaying your German Wirehaired Pointer. 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 German Wirehaired Pointer. 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.


Complete list of German Wirehaired Pointer health problems

The most common orthopedic disease in the GWP is hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 4600 German Wirehaired Pointers and found 9% dysplastic. Of 900 elbow X-rays, 3% were dysplastic.

In young German Wirehaired Pointers, osteochondritis and panosteitis can cause pain and lameness.

According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 25% of German Wirehaired Pointers have thyroid disease.

Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).

A particularly severe form of von Willebrand's blood-clotting disease occurs in German Wirehairs, as well as a milder form of hemophilia.

Heart disease is a concern in the breed.

The most common eye diseases are cataracts (at 6-18 months old, entropion, retinal dysplasia, and occasionally progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).

As with all deep-chested breeds, German Wirehaired Pointers are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.


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