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Sensible advice for raising your German Wirehaired Pointer puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in German Wirehaired Pointers, the best dog food diet for feeding German Wirehaired Pointer puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

German Wirehaired Pointer dog breed

German Wirehaired Pointer Health Problems and Raising a German Wirehaired Pointer Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in German Wirehaired Pointers:

The most common orthopedic disease in the GWP is hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 3100 German Wirehaired Pointers and found 9% dysplastic, and the true rate is higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. For comparison, German Shorthairs have less than a 5% hip dysplasia rate. Other orthopedic diseases in the GWP include elbow dysplasia, osteochondritis, and panosteitis.

According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, German Wirehaired Pointers have the 4th highest rate of hypothyroidism of 140 breeds (over 25% affected).

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

von Willebrand's blood-clotting disease occurs in German Wirehairs, as does heart disease.

The most common eye diseases are cataracts (appearing by 12 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.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR German Wirehaired Pointer?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in German Wirehaired Pointers today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a German Wirehaired Pointer puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your German Wirehaired Pointer puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy German Wirehaired Pointer puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


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 Wirehaired Pointer
The best diet for feeding your German Wirehaired Pointer is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your German Wirehaired Pointer. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your German Wirehaired Pointer
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 Wirehaired Pointer need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


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.


Information on spaying your German Wirehaired Pointer. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female German Wirehaired Pointer.


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