Most common health problems in Shiloh Shepherds, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your Shiloh Shepherd

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Shiloh 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 Shiloh 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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Shiloh Shepherd dog breed

Shiloh Shepherd Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of Shiloh Shepherd health problems

Shiloh Shepherds are vulnerable to the same health issues as other large breeds, particularly German Shepherds.

That means a high rate of hip dysplasia, which causes lameness and pain and can require expensive surgery. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 1100 Shiloh Shepherds and found over 21% to be dysplastic. That's really bad. Elbow dysplasia occurs at a 7% rate. Panosteitis is a painful orthopedic disorder in young Shilohs.

A devastating neurological disease, degenerative myelopathy, gradually progresses to paralysis.

Shiloh Shepherds are at high risk for an emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat, which can kill a dog within hours.

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

Quite worrisome in the breed are hereditary heart diseases (especially irregular heartbeat), and gastrointestinal diseases such as hemorraghic gastroenteritis and pancreatic insufficiency. An eye disease called pannus can lead to blindness.


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Shiloh Shepherd have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hip and elbow dysplasia, heart diseases, and degenerative myelopathy, your Shiloh Shepherd 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 Shiloh Shepherd, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Shiloh 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 Shiloh 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 Shiloh Shepherd lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


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


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


Information on spaying your Shiloh Shepherd. 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 Shiloh Shepherd. 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.


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