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German Wirehaired Pointer Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton, Dog Trainer, Breed Selection Consultant, Author of 15 Dog Books

German Wirehaired Pointer

Start your German Wirehaired Pointer off on the right foot by feeding the right food, giving the right vaccinations, finding the right vet, and if you're going to spay or neuter, don't do it too early.

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German Wirehaired Pointer Health Problems

Or check out my advice for raising a healthy German Wirehaired Pointer puppy or adult dog:

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Information on spaying Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Should your female German Wirehaired Pointer be spayed? Current research says, "The AGE at which you spay can be vitally important to your dog's future health." So what's the best age? [read more]

Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Have you been told that you must neuter your male German Wirehair? Current research shows that the issue is not so simple. Pet owners are not being told about some risks associated with neutering male dogs, especially neutering too early... [read more]

Information on choosing the best vet Make Sure Your Vet is the Best!
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German Wirehaired Pointer

Complete 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, although even these higher figures are less than many other large breeds.

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. This is very high.

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 and often progressing to blindness), entropion, retinal dysplasia, and occasionally progressive retinal atrophy (which always progresses to blindness).

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

Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if your dog inherits from his parents the genes for an eye disease called PRA, he will go blind and there's nothing anyone can do about it.

Dog feeding and health book by Michele Welton But most health problems can be prevented by the ways you raise your dog.

FREE eBOOK! My free online health care program, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to raise your German Wirehaired Pointer in all the right ways that help prevent health problems. Become your dog's health care champion!

Michele Welton with BuffyAbout the author: Michele Welton has over 40 years of experience as a Dog Trainer, Dog Breed Consultant, and founder of three Dog Training Centers. An expert researcher and author of 15 books about dogs, she loves helping people choose, train, and care for their dogs.

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