Giant Schnauzer Health Care & Feeding
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018
Quick list of Giant Schnauzer health problems
Giant Schnauzers have high rates of hip dysplasia (18%), elbow dysplasia (8%), and thyroid disease (23%).
Hereditary eye diseases such as cataracts and progressive retinal atropy (PRA) can cause blindness.
Epilepsy and blood-clotting diseases are serious concerns in Giant Schnauzers, as is an emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.
(See more health problems below.)
Preventing health problems
Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Giant Schnauzer have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases, hip dysplasia, and thyroid disease, your Giant Schnauzer 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 Giant Schnauzer, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Giant Schnauzer 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 Giant Schnauzer puppy or adult dog:
Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Giant Schnauzer lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.
The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Giant Schnauzer
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.
Kibble or Canned Dog Food – Almost As Good As Homemade?
Are you looking for the best dry kibble or canned dog food?
Feed Homemade Dog Food Without Needing To Make It
Would you like to feed your dog homemade, but think you don't have the time or skill to make it? I have the solution for you....
Should You Buy Pet Insurance? An Honest Review
My advice on the pros and cons of pet insurance, and the best pet insurance company I've found.
Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Giant Schnauzer puppy really need? Does your adult Giant Schnauzer need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed! Find out what some vets aren't telling you.
Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female dog.
Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male 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 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 Giant Schnauzer health problems
The most common health problems in Giant Schnauzers are orthopedic, especially hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 4700 Giant Schnauzers and found 18% dysplastic. That's bad, and the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. Of nearly 700 elbow X-rays, 8% were dysplastic.
Other orthopedic diseases in Giant Schnauzers, all of which cause pain and lameness, include osteochondritis, panosteitis, and hypertrophic osteodystrophy.
According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 23% of Giant Schnauzers have thyroid disease.
Eye diseases in Giant Schnauzers include progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and retinal dysplasia. Cataracts can appear in puppyhood, or later at 6-7 years old.
As with all deep-chested breeds, Giant Schnauzers are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.
Blood-clotting diseases are a concern in Giants, especially von Willebrand's disease and thrombocytopenia.
Skin diseases include allergies (which cause itchy skin and often lead to pyoderma), seborrhea, and vitiligo.
Other health issues in Giant Schnauzers include epilepsy, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, heart disease, and cancer of the toes (digital squamous cell carcinoma).
Some Giant Schnauzers cannot produce Vitamin B12, which is essential for brain and body function. A dog affected with Vitamin B12 malabsorption becomes weak and disoriented. Supplementing the vitamin solves the problem.
To help you train and care for your dog
To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.
My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.
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.