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https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/early-neutering-poses-health-risks-german-shepherd-dogs-study-finds

Early Neutering Poses Health Risks for German Shepherd Dogs, Study Finds
 
Renowned for their intelligence, obedience and loyalty, German shepherd dogs are often the preferred breed for police and military work, as well as popular service dogs and family pets. But as most handlers, breeders and veterinarians are aware, joint disorders are a big concern in these animals.

A new study in the journal Veterinary Medicine and Science finds that neutering or spaying these dogs before 1 year of age triples the risk of one or more joint disorders particularly for cranial cruciate ligament, or CCL, tears.
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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: poor Teddy
« Last post by BlindMag on Yesterday at 11:55:07 AM »
My dogs with allergies have done ok with Alpo Snaps crunchy treats in moderation.
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Completely agree with Ketreva: Safari stainless nail clippers and Dremel 7300.
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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: poor Teddy
« Last post by swimmergirl247 on May 26, 2016, 10:24:40 PM »
Sorry I haven't updated. Teddy is much bette. he has been ear infection clear for three weeks now. the vet seems to think it could be allergy related he's on a limited ingredant diet but after thinking about it his treats have gluten and soy in htem so I am wrking on finding an alternative s.

he's also grown out and looks much better hair wise. now I got the duide combs for his clippers. I still have to learn how to shave his face alone.  but I can do everything else just fine now.


right ow I'm using an home made ear wash but I'll look into those suggested. I also need hair disover so i can keep his ear cannal relatively clear that is what caused the yeast infections. he doesn't swim an I am careful when bathing him about his ears so I doubt its from that. I mean it could have made it wose once started but me and my DMV don't think that's how it started
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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: poor Teddy
« Last post by Ketreva on May 26, 2016, 07:35:48 PM »
You might look into Lisa Leady Miracle Ear Elixir. Its an ear cleaner/flush that can be used on healthy ears to prevent infection or to eliminate chronic problems. I've seen really good results on the clients Ive recommended it to. You can get it from Groomer's Mall.
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You are less likely to quick badly with a dremel, but beware of long toe fur. I've always used a dremel. They create a lot of dust, so use 'em outside. The ones with dust catchers obstruct your view of the nail.


I forgot all about the trim guards/dust collectors that come on the grinders for the pet market, Kirsten. I throw them in the trash right away.
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aa thanks for the suggestions guys !! I had a feeling they were a scam I just wasn't sure.  As for flea stuff I use trifexis so it's not a huge problem for me! I'll probably end up getting the Dremel! I'm glad you suggested not to use one with a dust catcher!!
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Quick finding nail trimmers are a scam. Scissor style trimmers are better than guillotine style. Sharp clippers cause less discomfort to the dog. Have styptic product on hand because you WILL quick a nail if you trim enough of them.

You are less likely to quick badly with a dremel, but beware of long toe fur. I've always used a dremel. They create a lot of dust, so use 'em outside. The ones with dust catchers obstruct your view of the nail.

Choose a shampoo that doesn't remove spot on flea treatments. I like kenic emu oil and biogroom. Coconut oil based won't strip flea stuff.
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I'm curious what brands of stuff you use?  I'm looking into nail clippers and grinders because I want to have both on hand.  I've looked at some nail clippers that have a quick sensor and I'm curious if they even work well and even worth the extra money.

Quick finding nail trimmers are useless. In my opinion the Safari nail trimmers are the best currently on the market, the black and red ones from Groomer's Mall are the same just cheaper.
For nail grinders I have the Oster Spin, but for home use a Dremel 7300 would work fine.

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I guess just suggested brands of stuff, shampoo, and dental stuff, and of course nail clippers!! I currently get like a pretty cheapy brand of shampoo but I'm just curious if anyone has one they really suggest I know it doesn't matter too much.
I'm a groomer, and used to have my own business so I have tried samples of almost every professional shampoo available in the US. I really love K9 Competition, Quadruped and Show Season Naturals in that order. Off the shelf I really like CHi for dogs at petsmart.  I use Envirogroom ear cleaner and nothing else.

If you have a shedding breed make sure you put some sort of hair catcher in your drain or you are gonna have a bad time.


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So I have a few questions- I've been doing the standard at home grooming, ear cleaning, baths, brushing but I want to start doing nail trims, better with dental also.

I'm curious what brands of stuff you use?  I'm looking into nail clippers and grinders because I want to have both on hand.  I've looked at some nail clippers that have a quick sensor and I'm curious if they even work well and even worth the extra money.

I guess just suggested brands of stuff, shampoo, and dental stuff, and of course nail clippers!! I currently get like a pretty cheapy brand of shampoo but I'm just curious if anyone has one they really suggest I know it doesn't matter too much.

I'm not too keen with the grooming stuff since this is my first service dog.
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