Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

Australian Shepherd Health Issues

For Australian Shepherd Owners:
Ivermectin for Dogs, Trifexis and MDR1 Gene Mutation


Overall the Australian Shepherd is a healthy breed. Like all breeds however there are certain medical issues that crop up more frequently with Australian Shepherds. While many of these are hereditary and can be minimized through proper breeding practices and buying your Aussie from a qualified breeder, others with pathogenic or nutritional causes can be helped with awareness and advice from your veterinarian.

Australian Shepherd Health Articles

Australian Shepherd drinking water.Signs and Symptoms of Dog Kidney Infection

A dog kidney infection can be a very serious issue. Be aware of the signs and symptoms you need to look out for.

Merle and red merle Australian Shepherds.Do You Have A Problem With Your Dog Chewing Their Tail?

A dog chewing their tail or the area around the base of the tail is common but it can indicate a serious problem.

Canine Lymphoma Article: Photo of blue merle Australian Shepherd with black background.Understanding Canine Lymphoma

Canine lymphoma is one of the more serious medical conditions that can plague dogs and affects the immune system.

Red merle Australian Shepherd taking a bow.
Facts About Dog Hip Dysplasia

Dog hip dysplasia is one of the most common conditions that veterinarians see. It is a skeletal disease can occur in any breed.

Australian Shepherd in field of daisies.Identifying and Treating Dog Skin Allergy

Dog skin allergy is more common than you might think. Dogs can suffer from allergies just as humans do.

Australian Shepherd standing in streamHair Loss In Dogs: A Guide

Hair loss in dogs, or alopecia, is a relatively common complaint and, unfortunately, is difficult to prevent.

Dog bad breathUnderstanding Dog Bad Breath

Dog bad breath is something almost every dog owner has experienced but can be a symptom of other health issues.

Dog wheel chairDog Wheel Chair Options Available

A dog wheel chair may not have been something you considered purchasing, but unfortunately, it can become necessary.

Wet Australian Shepherd running.Physical Therapy for Dogs To Improve Recovery And Reduce Pain

Physical therapy for dogs is a relatively new approach that has gained a great deal of popularity in recent years..

Red tri Australian Shepherd with snowy background.Cancer in Dogs: Know The Symptoms And Treatment Options

Cancer in dogs is very real and all too common. Nearly half of deaths in dogs over age 10 are caused by cancer.

Dog skin disease scabies.Dog Skin Disease Is Very Common And Must Be Diagnosed Quickly

Dog skin disease is an extremely common occurrence given that there are over 160 skin disorders that affect dogs.

Australian Shepherd under blanket.All About The ThunderShirt For Dogs

The ThunderShirt has become a very popular option in the treatment of anxiety in dogs since it came on the market.

Dog Dental Health
Why Dog Dental Health Is Key

Dog dental health is essential to overall health and the sooner you make it part of your dog's overall health plan the better.

Portrait of Australian Shepherd puppy.Do Puppy Vitamins Cause More Harm Than Good?

Puppy vitamins are a subject of much controversy, but are vitamins for puppies likely to do more harm than good?

Australian Shepherd running with dog toy.Exercise Induced Collapse in Australian Shepherds

Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC) is a serious condition that affects many breeds including the Australian Shepherd.

Homeopathy remedy dripping onto spoon from dark bottleCould Homeopathic Remedies For Dogs Be Dangerous?

Homeopathic remedies for dogs are becoming more popular but could homeopathy for dogs actually be dangerous?

Ask A Veterinarian

Dog Prescription Errors

Pet Health Insurance

Dog Skin Problems

Constipation in Dogs

Diarrhea in Dogs

Dog Diarrhea Treatment

Dog Vomiting?

Dog Bladder Infection

Urinary Tract Infection

Dogs and Chocolate & Other Dangerous Foods

IMHA (Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia)

Dog Snake Bite

Natural Dog Remedies

Hereditary Diseases

WARNING FOR AUSSIE OWNERS: Ivermectin for Dogs, Trifexis and MDR1 Gene Mutation
Is Rimadyl for Dogs Safe?
Arthritis in Dogs
Iris Coloboma
Collie Eye Anomaly
Persistent Pupillary Membranes
Hip Dysplasia
Autoimmune Diseases
Retained Testicles
Dental Faults
Patent Ductus Arteriosus
Patellar Luxation
Homozygous Merle (Lethal White)
Double Merle Aussies
Diabetes in Dogs

Australian Shepherd with dog food.Diabetic Dog Food: Dealing With Canine Diabetes

Diabetic dog food is one of the tools for helping control diabetes in dogs, but which is best to manage symptoms?

Epilepsy in Dogs

Viruses and Bacteria

Canine Distemper
Canine Parvovirus
Lyme Disease in Dogs
Tracheobronchitis (Kennel Cough)

Worms and Parasites


Dog Safety Tips
Electrical Shocks
First Aid Dog Kits
Titer Test For Dogs
Dog Vaccinations

Ivermectin WARNING

Australian Shepherds can have drug sensitivities as they frequently have a mutation of the MDR1 (Multi Drug Resistance 1) gene. This commonly causes toxicity from ivermectin (and many other drugs) an ingredient found in heartworm medications. It is always advisable to consult with your veterinarian before giving your Aussie any medications. Even over-the-counter medications can be toxic due to this increased sensitivity.

More information about Ivermectin and other drugs that can be dangerous for Australian Shepherds here.

Australian Shepherd Health Tips

You will want to keep items on hand to maintain your dogs health to prevent problems from developing. For example there are excellent products available to maintain healthy coat and skin, gums and teeth, ears, eyes, urinary tract and anal glands to name a few.

You are what you eat and so is your Aussie. Dogs can suffer from the same problems that arise from poor nutrition as we do. Cardiovascular and nervous system degeneration, obesity and diabetes affect dogs too. To ensure proper nutrition you should provide high quality supplements.

Research the food you are giving your Aussie. They are high energy dogs and need high quality food to ensure excellent condition.

The best thing you can do to ensure the well-being of your dog is to buy a healthy dog. That sounds ridiculously simple but is too often overlooked when the decision is made about where to get an Aussie. The goal of good breeders is to improve and maintain the quality and health of the breed and eliminate hereditary diseases inherent to Australian Shepherds.

Australian Shepherd

Maureen Kavanagh

Revel truly has the biggest smile when you get her picture on a sunny day. She spends her fun time doing hikes, agility, and sneaking on to the couch and bed when nobody is paying attention!

Don't overlook this vital first step. It may cost a bit more to get a healthy dog from a breeder but weighed against the lifelong vet bills and poorer quality of life for your pet it is just not worth it in the long run.

Preventing problems is always the best way to deal with diseases. Make sure you visit with your vet and have all vaccinations up to date. Don't risk unnecessary suffering and costs that can arise by neglecting to take the threat of viruses, bacteria, worms and parasites seriously. Again, taking your vets advise about preventative measures to avoid these problems will likely save you lots of money, and your Aussie plenty of misery, in the long run.

All the preventative measures in the world are sometimes not enough. Accidents happen and you will save yourself a lot of stress by being prepared. Pet health insurance for your Aussie can really be a life-saver (and wallet-saver) when unexpected vet bills come in.

Have a basic first aid kit handy. If you don't already have one I recommend getting one as soon as possible. Taking a first aid course and having a kit is just a good idea anyway.

Do you know the phone number to your vet or emergency veterinary clinic? Do you know the route to get there quickly? A good idea is to have these numbers posted in a handy location like the inside of a cupboad door or on the fridge so you know exactly where they are and don't have to search for them when you are faced with an emergency.

With prevention, knowledge and preparedness you should be able to completely aviod or effectively deal with any health issues that arise with your Australian Shepherd. There are also many natural and safe herbal remedies for pets that can help prevent and address health many common problems.

I wish you and your Aussie a long life of health and happiness. icon

Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care