WARNING 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.
Addison's disease in dogs, (hypoadrenocorticism), is a rare, serious condition that stems from a hormonal imbalance.
Probiotics for dogs are becoming popular and with good reason. Learn more about this important factor in good health.
Seasonal allergies in dogs have become a more readily recognized problem as we have learned more about their causes.
Collie eye anomaly is an inherited condition that is often found in Collies but can occur in other herding breeds.
Cataracts in dogs are distressing, but the good news is that, more often than not, they are fairly easily treated.
Dog eye problems are a concern for all owners. You can easily check if your dog is showing signs of eye trouble.
If left untreated a dog ear infection of the outer ear can become chronic and lead to much more serious damage.
Holistic medicine for dogs is a natural approach which treats the whole dog rather than targeting a specific illness.
Pyruvate kinase deficiency in dogs is a condition that is particularly dangerous and has limited treatment options.
Canine dementia is common and dogs can have changes in brain function as they age resulting in cognitive impairment.
If your dog eats too fast you are not alone. Many dogs take an aggressive approach to eating and wolf down meals.
A dog tick bite can be the precursor to serious illness and is something that dog owners need to be vigilant about.
Flea allergy dermatitis is the most common skin condition in dogs and can strike any breed and may occur at any age.
A dog eating poop, coprophagia, is a relatively common experience but can be particularly distressing for owners.
A keto diet is a relatively new approach that many dog owners are following in order to help with health issues.
A dog DNA test is a popular research tool and can be an owner's first line of defense against health related issues.
Paw wax may not be something you've considered for your dog, but you probably should if he spends time outdoors.
Cosequin for dogs has become one of the most popular joint treatments recommended by vets for dogs of all ages.
Dog flu, or canine influenza virus, is a very real issue and, if left untreated, can lead to serious complications.
Dog dry skin is a more common problem than most people realize. Unfortunately, it can have many potential causes.
Glucosamine for dogs is being offered by many vets as a viable treatment for joint issues such as osteoarthritis.
Have questions about puppy teeth? Find out more about teething in dogs, how long it takes, and caring for your pup.
A dog virus can be extremely distressing and in fact many viruses can be life threatening if not properly treated.
Diabetes in dogs is a growing concern. Do you know the signs and what you can do to prevent or manage dog diabetes?
Puppy supplements may sound like a good idea but giving your puppy vitamins might not be as safe as you believe.
Dog food allergy is a more common problem than you might think. If you suspect a food allergy proceed cautiously.
Diarrhea in dogs can indicate a wide range of problems. It's important to determine the cause as soon as possible.
Which dog diarrhea treatment is best has a lot to do with the actual cause of the diarrhea, which can vary greatly.
Kidney disease in dogs is quite common as dogs come into contact with toxins that can lead to kidney malfunction.
A dog dental cleaning can be one of the most important steps you can take to help maintain the health of your pet.
A dog chewing paws is actually quite common and has several causes, but here are many you should be aware of.
A dog tooth infection is a very common and very painful condition. What are the signs and what can you do about it?
Dog flatulence is common, but what exactly causes it and is there anything you can do to reduce the dog farts?
Heatstroke in dogs can be a real concern as they don't have the same built in cooling system that humans do.
A dog chewing gum is never good. It can be deadly for dogs due to toxicity in shockingly small amounts of xylitol.
A dog kidney infection can be a very serious issue. Be aware of the signs and symptoms you need to look out for.
A dog bladder infection may not seem like an urgent problem but untreated it can turn into a serious health issue.
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 is one of the more serious medical conditions that can plague dogs and affects the immune system.
Dog hip dysplasia is one of the most common conditions that veterinarians see. It is a skeletal disease can occur in any breed.
Dog skin allergy is more common than you might think. Dogs can suffer from allergies just as humans do.
Hair loss in dogs, or alopecia, is a relatively common complaint and, unfortunately, is difficult to prevent.
Dog bad breath is something almost every dog owner has experienced but can be a symptom of other health issues.
A dog wheel chair may not have been something you considered purchasing, but unfortunately, it can become necessary.
Physical therapy for dogs is a relatively new approach that has gained a great deal of popularity in recent years.
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 is an extremely common occurrence given that there are over 160 skin disorders that affect dogs.
The ThunderShirt has become a very popular option in the treatment of anxiety in dogs since it came on the market.
Dog toothpaste is not just a quirky idea. It's a necessity to keep your four legged friend happy and healthy.
Dog dental health is essential to overall health and the sooner you make it part of your dog's overall health plan the better.
Puppy vitamins are a subject of much controversy, but are vitamins for puppies likely to do more harm than good?
Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC) is a serious condition that affects many breeds including the Australian Shepherd.
Homeopathic remedies for dogs are becoming more popular but could homeopathy for dogs actually be dangerous?
WARNING FOR AUSSIE OWNERS: Ivermectin for Dogs, Trifexis and MDR1 Gene Mutation
Is Rimadyl for Dogs Safe?
Arthritis in Dogs
Collie Eye Anomaly
Persistent Pupillary Membranes
Patent Ductus Arteriosus
Homozygous Merle (Lethal White)
Double Merle Aussies
Diabetes in Dogs
Diabetic dog food is one of the tools for helping control diabetes in dogs, but which is best to manage symptoms?
Worms in dogs are parasites that can be very dangerous and it is important to understand the effect they can have.
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.
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.
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.