Category: Doberman Health

A tired dog is a good dog.   We know Dobermans need more exercise and mental stimulation than the average dog. And walking is a great activity for dogs and well as their owners.   Not only is walking good for fitness but it also helps with dogs who experience separation anxiety or nervousness. But sometimes for various reasons, it might not be the best option for you and your dog.  Maybe you live in an area where the climate is extremely cold. Dobermans have short fur and lean bodies which aren’t optimal in freezing temperatures.  Or maybe the owner has health issues, a…

Yesterday I put down my 11-year-old Doberman. Her legs were failing her that she could no longer walk without falling down. I feel awful right now, but I know it was the right thing to do, and as time goes by I know my heartache will hurt less and less. Now that she’s gone, every time I see something that reminds me of her, my eyes well up with tears. I haven’t felt this sad in a long time. I’m now undecided if I should throw out her favorite toys and any reminders of her, or not. I knew I didn’t want…

Are You Ruining Your Dog’s Teeth? I was shocked recently to find out that my 11-year-old Doberman has terrible teeth. Here’s a copy of my $2,396 dental vet bill. She had bad periodontal disease, a loose tooth and needed tons of other teeth removed. How had I neglected her dental health? How long has she been in pain? I cried at the dental vet’s office and felt like an awful dog owner. Actually, I cried three times that day. I cried when I got the x-ray results, when I left her for surgery, and when I picked her up after…

Do you know what vaccinations to give your dog? Or do you just blindly trust your vet to make that decision for you? Every year, like most people, I take my dogs to the vet and consent to whatever shots my vet suggests.  Recently I’ve started to question if I’m making the right decision.  Since my first doberman died of cancer, I’m maybe more paranoid than most people about my dog’s health. Both of my current Dobermans are now seniors. I want their last years to be the healthiest and happiest years of their short lives. Which led me to…

Why do dogs have such short lives? Maybe you’ve heard the story about the four-year-old boy, who having witnessed the death of his dog, wisely answers this sad question.  His response was this, “People are born so they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.” It’s a comforting explanation, especially for us dog lovers as we see our pets slow down and grow old. So how long do dobermans live? My doberman is…

“Today I experienced my first seriously negative and rude response to Bandit’s ears being cropped… and I was angry!! I was not angry at this woman’s opinion – everyone has the right to believe what they want to believe and make their own choices and that is absolutely fine. But when someone rudely tells me that I am cruel and I must not have thought that my dog was born good enough, that really rubs me the wrong way.” “I’ve only had one person give me a half-negative remark…just the usual “aww, poor little doggie, daddy cut your ears off,…

If your dog was choking at this very moment, would you know what to do? As a responsible dog owner you want to be prepared for emergencies. If you notice your dog behaving out of the normal, you need to take action. Have ready the number of your local emergency animal hospital and know in advance where it’s located just in case it’s after hours and your regular vet is closed. It’s also a good idea to have a dog first aid kit at home or in your car and a first aid book handy. You’ll want to become familiar…

Owning a Doberman is fun. Unfortunately, some Dobermans are not as mellow as we would like. For a variety of reasons, some Dobermans have more anxiety or nervous behaviors than others. This could be a result of poor breeding practices, poor puppy socialization, training issues or stressful home environments. So what can you do to help calm your Doberman? Depending on the situation, you may need to try different things. A dog with separation anxiety will need different treatment than a dog with a fear of noises or thunder. But some of these tips will help in either situation. Exercise…

Summer is finally here! And along with the sunshine, comes the heat.  While we may enjoy hot summer days, our canine friends may not.  Dogs are more sensitive to heat exhaustion or heat stroke than humans.  While we sweat to cool our internal body temperature, dogs pant to reduce theirs.  Keep in mind that most at risk for overheating or heat stroke are younger dogs, the old, the obese, Dobermans with black hair and Dobermans with certain medical conditions. So how do you know when your Doberman is reaching a critical health emergency like heat stroke? A dog’s normal body temperature…

What could be sadder than a Doberman that can’t run?  Part of the appeal and beauty of the Doberman dog breed, is watching their elegant, athletic bodies running and playing. According to the Columbian News, Tyson, a 13 month old Doberman had the misfortune of being born with carpus valgus.  This rare disorder causes the front legs to grow crooked.  Tyson is able to walk but tires quickly and obviously has difficulty running.  Even sadder is that if Tyson doesn’t get specialized surgery for his legs, they are expected to give out at around age 6, needing the Doberman to…