Comments on Guide Dog Handler Survey Reveals Health Concerns

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Hans   Amsterdam (EU), AL

5/26/2009 12:41:53 AM

Dogs have to lead a so called dog-live instead of being some sort of slave in a unnatural enviroment.My german sheppard died perfectly healty of old age age 17.he had a dog-live.

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Amanda   Mesa, AZ

4/6/2009 2:44:30 AM

Part of the reason guide dogs are more prone to illness, is because it's hard to know when a dog is ill even when you have sight and can see the signals. Since dogs don't have a language center in their brain, they tend to communicate more effectively through body language than through
noise.

Now, does that mean that's always the case? No. There are many factors you have to look at. I mean, think of the breeds chosen to work as guide dogs: larger, working class dogs, for the most part; which means an increased risk for certain breed-type diseases.

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mary   clinton, CT

2/17/2009 8:45:47 PM

interesting

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karen   little rock, AR

2/17/2009 6:16:17 PM

I think age,breed and genes are causes these problems. Alot of dogs that are not guide dogs have the same issues. It's sad but i feel it's just part of getting older.

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Deborah   Live Oak, FL

2/17/2009 3:39:02 PM

I would like to know why it would be in guide dogs more than others and if it is true how to prevent it. Because I am training a guide dog right now that is still very young and I don't want any of those problems accuring in him.

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Mary   Battle Creek, MI

2/17/2009 12:50:41 PM

Thanks for the information!!

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madie   greensboro, NC

2/17/2009 12:04:01 PM

interesting info

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

2/16/2009 11:39:14 PM

I don't think continuing to work brings about these diseases. I think the dogs are probably more distressed by retirement which brings a break in their routine and stability.

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lk   madison, CA

2/16/2009 7:13:25 PM

hope they can help

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Michele   Freeport, IL

2/16/2009 3:55:15 PM

I hope they can help these dogs soon.They work so hard

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Patricia   Youngstown, OH

2/16/2009 12:07:30 PM

Poor babies, I hope that they can take care of this better in the future.

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Donna   Limington, ME

2/16/2009 10:42:35 AM

I hope that now that there has been a study, that things can be changed. Better diet? Better parasite control?

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Jenn   Wheaton, IL

2/16/2009 9:13:45 AM

I wonder why German shepherds have the highest age of retirement....?

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julie   lewiston, ME

2/16/2009 7:56:58 AM

thank you for posting. it is always good to know more about our loved ones.

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JaNe   Amherst, MA

2/16/2009 6:44:48 AM

That's a neat article.

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Courtney   Baltimore, MD

2/16/2009 6:35:32 AM

Very intersting

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