If you think that your dog is suffering from an illness the first thing to do is to seek veterinary advice. However, sometimes having a dog diagnosed with a health condition can be a daunting prospect for the owner. Information regarding veterinary treatment will of course come from your vet, but it is sometimes advice about living with the condition that other owners can help with. Lots of information can be found on the Internet but this can be confusing and sometimes even frightening – it may also be wrong or misguided! There is nothing like being able to discuss your worries and concerns with someone who has already experienced the same problems with their own dogs.
We have provided a list of owners who are happy to be contacted and will offer help and support with your dog’s illness/problem. All are Leonberger owners who have some experience and knowledge of the illness/problem for which they have volunteered as a support contact and some have other knowledge in training/behaviour and bereavement counselling. These owners are not medical experts and cannot give a diagnostic service or veterinary advice but may be able to offer practical tips regarding things like dietary advice, exercise, how to cope day to day with the diagnosed condition, where to go for other good sources of support, etc..
This web site has a very comprehensive section regarding Health Problems affecting Leonbergers which we hope you will also find useful.