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Common German Shepherd Dog Medical Conditions
Deutscher Schäferhund Krankheiten
While these may be
common medical conditions, your German shepherd dog will not
necessarily develop any of those listed below.
a chronic neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures.
The symptoms vary in severity but the dog usually foams at the mouth
and appears to be chewing on something. Then he will have violent
muscle contractions, lose bladder or bowel control and faint.
an autoimmune disease in which the dog’s own immune system
attacks his central nervous system, leading to progressive neural
tissue damage. Initially, it affects the hind legs and causes muscle
weakness and a loss of coordination in the hind limbs. The disease
is chronic and progressive.
Hip and elbow
a malformation of the hip or elbow joints that cause arthritis. Dogs
with either of these conditions usually are obviously lame. Signs
may be noted as early as four months of age. When dogs exhibit
symptoms of hip dysplasia they usually are in pain and lame on one
or both rear legs. Severe arthritis can develop as a result of the
malformation of the hip joint and results in pain as the disease
progresses. See effective canine
You don't have to wait until your dog exhibits symptoms.
Although considered a lifelong problem, most dogs can be helped with
can take steps now to minimize the chances your dog will suffer
arthritic pain due to hip dysplasia.
known as “growing pains”, "long bone disease or
“pano”) is a common condition of large rapidly growing
dogs that causes lameness of the front or rear legs. This painful
disorder is most commonly seen in dogs between the ages of five to
12 months. Dogs affected by this condition will grow out of the
problem by 18 months of age but they need pain
management while the condition is active.
chronic and progressive lesions (draining sores) that occur around
the anus of middle aged and older German shepherd dogs. Symptoms
include constant chewing or licking of the perianal area, and
scooting across the floor. Other symptoms may include constipation,
diarrhea, or bloody stool. Ulcers bleeding and a foul-smelling
discharge may be seen around the anus.
a common inherited blood disorder, characterized by a deficiency in
clotting factor VIII. The main symptom of von WD is excessive
bleeding following injury or surgical procedures.
is a neural condition. The cauda equina (CE) is formed by nerve
roots caudal to the level of spinal cord termination. Cauda equina
syndrome (CES) has been defined as low back pain.
is an emergency medical issue caused when the dog's stomach twists
and traps gas in the abdomen. The rapid swelling that results is
painful for the dog and can kill him if left untreated. This
condition is considered acute, and dogs exhibiting abdominal
swelling, retching or other signs of gastric distress should be
brought to their vet or an emergency animal clinic immediately. Do
not take these symptoms lightly. Your German Shepherd Dog will Die!
can see the Anatomy
of a German Shepherd Dog Digestive system and you will realize
that they digest more horizontally compared to Humans that digest
dermatitis ("hot spots"):
is one of two types of bacterial infections confined to the surface
of the skin (the other being "skin fold dermatitis"). It
is caused by allergies, parasites and poor grooming. More
information and treatment.
in German Shepherd Dogs, are one of the most common causes of skin
conditions. Allergies can be difficult
to control and are chronic in nature. There are 3 main types of
allergies in relation to skin conditions. It is possible for a pet
to have a combination of all 3 allergy types: 1. Food Allergy; 2.
Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD); 3. Atopy or Allergic Inhaled
you are looking for a German Shepherd puppy, it is very important to
find a reputable German Shepherd breeder, one who cares about the
breed and who has all breeding stock tested and cleared for various
genetic problems before breeding. It is only by proper testing and
breeding that cleared Specimens that these diseases will be brought