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Common German Shepherd Dog Medical Conditions

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While these may be common medical conditions, your German shepherd dog will not necessarily develop any of those listed below.

  • Epilepsy is 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.

  • Degenerative myelopathy is 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 dysplasia is 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 arthritis treatment  You don't have to wait until your dog exhibits symptoms. Although considered a lifelong problem, most dogs can be helped with surgery. You can take steps now to minimize the chances your dog will suffer arthritic pain due to hip dysplasia.  

  • Panosteitis (also 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.

  • Perianal fistulas are 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.

  • von Willebrand's Disease is 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.

  • Cauda equina syndrome 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.

  • Bloat Bloat 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! You 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 more vertically.

  • Pyotraumatic 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.

  • Skin allergies: Allergies 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 Dermatitis.

Health guarantees:

If 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 under control.

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