Health Problems in the German Shepherd
The German shepherd breed is an outstanding companion. Nevertheless, like several other large dog breeds, there
are some health problems that seriously jeopardize the ability of the German Shepherd to live their entire
Some of the serious health concern in this breed range from mild conditions or disorder to life threatening
conditions that are commonly reported even in the pure breed German Shepherd dog.
During their growth, the bone and joint are characterized by disorders like all other large breeds of
If your German shepherd is affected, he may exhibit no signs initially, or he may exhibit soreness on the hip
region or lameness, and the dog will also be very cautious about its movement. Hip dysplasia is the condition that
is commonly reported in this breed of dogs and it is usually a common concern for most German shepherd owners. This
condition causes leg muscles waste and a sudden change of the stance and gait of the dog.
In addition to hip dysplasia, GSDs also suffer from Hemangiosarcoma, a cancer of the cells of internal wall of
the blood vessels. This disorder is clearly seen in all the body organs such as spleen, skin, heart and liver. This
is characterized by a distended abdomen and pale coloured gums. This condition is serious and may be fatal as it
has been reported in some cases to be fatal if the dog does not receive immediate veterinary care.
Inter-vertebral disc dislocation has also been widely reported in the German shepherd and it has bee linked to
the wobbling syndrome that is observed in the German shepherd as they age. This is shown by the weakness of the
hind legs, lack of good gait, locomotion and coordination of the affected limbs. Experts say that the cause of this
condition is due multiple factorials and it is highly attributed to the major conditions as they have been
Skin allergies and infections are also not strange in German shepherd. They have been thought to be related to
the deficiency of the thyroid gland hormone that is important for normal metabolism in the body.
The skin conditions may also result from reduced immunity and this gives bacteria a chance to thrive in the skin
wound and they cause a septicemia that can be very dangerous for the general health of the dog. German shepherds
also commonly suffer from an eye condition that is caused by increased keratin in the eye and this condition is
commonly called pannus.
Keeping a German Shepherd as a pet is an enormous responsibility to you as a pet owner because they have a wide
range of health conditions that are associated with them. Though these conditions are treatable or manageable, the
biggest shortcoming is that these conditions are as a result of inherent genes that are in this breed of dogs. You
should therefore be ready to have a vet contact if your pet show signs of any of the health conditions discussed in
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