German Shepherd Health Concerns
The German Shepherd Health Concerns
The German Shepherd is prone to the following health
Canine Hip Dysplasia - Hip dysplasia is an abnormal
formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe
form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful
arthritis of the joints. It is a polygenic trait, that
is affected by environmental factors in the production
of the final phenotype. It can be found in many animals
and occasionally in humans, but is most commonly associated
with dogs, and is common in many dog breeds, particularly
the larger breeds.
Elbow Dysplasia - Elbow dysplasia is a condition involving
multiple developmental abnormalities of the elbow-joint
in the dog, specifically the growth of cartilage or
the structures surrounding it. These abnormalities,
known as 'primary lesions', give rise to osteoarthritic
Aspergillus - Aspergillus is a fatal systemic fungal
The German Shepherd is prone to the following minor
Panosteitis - Panosteitis is a common bone disease
in dogs. It manifests with sudden, otherwise unexplained
pain and lameness sometimes shifting from leg to leg,
usually between 5 and 14 months of age.
von Willebrand's Disease - von Willebrand's Disease
is a condition where you have defective blood platelet
function resulting in excessive bleeding, caused a by
a deficiency in clotting factor.
Degenerative Myelopathy - Degenerative myelopathy is
a progressive disease of the spinal cord in older dogs.
The disease has an insidious onset typically between
8 and 14 years of age. It begins with a loss of coordination
(ataxia) in the hind limbs. The affected dog will wobble
when walking, knuckle over or drag the feet.
Hot Spots and Skin Allergies - Hot Spots - Hot spots
are infected sores and skin lesions, often exacerbated
by a dogs biting at them.
Malignant Neoplasm - Malignant Neoplasm are a tumor
that is malignant and tends to spread to other parts
of the body.
Pannus - Pannus is a medical term for a hanging flap
of tissue. When involving the abdomen, it is called
a panniculus and consists of skin, fat, and sometimes
contents of the internal abdomen as part of a hernia.
Cataracts - Cataracts are opacities in the lens of
the eye, which can cause blindness.
Gastric Torsion - Gastric Torsion is a medical condition
in which the stomach becomes overstretched by excessive
gas content. It is also commonly referred to as bloat,
gastric torsion, and gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV)
when the stomach is also twisted.
Cardiomyopathy - Cardiomyopathy, which literally means
"heart muscle disease," is the deterioration of the
function of the myocardium or heart muscle.
Hemangiosarcomas - Hemangiosarcomas are a form of cancer
which originates in the endothelium, which is the lining
of blood vessels and spleen. Hemangiosarcoma is a rare,
rapidly growing, highly invasive variety of cancer.
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