When it comes to illness, German Shepherds are not exempted. Just like humans, they are exposed to different stimulus and situations which often leads to several illnesses. But the good news is most of these illnesses are curable.

German Shepherds are popularly known with their loyalty and love for their family. They are highly intelligent and are commonly seen as Police dogs in almost every part of the country.

Read on to learn more about the different medical conditions that may afflict your beloved canine friend.


Hip and Elbow Dysplasia


This medical condition is a problem found in the elbow or hip joint of your pet. Their joint is fragile and can become easily dislocated. It is an abnormality that affects your dog’s joints. When this occurs, you may notice a huge difference with their gait, particularly when they walk. This will often result in immobility due to the pain. The disease is hereditary.


Bloat or medically termed as gastric dilatation-volvulus, bloat is not a long-term disease. Any dog can experience bloating. This can be often painful. It is sometimes caused by eating yeast found in many doughs, or it can be because your dog was not able to eat his meals on time.

What happens is that his stomach will be filled with air, fluid and sometimes food causing it to expand. When the stomach twists, it would not allow your dog to release all the buildup on its stomach.

You know that your dog has to bloat if he attempts to throw up but unable to do so, enlarged stomach and pacing. You should call your vet right away.

Spondylosis Deformans

The condition is characterized by the formation of bone growth along the spine. Although most dog breeds can have the condition, only German Shepherds are predisposed to the illness.

If left untreated, it can become very painful. By casually feeling around his spine, can help to catch these nasty bone growth before it’s too late.


German Shepherds are predisposed to developing immune system disorders and one common disorder is called Lupus. When the immune system starts attacking the body’s own normal cells, it can be a life-threatening condition. The Lupus in German shepherds is divided into two, discoid lupus erythematosus and systemic lupus erythematosus. The discoid lupus erythematosus affects the dog’s skin.

This will make their skin become crusty, red, itchy and unhealthy looking. The systemic lupus erythematosus affects all the dog’s organs causing muscle atrophy and organ failure. Among the first symptoms, you will notice, is that your pet will have a decreased appetite.

Degenerative Myelopathy

The condition affects the myelin sheaths that provide a protective cover to the dog’s spinal cord. What happens is that the condition removes the sheath causing the loss of coordination of your pet and eventually causes paralysis of the legs. Although this is a very rare illness, German Shepherds are predisposed to this medical condition.

There is no known cause of the problem and there is no known cure. However, you can rest assured that this illness is very rare.

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