GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG HEALTH
From our experience working with dogs, we believe all health concerns can be divided into two categories: Emergency and Non-Emergency. First category requires immediate medical attention and immediate medical intervention (in most cases - within 24 hours) and second - can wait, there is time to do research and get second opinion. It is important to understand the difference and recognize emergencies. We have seen a situation when a dog owner did not realize that the situation was in fact an emergency and took time to do their own research, this resulted in loosing a puppy. The rule of thumb - if you are questioning it - go to the vet.
While we will be discussing health conditions that are more common to German Shepherd Dogs, many are applicable to other breeds as well. We will try our best to add to this page as much as we know and continue updating as we learn more ourselves. We believe that when an owner understands the condition better or knows signs of a health condition, they can react faster. Some situations require immediate medical attention - so do not waste your time researching the condition online when your pet is in discomfort. Rather use this page in your free time to learn about possible situations when things are good. If your beloved pet shows signs of discomfort, pain, severe diarrhea or vomiting - call your vet and seek medical care immediately. In situations like bloat, every second counts. Please only use these resources to educate yourself not to diagnose a condition in your pet.
Common Health Concerns (listed alphabetically)
Auto Immune Hemolytic Anemia - Benign Skin Tumors - Blastomycosis - Bloat - Coprophagia - Degenerative Myelopathy - Demodectic Mange - Ear Infections - Ehrlichiosis - Elbow Dysplasia -Enteritis/Diarrhea - Epilepsy(seizures) - Eye Inflammation - First Aid - Gastritis/Vomiting - Giardia - Heart Murmurs - Hip dysplasia - Hypothyroidism - Intussusception - Loose Ligamentation/Cow Hocks - Mega Esophagus - Osteoarthritis - Osteosarcoma - Overbite/Underbite - Pancreatic Insufficiency - Panosteitis - Parasites & Wormings - Parvovirus infection - Pyoderma / Hot Spots - Retained Testicle - Ruptured Anterior Cruciate - Skin Allergies - Skin Problems - Soft Ears - Spondylitis - Swimmer/Splay leg Syndrome - Toxic Gut Syndrome - Triple Pelvic Osteotomy - Umbilical Hernia - Urinary Tract Infections - Vaccine protocol - von Willebrand Disease