German Shepherd Dog diseases - Part 2

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German Shepherd Dog diseases - Part 2

  • Intervertebral disk disease is a disorder that affects the spinal disks resulting in pain, difficulty walking and possibly paralysis.

  • Diabetes is a disease of the pancreas related to insufficient amounts of insulin production.

  • Pancreatic insufficiency is another pancreatic disease that results in inability to digest food properly.

  • Malassezia Dermatitis - is a yeast infection of the skin caused by Malassezia pachydermatitis.

  • Food Allergy can occur in some pets. Affected pets develop skin lesions secondary to some food ingredients

  • Perianal Fistula - is an infection and development of fistulas of the anal glands and tissues around the anal area.

  • Aortic Stenosis - this disease is caused by stenosis of the aorta and causing symptoms such as weakness, collapse and sudden death.

  • Pericardial Effusion – is an accumulation of fluid within the pericardial space. It can be caused by tumors of the heart or idiopathic (no known cause).

  • Congenital Idiopathic Megaesophagus - is a dilatation of the esophagus caused by decreased contraction of the muscles, causing food regurgitation.

  • Lymphocytic plasmacytic enteritis (LPE) is a form of inflammatory bowel disease

  • Lick granuloma is a condition in which the dog licks an area excessively, usually on the front leg, until a raised, firm ulcerated lesion is formed.

  • Anal Sac Adenocarcinoma is an adenocarcinoma of the anal glands.

  • Testicular tumors are tumors that involve the testicles in intact male dogs.

  • Dwarfism is a deficiency of growth hormone (GH), which is normally secreted by the pituitary gland.

  • Cataracts cause the lens of the eye to loose transparency and can result in blindness.

  • Lens luxation is a dislocation or displacement of the lens within the eye.

    In addition, German shepherds have a higher incidence of allergies, ear infections and malignant cancer such as hemangiosarcoma and Lymphoma.

    Life Span

    The average life span for a German shepherd dog is 10 to 13 years.

    We realize that each dog is unique and may display other characteristics. This profile provides generally accepted breed information only.

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    Common Diseases

    German Shepherd
    • Hip Dysplasia Hip dysplasia is a painful, crippling disease that causes a dog's hip to weaken, deteriorate and become arthritic.
    • Gastric Torsion (Bloat) Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV) often referred to as "bloat", is a serious condition caused by abnormal dilatation and twisting of the stomach.
    • Panosteitis Panosteitis is an inflammation involving various layers of the bones of young, growing dogs.
    • Pyoderma Pyoderma is a bacterial infection of the skin. Pyoderma can be divided into superficial pyoderma (infection within the skin) or deep pyoderma (infection under the skin).
    • Pannus Pannus, also referred to as chronic superficial keratitis, is a chronic inflammation of the cornea and sometimes the third eyelid of both eyes.

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