Health Problem Of German Shepherds

German shepherds are generally healthy animals, but like all breeds, they are prone to certain health conditions. But not all German Shepherds will have any or all of these diseases, it is important to be aware of this if you are thinking of adopting a dog of this breed.

The following diseases are some of the most common that can suffer the German Shepherd breed.


It is a bacterial disease that can contract dogs if they bathe or drink from puddles or rivers where they have urinated rats. The best way to combat this disease is to vaccinate our puppies. The basic symptoms of this disease are

The best way to combat this disease is to vaccinate our puppies. The basic symptoms of this disease are a cough, muscle soreness, fever, vomiting and respiratory problems.

Brucellosis dogs

A bacterial disease that can contract our dog if it ingests some infectious residue, also by venereal route. This disease produces sterility and testicular inflammation in males and produces abortions in females that are in the gestation period.

Treatment of this disease is by antibiotics. If your dog shows a slight symptom contact your veterinarian.

Hip dysplasia

If your pet has limp, pain and inflammation in the joints, you may have this disease.

It is one of the most typical ailments of the German Shepherd and consists of a condition or dysplasia of the bones. The hip problems in German shepherds are hereditary and congenital, being able to completely decalcify the specimen and the way to detect it is by radiographs.

To reduce the effects of this disease on our pet we can limit exercise, control their diet and not use products that accelerate growth, it is necessary to consult with a veterinarian who studies the case and recommend the option that best suits each case since sometimes surgery is necessary.


Usually, of infectious origin, it consists of the inflammation of the mammary glands of the dog. To try to keep our dog in a clean and disinfected place, consult with the veterinarian


This disease begins with a cough and later can be observed as the animal begins to run and tears, being able to suffer pneumonia, vomiting, and diarrhea.

It is a contagious and deadly disease, so it is important to contact a veterinarian, as this disease can be combated with antibiotics. To avoid the disease it is advisable to vaccinate throughout our lives our pet.

Canine Parvovirus

The symptoms of this disease are vomiting and diarrhea, sometimes leading to bleeding. This virus is transmitted through the feces of the infected animal, leaving the virus active on the ground for a long time.
If your German Shepherd gets this disease administer a serum to prevent dehydration.


If our pet is very thirsty, urinating in abundance, vomiting, fever, lack of appetite and difficulty for movement can present this disease, which consists of an accumulation of pus in the uterine cavity. In severe cases, this disease can lead the animal to death as a result of toxins released into the blood.

It is a very high-risk disease for females, so it must be treated on time. Sterilization of the animal is recommended.


If our pet limps and shows pain when walking, pus, skin infections, prostration, sores or cracks, can suffer this infection that is caused by parasites such as scabies. Causes are excessive moisture or disinfectants normally used in the home.

The way to treat it is to wash the affected area with water and neutral soap and later to dry the zone well. Take the veterinarian as soon as possible.

Contagious venereal tumor

Despite the name, It is not one of the most serious diseases that can suffer our pet, since the treatment is medicated and usually has a good prognosis.

It consists of a tumor that is transmitted from one animal to another by sexual contact, it almost always appears in the external genitals, in the males, it is located in the penis, and in the females in the vagina or in the vulva.


The most obvious symptoms of this disease are the loss of appetite, pain, vomiting, bladder infection, milky urine and with bad smell, also calculations are observed in the urinary touch.

It consists of stones that totally or partially block the flow resulting in painful urination. The fact that our dog urinates infrequently can contribute to the formation of stones.

Many times the problem can be derived from a poor diet with an excess of proteins.

Although in extreme cases this disease is resolved surgically, it is also usually treated with a diet with reduced amounts of certain minerals and proteins, as well as antibiotics for the infection.


This condition is caused by infectious causes inflammation of the vagina.

This causes a bad smell, accompanied by a yellowish color in the vaginal mucosa. Treatment of this disease is based on antibiotics.


If our pet shows symptoms of pain in the eye, the pupil dilates the opaque cornea and the reddish gaze is likely to suffer from this disease.

Because of these will rub the eye with the paw or against some surfaces.

Primary glaucoma is hereditary and characterized by an increase in intraocular pressure, this disease manifests itself at 2 or 3 years and initially affects one eye, but eventually spreads to the other.

Glaucoma usually resolves with a surgical procedure, and it is important to notify the veterinarian when our pet suffers the first symptoms.