This is the “Gordo”, German Shepherd 12 years idad and Dr. Vanice which has myelopathy Degenerative. The symptoms started about 4 years with incoordination of hind limbs . Today he gets all the care and affection and some medicines for pain control in addition to physical therapy. Despite all that can be said that he is very happy.Who has had or has a German Shepherd probably have or have had contact with one of the most loyal and intelligent dog breeds. The German Shepherd is also one of the most popular breeds in the world and certainly of Brazil, where there are now thousands of pure dogs and hundreds of thousands of crosses that still maintains some of its features.
As in any race, there are some diseases that are observed with greater frequency in the German Shepherd . Among the best known is dysplasia femoral Lame, the Degenerative myelopathy and the folliculitis German shepherd furunculous . Luckily for us, most pastors live their 12 or 14 years with good health, but invariably almost everyone will one day have limited mobility with the hind limbs.
Here are the main diseases that affect German Shepherds .
Gastric torsion, also known as Gastric volvulus , where the stomach distended by food, water or gases ends up twisting on the shaft itself. Treatment is emergency and is surgical.
Lame Femoral dysplasia , which is a defect of joint hip, resulting in pain, claudication (limp) which complicate and osteoarthritis animal with aging.
Elbow dysplasia is the abnormal growth of certain parts of the elbow joint during the growth phase.
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that develops with seizures between ages 2 to 5 years.
Panosteíte is an inflammation of the long bones during the growth phase. This results in pain and claudication (lameness) until the dog becomes adult.
Pyoderma or folliculitis furunculous which is a deep skin infection.
Moist dermatitis Acute, which are areas of skin irritation and itching by licking.
Dermatitis ear tip by insect bites (flies).
Pannus Ophthalmic is a disease of the eye, resulting in inflammation.
Corneal dystrophy , hereditary which is bilateral (both eyes) which is not accompanied by inflammation of the cornea or systemic disease.
Degenerative myelopathy is a progressive degenerative disease of the spinal cord resulting in weakness of the limbs that progresses slowly and eventually preventing the mobility of the hind limbs.
Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency is other pancreatic dysfunction which results in the inability to properly digest food.
Malassezia dermatitis – is a yeast infection of the skin caused by Malassezia fungi.
Food allergy may occur in some pets. Affected animals develop secondary skin lesions to some food ingredients
Perianal fistula – is an infection and development of fistulas of the anal glands and tissues around the anal area.
The achalasia idiopathic congenital – is a dilation of the esophagus, causing regurgitation of food.
Lymphocytic enteritis plasma cell which is a form of inflammatory bowel disease
In addition, German Shepherds have a higher incidence of allergies, ear infections and malignant cancer as hemangiosarcoma and lymphoma.
If well managed, despite the above list they can live very well on average 10 to 14 years We know that every dog is unique and may have other features and even other diseases, but those listed above are the most commonly seen.