Leptospirosis in German Shepherds: Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention

It is not unusual to discover leptospirosis in German Shepherds because the breed loves being active outdoors. Dogs are infected with leptospirosis when the spiral-shaped bacteria Leptospira interrogans penetrate their skin and infiltrate into the bloodstream. The spirochete is often found in stagnant water close to places where …

A Guide to Arthritis in German Shepherds

The breeding practices adopted in recent decades make arthritis in German Shepherds more widespread. A major cause of disability in senior dogs, this inflammatory condition can affect any of your pet’s joints – causing pain and discomfort. Arthritis Effects on German Shepherds Arthritis is a medical term used …

Megaesophagus in German Shepherds

Megaesophagus in German Shepherds is a condition that results in an enlarged esophagus, the tube-like part of the digestive system that connects the throat and the stomach. The esophagus’ function is to allow transport of food down to the stomach for digestion. When the esophagus is partly blocked …

Training Your German Shepherd To Be A Guard Dog

Training your German Shepherd to be a guard dog may be a good idea though not easy. German Shepherds are versatile dogs and there is no doubt that they make amazing guard dogs. Naturally protective and intelligent, these dogs are highly trainable and best suited to guard your …

Degenerative Myelopathy in German Shepherds

Degenerative Myelopathy in German Shepherds is a progressive neurological disorder that affects the spinal cord and muscle coordination in their hind limbs. The disease affecting dogs exhibit similar symptoms as found in the case of humans with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis problem. Your German Shepherd suffers from the degeneration of the “white matter” – the outer layer of the spinal cord in the thoracic section, particularly with the loss of myelin sheath around the spine. This white matter contains fibers that transmit movement signals and commands from …

Heartworm Disease in German Shepherds

Heartworm disease in German Shepherds is a type of parasite infestation. Caused by heartworms or dirofilaria immitis, a parasitic roundworm transmitted via mosquito bites, the disease is considered one of the deadliest of parasite infections seen in dogs.   What is Heartworm Disease in German Shepherds? Heartworm disease in German Shepherds can cause irreparable organ damage, heart failure, and death if left untreated. Dog heartworms are found worldwide and …

Bloat in German Shepherds

Bloat in German Shepherds is more common that you think. Bloat is extremely painful, and it can kill your German Shepherd within minutes! Sadly, this health problem is common among big and deep-chested dogs like the Labrador Retriever and the Great Dane. Signs of bloat in dogs need …

Stop Your German Shepherd From Eating Fast

Does your German Shepherd eat too fast? Know how to stop your German Shepherd from eating fast! German Shepherds love food, and while this trait makes them trainable, too much voraciousness can lead to health problems. Not only can their love for food lead to obesity, but it …

Pyometra in Dogs

Did you know that older intact female dogs can suffer from a deadly disease called Pyometra? Pyometra in dogs is a disease that needs to be treated immediately. What is Pyometra in Dogs? Pyometra in dogs is a life-threatening infection of the uterus. The disease got its name …