Tag: Dog Diseases

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Parvo in German Shepherds: What is Canine Parvovirus?

Canine Parvovirus (CPV) is a disease often seen in German Shepherd puppies. CPV or Parvo is a highly fatal viral disease in young puppies. This disease is highly contagious. The CPV attacks rapidly dividing cells in a dog or puppy’s body – severely affecting and destroying the intestinal …