10 Common German Shepherd Health Issues

Elbow Dysplasia

Similar to hip dysplasia, this condition affects the elbow joint, causing lameness and discomfort.

Degenerative Myelopathy

A progressive neurological disease that affects the spinal cord, leading to hind limb weakness and paralysis.

Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI)

A condition where the pancreas fails to produce enough digestive enzymes, resulting in weight loss, diarrhea, and malnutrition.

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV)

Also known as bloat, this is a life-threatening condition where the stomach fills with gas and twists on itself.


German Shepherds can be prone to seizures caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain.

Hip Dysplasia

A genetic condition where the hip joint doesn't develop properly, leading to mobility issues and pain.


Environmental and food allergies can cause skin irritation, itching, and gastrointestinal issues in German Shepherds.


This condition primarily affects young German Shepherds and causes inflammation and lameness in the long bones of the legs.


A type of cancer that commonly affects German Shepherds, particularly in the spleen, liver, and heart.


German Shepherds are prone to developing arthritis, a degenerative joint disease that causes pain and stiffness.

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