German Shepherd -
Hip Dysplasia & Epilepsy
The German Shepherd is large in
size and is one of the most intelligent dogs that
one can dream to own. This dog breed is great with
children but needs diligent and careful training
Socialization is mandatory or else,
these dogs tend to become very aggressive and even
worse, fear biters.
The German Shepherd always yearns
for long walks with its owner and when amply exercised,
it keeps perfectly healthy. Games, that involve
hiding and hunting objects, too, are recommended
to keep the dog in good health. But, physically
taxing games should not be played with the German
Shepherd immediately after it has had a meal, as
that would lead to gastric torsion and even bloat.
The most desired feature that you
can possibly get in this dog is that it does not
require clipping. A hassle free dog that can be
painlessly trained into one of the finest of pets.
Its protectiveness towards its family and its potential
to be man’s best friend, is quite remarkable.
This breed, however, needs a lot
of exercise to stay fit and can suffer a great deal
if not given its due share. It also tends to suffer
from hip dysplasia and epilepsy.
It is often noticed that the German
Shepherd prefers one of its legs to another while
walking. More often than not, they are found to
favor the hind part of their right leg to their
left. The symptoms become evident after obedience
training or play sessions. An x-ray would reveal
that the dog has been suffering from hip dysplasia.
Veterinarians recommend surgery
as the best resort but it is not always feasible
owing to high expenses. There are medicines available
that go a long way to relieve the German Shepherd
of hip dysplasia. However, if it is a serious case
then surgery would be a smartest option.
The other common ailment that affects
a German Shepherd is epilepsy. The symptoms start
to show when the dog suffers from seizures at regular
Prior to a seizure, the dog first
hunts down a cozy corner for itself. Then its eyes
will well up, its panting will increase and its
mouth will start to drool. Its whole body stiffens
and even shakes all over and nothing short of some
cuddling by the owner would make it feel safe and
The only remedy, aside from the
owner’s love and care, are proper medicines
prescribed by a competent vet.
The German Shepherd, a naturally
hassle free dog, can be a cause for concern when
ill but is usually and undoubtedly one of the best
companions that one can ask for.
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