Hip Dysplasia: German Shepherds are prone to canine hip dysplasia (CHD) In fact, nearly 20% of all GSDs suffer from this congenital disorder. CHD usually starts early, around 4 months old, and worsens over time.
Osteoarthritis: A painful condition caused by joint inflammation. It’s more common in big dogs, like German Shepherds, and contributing factors include advanced age, obesity, repetitive stress, and injury.
Panosteitis: A painful inflammatory condition most commonly affecting German Shepherds. It can cause severe leg pain, weight loss, and lameness. Usually, it occurs in male dogs under 2 years old.
Degenerative Myelopathy: DM is a devastating neurological disease that causes a slow, progressive degeneration of white matter around the spinal column eventually resulting in complete paralysis. This rare disease is thought to affect around 2% of GSDs.