German Shepherds make wonderful pets but unfortunately for them and their owners, they often have health problems. Among these digestive problems and stomach sensitivity. These range from mild to fatal, so it is very important to monitor your dog’s health and bowel movements (although they can be gross).
If you own a German Shepherd dog you should regularly consult your veterinarian regarding your dog’s diet. Depending on the issues you’re facing, you may need to adapt by eliminating certain types of food, adding supplements, or even designing a raw diet.
With attention and concern, you should be able to control your dog’s stomach problems so that he can live happily ever after and you won’t have to clean up a lot of mess.
Diarrhea in German Shepherds can be caused by a number of factors, but the most common cause is an intolerance to food or parasites. If your dog regularly has diarrhea, your first step should usually be to check for parasites, which your veterinarian can help treat.
If there is no parasite present, your dog will likely react negatively to something in his food. Foods such as milk, fats, heavy fiber, and cereals can contribute to diarrhea. You may need to do a little trial and error to find what helps your dog.
Other behavioral factors such as overeating and anxiety (or extreme stress) can lead to diarrhea. You should always ensure that you do not overfeed your dog, German Shepherds have a sensitive stomach and they can develop diarrhea relatively quickly. Therefore, make sure you do not overfeed your dog and that you provide regular moderate exercise to relieve stress. Do not exercise right after eating.
2- Esosinophilic gastroenteritis
Esosinophilic gastroenteritis is an infection of the intestine and stomach in a dog. Chronic diarrhea, especially watery diarrhea, may be a sign of this disorder. Other symptoms are vomiting, lack of appetite, and weight loss.
A veterinarian should be able to diagnose the problem using a stool sample. Gastroenteritis can be treated with steroids or other drugs that line the digestive system and help reduce inflammation. Inflammatory bowel disease, which is a group of disorders that also cause inflammation in the digestive system, causes similar symptoms and must also be treated by a veterinarian.
German Shepherds are prone to developing ulcers, which can occur in conjunction with other digestive problems as a result of taking medications for other problems (such as pain relievers for hip dysplasia).
An ulcer is an ulcer caused by a break in the lining of the stomach or intestine. It can cause dog pain and may lead to loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting (sometimes including blood), bloody stools, weakness, and anemia. Often times, treating an ulcer requires treating an underlying condition. Your veterinarian may also need to treat your dog to return fluid levels to normal.
4- Insufficient pancreatic secretions
Secretory insufficiency of the solitary pancreas occurs when the dog’s pancreas does not produce enough digestive enzymes. Their digestive system needs these enzymes to break down protein, fats and starches. If the puppy has EPI, he will not be able to absorb the nutrients from foods. This means that even if he eats an appropriate diet, he can develop malnutrition and even starvation if not treated properly.
If your dog has EPI, you may notice that he always appears hungry and is losing weight despite eating it normally. They may also eat things they would not normally eat, including faeces. Dogs with EPI often experience a large amount of flatulence and may poop a lot. Their stools may be liquid and turn yellow.
EPI can be diagnosed with a blood test. Due to its extreme risk, it is important to test your dog whenever he has been suffering from a problem with his digestive system for a long time, especially if he is starting to lose weight. Your veterinarian can help you treat an EPI with a specialized diet and supplementation of enzymes, vitamins, and antibiotics.
5- Toxic bowel syndrome
Toxic bowel syndrome is less common than other digestive health issues, but it occurs more commonly in German Shepherds compared to other dog breeds. It is important to be aware of this syndrome as it is often fatal and can kill very quickly.
German Shepherds are naturally rich in a type of intestinal bacteria called Clostridium. Under certain conditions, these bacteria can multiply in large numbers, entering the dog’s bloodstream and exerting a toxic effect. Unfortunately, when this happens, the dog usually dies within a few hours. Because toxic bowel syndrome causes death quickly, it is important to prevent it.
Some veterinarians recommend nutritional supplements containing yogurt that help control the levels of bacteria in the dog’s intestine. You should talk to your veterinarian about the best plan to prevent toxic bowel syndrome.
German Shepherd with upset stomach is common. Although I used to have someone who could eat almost everything and was fit all the time (he’s 14 years old and has never had a problem in his life), this isn’t always the case.
I had one GSD that contained worms as many times a year as a clock. He had diarrhea, stopped eating and got skinny in a couple of days, it looked like a sad dog. The first time you might be surprised and not know what happens, but you will learn to see the signs and take appropriate action. Ultimately, I think he was more likely to have bowel problems, as he died of bowel cancer problems around the age of ten.
For another dog, we had to change his food several times before he eats it happily. He is eating well now, but he enjoys eating things from the garden and sometimes vomits or has diarrhea, I think he will never learn and you cannot watch him all the time. He is 7 years old now so I’m afraid he will run into serious trouble when he gets older and he won’t recover anymore.