Although German Shepherds are very hardy and healthy dogs, they can sometimes get hit very hard by some health issues. Some of these are life threatening and definitely require prompt attention if you hope to save your pooch. To help you out, here are some of the most important signs that your German Shepherd dog is dying.
Unusual stance and uncoordinated walking
If you notice your German Shepherd walking weird then there is probably something very wrong with their health. Unusual gait and uncoordinated movements are often associated with issues like joint dysplasia, spinal degeneration, or arthritis.
However, it could be as a result of serious health complications from other more serious conditions including cancer and other diseases of the central nervous system.
Intense shivering and muscle twitching
German Shepherds are built to withstand cold weather with their thick, double coats. Therefore, if you notice your doggy shivering a lot, it could mean that they are not doing very well. This usually happens in the later stages of serious health issues where metabolism and the body’s heat regulation mechanisms start to fail?
Another sign your GSD may be dying is weight loss. This is more often than not associated with reduced appetite and reduced energy levels. It is important to make mealtimes easier for them by switching to softer and more flavorful foods.
Changes in mood and behavior
German Shepherds are very brave and confident dogs and are rarely afraid of anything or anyone. Therefore, if you notice behavior changes including the dog becoming finicky and reserved, there is reason to get worried.
General sickly appearance
A healthy German Shepherd has a muscular build, full and smooth coat, and a confident stance. Any deviation from the normal appearance could be a sign of serious illness. This includes muscle wasting and most importantly, coat changes like dullness and alopecia.