Common German Shepherd Stomach Problems: Symptoms and Treatment


As many of purebred dogs German Shepherd has a list of the diseases he is prone to. But the most common problem of this dog comes from the fact that he has an extremely sensitive stomach. So let’s see what issues might arise from this.

Twisted Stomach: Symptoms and Treatment

This is very serious condition, painful and potentially life-threatening. It’s affecting many large size deep chested dogs. The condition is usually related to swallowed air and obstructs veins in abdomen, which can lead to the internal organs damage, shock and high blood pressure.

The bloat can be combined with the twisted stomach symptoms, that traps the air, food and water inside, adding to the chances of dog dying. The symptoms of the bloat are:

  • vomiting;
  • strange behavior and anxiety, pacing and licking the air;
  • “hunched up” look;
  • hard and bloated stomach;
  • change of gum color ( from dark res in the beginning to blue on ate stage);
  • absence of normal gurgling noises in abdomen;
  • coughing and gagging;
  • salivating and drooling;
  • panting, breathing shallow and weak pulse;
  • searching for the place to hide and not wishing to lay down or even sit.

There’s no 100 % way of preventing the bloat. What you have to keep in mind is that you should try to give the German Shepherd 2-3 meals a day instead of one large, not to exercise him right after eating and limit the amount of water he can drink at once.

Advice! Keep in your med drawer Simethicone drug, this will buy you some time in case of the bloat. Don’t forget to tell the vet you’ve given a pill to your dog.


There are no breeds specifically predisposed to stomach cancer, but it’s a rather common type of malignant tumor in older dogs. The prognosis for this type of cancer is usually quite poor and not too much can be done to help. The symptoms include:

  • vomiting (also of blood);
  • loss of appetite;
  • blood in excrements;
  • ineffective defecation;
  • abdominal pain.

Stomach Make Noises

As I said before, sensitive stomach is a general problem of all the German Shepherds. You can often hear their intestines growl or making noises. They have diarrhea now and then and sometimes other belly issues.

Best Dog Food for Sensitive Stomach

This can be helped by making sure you pet gets the best dog food there is. Go for high quality products that have a lot of fiber or cook yourself, but make sure you don’t just take the cheapest option from the supermarket shelf or you’re a bad parent for your dog.


Anyway, whatever are your dogs belly problem, don’t flip a coin or guess on the camomile – get veterinary help as soon as possible and then even the bloat will not put your German shepherd in too much danger.

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Written by Silvia Brown
Glad to see you, my friends! I started this blog several years ago as a hobby and continue to write articles about dogs.
I'm a dog lover and the proud owner of two wonderful dogs: French Bulldog Maya and Beagle Tom. It's been more than 10 years since I had a dogs and worked closely with them. I've raised four dogs throughout my life and have experience assisting in the births of two dogs. At least once a week, I volunteer with friends at a dog shelter AMA Animal Rescue and Animal Care Centers of NYC in NY.

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