Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Health Disorders of English Mastiff Dog

The Mastiff is a particularly large dog demanding correct diet and exercise. Excessive engine is not recommended for the first two years of the dog. However, regular exercise should be maintained throughout the life of the dog, in order to prevent indolent and preventing a number of health problems. A smooth surface is recommended for the dog to sleep, to prevent the development of calluses, arthritis, and hygroma (an acute inflammatory swelling). Given the enormous size of the breed, the offspring could be smothered or crushed by the mother during lactation. A window in childbirth, along with careful monitoring can prevent these accidents. The mastiff average is about seven years, although it is not uncommon for some to live 10-11 years.
The main problems include hip dysplasia and bloat. Minor problems include obesity, osteosarcoma, and cystinuria. Problems only occasionally found include cardiomyopathy, allergies, vaginal hyperplasia, cruciate ligament rupture, hypothyroidism, OCD, entropion, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and persistent pupillary membranes (ppm).
When buying a mastiff breed, experts often suggest that the dog tested for hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, thyroid, and DNA for PRA.

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