Bullmastiff Health Problems and Raising a Bullmastiff Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013
The most common health problems in Bullmastiffs:
Hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia top the list. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 4200 Bullmastiffs and found nearly 25% dysplastic. That's horrible, and the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. Elbows are also bad – 14% of 1378 elbow X-rays were dysplastic (and again, the true rate is higher).
Other orthopedic diseases in Bullmastiffs include osteochondritis, cruciate ligament rupture, and Wobbler's syndrome.
The most common eye diseases in Bullmastiffs are eyelid abnormalities (entropion and ectropion), eyelash abnormalities, and cherry eye. Other eye diseases are progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), glaucoma, retinal dysplasia, and persistent pupillary membranes. Fortunately, a simple DNA test is available for PRA in Bullmastiffs, so you can find out at any time whether your dog has the disease, carries the disease, or is completely clear of it.
As with all deep-chested breeds, Bullmastiffs are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.
Cancer (especially lymphosarcoma and osteosarcoma) claims the lives of many Bullmastiffs, and heart disease is becoming a real concern.
Hypothyroidism is somewhat common in the breed.
Urinary diseases are a concern, especially kidney diseases and cystinuria.
Skin diseases are problematic in Bullmastiffs – allergies cause itchy skin and often lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Demodectic mange is common in Bullmastiff puppies and adolescents, and elbow hygroma has been reported.
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Bullmastiff?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Bullmastiffs today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Bullmastiff puppy who is genetically healthy.
- Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Bullmastiff puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Bullmastiff puppy or adult dog:
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Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.
Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Bullmastiff lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.
The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Bullmastiff
The best diet for feeding your Bullmastiff is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.
The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Bullmastiff
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.
Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Bullmastiff puppy really need? Does your adult Bullmastiff need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.
The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.
Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Bullmastiff.
Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.
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