Most common health problems in Bullmastiffs, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your Bullmastiff

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Bullmastiff, you'll find my health care program very valuable.

It's called "11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy."

Raise your dog the RIGHT way, feed him the RIGHT food, give him the RIGHT vaccinations, avoid unnecessary veterinary expenses, and help him live a longer, happier, and more comfortable life.

If your Bullmastiff already HAS a health problem, I'm sorry to hear that. You should immediately begin my health care program, and you may be able to restore his good health – or at least make him much more comfortable. Let me help!

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Bullmastiff dog breed

Bullmastiff Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Quick list of Bullmastiff health problems

Serious joint issues are common in this giant breed. Hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia top the list, followed by osteochondritis and cruciate ligament rupture, all of which cause pain and lameness that can require expensive surgery.

Heart disease is a big issue, and cancer claims the lives of many Bullmastiffs.

Other major concerns are hereditary eye diseases, urinary diseases, thyroid disease, and an emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Bullmastiff have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hip and elbow dysplasia, heart diseases, thyroid disease, and hereditary eye diseases, your Bullmastiff has less risk of developing those conditions.

Other health problems can be prevented, or partially prevented, by the ways you raise your dog. If you're serious about doing everything you can for your Bullmastiff, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Bullmastiff puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways. It will help you be your dog's health care champion!


Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Bullmastiff puppy or adult dog:

Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton 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.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Bullmastiff
Food is the #1 foundation for good health. The best diet for feeding your dog is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, fish....these are not just "people foods" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Bullmastiff. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Bullmastiff
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Bullmastiff. 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 some vets aren't telling you.


Information on spaying your Bullmastiff. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female dog.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Bullmastiff. 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.


Assisi Loop Assisi Loop Review: How I Helped Treat Inflammation and Pain
Does your dog suffer from arthritis, hip dysplasia, disk disease, colitis, a skin wound? My honest review of a veterinary device you can use at home to help reduce inflammation and pain.


Complete list of Bullmastiff health problems

Hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia top the list. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 6200 Bullmastiffs and found nearly 25% dysplastic. That's horrible. Elbows are also bad – 16% of 2800 elbow X-rays were dysplastic.

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.


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