Most common health problems in Cane Corsos, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your Cane Corso

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Cane Corso, 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 Cane Corso 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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Quick list of Cane Corso health problems

The Cane Corso has sky-high rates of hip dysplasia (39-58% affected)and elbow dysplasia (16-22% affected). Corsos are also prone to tearing/rupturing the cruciate ligament in their hind legs. All of these orthopedic disorders cause pain and lameness that can require expensive surgery.

Heart disease is a major concern in the breed, with 1 out of every 5 Corsos affected. Epilepsy is a major concern in the breed, with 1 out of every 7 Corsos affected. About 1 in every 3 Cane Corsos is affected by at least one eye disease.

Cane Corsos are at higher-than-average risk for suffering an emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat, which can kill a dog within hours.

Cancer claims the lives of many giant breeds, including Cane Corsos.

Skin diseases are common, especially chronic allergies that cause itchy skin, and infections that occur in the folds of wrinkled skin.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Cane Corso have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hip and elbow dysplasia, hereditary eye diseases, and heart disease, your Cane Corso 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 Cane Corso, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Cane Corso 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 Cane Corso puppy or adult dog:

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Information on booster shots for your Cane Corso. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
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Information on spaying your Cane Corso. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
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Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
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Information on choosing the best vet for your Cane Corso. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
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Complete list of Cane Corso health problems

Orthopedic diseases are rampant in the Cane Corso:

  • With 1300 hip X-rays evaluated by the Orthopedic Foundation of America, the Cane Corso has a 39% of hip dysplasia – the 13th worst rate of all breeds. And the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. Confirming this, the Cane Corso Coalition conducted a health survey that reported a horrible 58% hip dysplasia rate.
  • Elbow dysplasia is also a major problem, with the OFA reporting a rate of 16% and the coalition survey reporting at least 22%.
  • Other orthopedic health problems in the Cane Corso include panosteitis, osteochondritis, luxating patella, cruciate ligament rupture, and Wobbler's syndrome.

Heart disease (especially cardiomyopathy and mitral valve disease) is a serious concern in Cane Corsos. 18% of the Cane Corsos in the Coalition survey had a heart disorder.

Epilepsy is another serious concern, with 16% of the Corsos in the coalition survey affected by a seizure disorder.

With their deep chest, Cane Corsos are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.

Cancer claims the lives of many giant breeds, including Cane Corsos.

About one in every three Cane Corsos is affected by at least one eye disease. Most common are cherry eye, eyelid abnormalities (entropion and ectropion), and dry eye.

Skin diseases are common, especially allergies (often leading to pyoderma), which affects one in every four Cane Corsos. Demodectic mange is very common in all mastiff breeds – 37% of the Cane Corsos in the coalition survey were affected by demodex mites. Demodectic mange usually affects Cane Corso puppies and adolescents. Other health issues involving the skin are skin fold dermatitis, deep pyoderma, elbow hygroma, and chin folliculitis.

Hypothyroidism is common in all giant breeds, with up to 20% of Cane Corsos affected. Colitis and blood-clotting disease (von Willebrand's) have been reported in Cane Corsos.


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