Fila Brasileiro Health Problems and Raising a Fila Brasileiro Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013
The most common health problems in the Fila Brasileiro:
Filas have extremely high rates of hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 560 Fila Brasileiros and found 29% dysplastic. – the 17th worst rate of 142 breeds. Of 153 elbow X-rays, nearly 22% were dysplastic – the 6th worst rate of 82 breeds. And the true rates are even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation.
Other orthopedic diseases in the Fila Brasileiro include osteochondritis, panosteitis, and luxating patella.
As with all deep-chested breeds, the Fila Brasileiro is at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.
This is an uncommon breed and not much health information is available, but you can expect many of the same problems found in other mastiff-type breeds. Along those lines, I would be most concerned about inherited cancers, heart diseases, hypothyroidism, skin diseases (allergies, demodectic mange, pyoderma, elbow hygroma) and eye diseases (cherry eye, entropion, and ectropion).
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Fila Brasileiro?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Filas Brasileiro today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Fila Brasileiro 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 Fila Brasileiro puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Fila Brasileiro puppy or adult dog:
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Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
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