Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Health Problems and Raising a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2015
The most common health problems in Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs:
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club conducted a health survey that included nearly 850 dogs. They found the typical lifespan for their breed to be just under 7 years old. That's pretty sad for a companion dog.
The three most common causes of death, accounting for approximately 70% of the deaths reported in the survey, were: cancer (27%), bloat (21%), and epilepsy (21%).
The most common orthopedic diseases in Swissies (not in any particular order) are osteochondritis, panosteitis, hip dysplasia, and elbow dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 1570 Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs and found 19% dysplastic. That's bad, and the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. Similarly, 1175 elbow X-rays were evaluated and 12% were dysplastic. Again, the true rate is higher.
The most common eye diseases were eyelash abnormalities (with up to 20% of the breed affected), eyelid abnormalities (entropion and ectropion), and cataracts.
Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).
Colitis (inflammatory bowel syndrome) occurs regularly in Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, as do urinary infections.
Heart disease is a growing concern in the breed.
Blood-clotting diseases (von Willebrand's, thrombocytopenia, and thrombocytopathia) also occur in Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs.
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Greater Swiss Mountain Dog?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog 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 Greater Swiss Mountain Dog puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Greater Swiss Mountain Dog puppy or adult dog:
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