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Sensible advice for raising your Great Pyrenees puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Great Pyrenees, the best dog food diet for feeding Great Pyrenees puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.

11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Great Pyrenees dog breed

Great Pyrenees Health Problems and Raising a Great Pyrenees Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2016

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Great Pyrenees:

Cancer claims the lives of many Great Pyrenees, especially osteosarcoma (bone cancer) and reproductive cancers.

The most common orthopedic disease in the Great Pyrenees is hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 5000 Great Pyrenees and found 9% dysplastic. Other orthopedic diseases in the breed include elbow dysplasia, osteochondritis, and luxating patella (loose knees).

As with all deep-chested breeds, Great Pyrenees are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.

The most common eye diseases are eyelid abnormalities (entropion and ectropion. Other eye diseases include cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).

Heart disease (tricuspid dysplasia) is a concern in the breed.

The most common skin diseases in Great Pyrenees are allergies (which cause itchy skin and often lead to pyoderma) and demodectic mange. Sebaceous adenitis has been reported.

According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 11% of Great Pyrenees have hypothyroidism.

Inherited deafness and blood-clotting diseases (Factor XI deficiency, von Willebrand's, and hemophilia B) occur regularly in Great Pyrenees. Occasionally reported are degenerative spinal myelopathy and chondrodysplasia.

Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Great Pyrenees?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Great Pyrenees today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Great Pyrenees puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. 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 Great Pyrenees puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

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

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
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Read my advice on daily health care so your Great Pyrenees lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.

Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Great Pyrenees
The best diet for feeding your Great Pyrenees is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.

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

Information on booster shots for your Great Pyrenees. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Great Pyrenees puppy really need? Does your adult Great Pyrenees need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.

Information on choosing the best vet for your Great Pyrenees. 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.

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

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

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