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Cane Corso Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton, Dog Trainer, Breed Selection Consultant, Author of 15 Dog Books

Cane Corso

Start your Cane Corso off on the right foot by feeding the right food, giving the right vaccinations, finding the right vet, and if you're going to spay or neuter, don't do it too early.

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Cane Corso Health Problems

Or check out my advice for raising a healthy Cane Corso puppy or adult dog:

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Information on spaying 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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Cane Corso

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.

Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if your dog inherits from his parents the genes for an eye disease called PRA, he will go blind and there's nothing anyone can do about it.

Dog feeding and health book by Michele Welton But most health problems can be prevented by the ways you raise your dog.

FREE eBOOK! My free online health care program, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to raise your Cane Corso in all the right ways that help prevent health problems. Become your dog's health care champion!

Michele Welton with BuffyAbout the author: Michele Welton has over 40 years of experience as a Dog Trainer, Dog Breed Consultant, and founder of three Dog Training Centers. An expert researcher and author of 15 books about dogs, she loves helping people choose, train, and care for their dogs.

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