Dogue de Bordeaux Health Care & Feeding
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018
Quick list of Dogue de Bordeaux health problems
Average lifespan of only 5-6 years.
30% die of cancer. 25% die of heart disease. 15% die of bloat. 2% die of epilepsy.
Appalling rates of hip dysplasia (57%) and elbow dysplasia (21%). Eyelid diseases occur regularly.
Dogues are prone to skin problems. Unnatural folds of wrinkled skin are predisposed to hiding dirt and moisture, which bacteria and yeast love. Chronic allergies cause itchy skin and scratching that can lead to skin infections. All giant breeds are prone to demodectic mange when they're young.
(See more health problems below.)
Preventing health problems
Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Dogue de Bordeaux have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hip and elbow dysplasia, heart disease, and hereditary eye diseases, your Dogue 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 Dogue de Bordeaux, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Dogue de Bordeaux 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 Dogue de Bordeaux puppy or adult dog:
Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Dogue de Bordeaux lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.
The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Dogue de Bordeaux
Food is the #1 foundation for good health. The best diet for feeding your dog is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, fish....these are not just "people foods" and I'll tell you why.
Kibble or Canned Dog Food – Almost As Good As Homemade?
Are you looking for the best dry kibble or canned dog food?
Feed Homemade Dog Food Without Needing To Make It
Would you like to feed your dog homemade, but think you don't have the time or skill to make it? I have the solution for you....
Should You Buy Pet Insurance? An Honest Review
My advice on the pros and cons of pet insurance, and the best pet insurance company I've found.
Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Dogue de Bordeaux puppy really need? Does your adult Dogue need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed! Find out what some vets aren't telling you.
Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female dog.
Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.
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.
Assisi Loop Review: How I Helped Treat Inflammation and Pain
Does your dog suffer from arthritis, hip dysplasia, disk disease, colitis, a skin wound? My honest review of a veterinary device you can use at home to help reduce inflammation and pain.
Complete list of Dogue de Bordeaux health problems
The Dogue de Bordeaux Society conducted a health survey that included 79 dogs. The average lifespan in their survey was only 5-6 years.
The club survey reported that the most common cause of death was cancer (30%). Over one-third of those cancers were lymphosarcoma.
The second most common cause of death was heart disease (26%), especially sub-aortic stenosis.
The emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat claimed 15% of the Dogues who had died.
Epilepsy (seizures) was responsible for another 2% of the deaths.
To make matters worse, this breed has appalling rates of hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of nearly 600 Dogues de Bordeaux and found 57% dysplastic – the 3rd worst rate of all breeds. Of 400 elbow X-rays submitted for evaluation, 21% were dysplastic – the 12th worst rate.
Other orthopedic diseases include osteochondritis, panosteitis, and luxating patella.
Eye diseases that occur regularly in the Dogue de Bordeaux include cherry eye and eyelid abnormalities (entropion and ectropion).
Allergies (which cause terribly itchy skin), chronic bacterial skin infections (pyoderma), and demodectic mange are VERY common in all of the mastiff breeds. Their elbow joints are also prone to developing hygroma.
To help you train and care for your dog
To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.
My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.
My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.