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Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Health Care & Feeding

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

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Start your Greater Swiss Mountain Dog 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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Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Health Problems


Or check out my advice for raising a healthy Greater Swiss Mountain Dog 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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Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Complete list of Greater Swiss Mountain Dog health problems

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%), epilepsy (21%), and an emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat (21%) that can kill a dog within hours.

The rate of hip dysplasia is very high (18%) in the Greater Swiss. Elbow dysplasia (12%) is worrisome, as well. Affected dogs suffer pain, lameness, and early arthritis. Surgery is very expensive.

The most common eye diseases in the Swissy were eyelash abnormalities (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.

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.

My best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to raise your Greater Swiss Mountain Dog 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.

To help you train and care for your dog

dog training videos Dog training videos. Sometimes it's easier to train your puppy (or adult dog) when you can see the correct training techniques in action.

The problem is that most dog training videos on the internet are worthless, because they use the wrong training method. I recommend these dog training videos that are based on respect and leadership.

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