Great Pyrenees Health Care & Feeding
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018
Quick list of Great Pyrenees health problems
Cancer, especially bone cancer, claims the lives of many Great Pyrenees. So does an emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat, which can kill a dog in just a few hours.
Hip dysplasia causes pain and lameness and can require expensive surgery. The other joints (elbows, knees, and shoulders) can also be malformed.
Great Pyrenees are susceptible to diseases in their eyes and eyelids that can lead to blindness or require surgery.
Heart disease is a serious concern in the Great Pyrenees. Several blood-clotting disorders occur in the breed.
Chronic allergies cause itchy skin and scratching that can lead to bacterial infections (hot spots).
Some Great Pyrenees are born deaf or partially deaf.
(See more health problems below.)
Preventing health problems
Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Great Pyrenees have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases and hip dysplasia, your Great Pyrenees 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 Great Pyrenees, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Great Pyrenees 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 Great Pyrenees puppy or adult dog:
Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Great Pyrenees lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.
The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Great Pyrenees
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 Great Pyrenees puppy really need? Does your adult Great Pyrenees 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 Great Pyrenees health problems
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 6300 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.
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.