We don’t need to tell you this, you already know the overwhelming benefits that having a pet can bring to your life. From curing loneliness to helping your children learn the skills of becoming responsible pet owners, having an animal in your life is nothing but good. We love dogs, the bigger the better. Perfect as a loyal protector, playmate and friend.
But what happens when your beloved big dog gets ill? It can be a frightening time to watch your loved companion in pain or sick. In this article, we’re taking a look at some of the more common large dog breed medical issues.
This lovely breed can be predisposed to several conditions so if you’re buying from a puppy or newborn you should get a family history to make sure you know how healthy the parents are.
Many labradors can come down with joint problems, such as hip or elbow dysplasia. While it might not be possible to help your pet avoid these conditions entirely, their mobility will be vastly improved if you help to keep your dog at a healthy weight through a combination of great diet and plenty of exercise.
Those beautiful floppy ears, not only make them extremely cute they are also prone to ear infections. You will recognise when you pet is in pain with an ear infection as they will shake their head more and whine. To avoid ear infections always make sure to dry the ears properly inside and out after a swim or a bath. Don’t delay in getting your dog treated if you do suspect he has an ear infection as it can be very painful and lead to complications if left untreated.
Like Labradors, German Shepherds are also prone to dysplasia and need to stay healthy and active to help manage the impact of the condition. Your vet may also recommend some supplements to help with their joint health.
German Shepherds are also prone to a condition called Canine Degenerative Myelopothy, a condition that affects the strength of the back legs and can lead to paralysis over time. The best way to avoid this is to have your dog screened for the condition before you buy him, a test that can be carried out by your vet.
Finally, we have Great Danes. Though beautiful and wonderful pets Great Danes don’t have the longest life spans. They can also be prone to conditions such as Gastric Torsion, where the stomach twists and can cut off blood supply. The symptoms of this are primarily bloating, though your dog may also appear to be in pain and off his food. Take him to the vets immediately if you have any suspicion that this may be the case as he will need an operation as soon as possible.
Whichever breed you own, keep an eye out for some of these common problems that occur from time to time. Your pet, your best friend knows you’ve got his back.
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