Almost all dogs have to worry about getting fleas and fighting with other animals. That’s just a fact of life. But large dogs tend to die sooner than smaller pets because of very particular health problems, which seem to focus on certain breeds. Let’s take a look at some common health problems of large dogs so you are better prepared to keep your hefty hound healthy and happy.
Skin Allergies – Golden Retriever
Sometimes when people are allergic to something they sneeze. Large dogs like the Golden Retriever experience itchy skin when they develop an allergy. Does your Golden
constantly scratch, chew and lick her skin? This could be a sign that your goldie has developed a skin allergy, which can be treated effectively with an oatmeal shampoo and Omega 3 supplements.
Collie Eye Anomaly – Shetland Sheepdog
Collie eye refers to multiple eye related problems which affect your dog’s optic nerves and retina. In mild cases your dog may not lose any significant amount of vision. But when this debilitating sickness is severe it can lead to blindness. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for this devastating group of visual illnesses. Before taking a Shetland Sheepdog home make sure it has been properly tested.
Hip Dysplasia – German Shepherd
The loyal German Shepherd is one of many big dogs that is prone to developing hip dysplasia. Arthritis and pain are symptoms of this mobility-robbing condition where your dog’s ball and socket joints do not fit like they should. When shopping for a German Shepherd puppy, ask your breeder if the animal has been screened for hip dysplasia.
Gastric Dilation (Bloat) – Great Dane
These beautiful animals naturally possess a higher risk than normal for bloating. Your dog’s stomach will fill up with gas and then trap food along with that gas. Also known as volvulus, this bloating can become a life-threatening condition. Symptoms include constant panting, heavy drooling directly after eating and anxious pacing.
Heart Problems – Doberman Pinscher
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a big problem with Doberman Pinschers. These big dogs so frequently contract this serious heart condition that many veterinarians will tell you to get your Dobey a DCM checkup every year. This devastating heart disease cannot be cured, but it can be treated.
Overweight and Obesity – Labrador Retriever
Labs are not the only dogs that can become fat and obese. However, Labrador Retrievers are naturally likely to become overweight. These strong, hardy animals demand intense daily exercise or else obesity can step in and lead to a long list of problems.