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There will certainly be medical tests and procedures she will need throughout her life and pet health insurance will help you cover those costs.
This is when we’ll give her the necessary ‘checkups’ and test for diseases and conditions that are common in Dogues. Another very important step in caring for your pet is signing up for pet health insurance. Watch her diet, make sure she gets plenty of exercise, regularly brush her teeth and coat, and call us or a pet emergency hospital when something seems unusual. Be sure to adhere to the schedule of examinations and vaccinations that we recommend for her. We’ll treat this condition with medication and may also recommend dietary supplementation, if found.
He may act weak or tired, faint or collapse, breathe in a labored way, or cough, as this problem advances. Dogues de Bordeaux are especially prone to a lifethreatening heart condition known as dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM, in which the heart becomes so large, thin, and weak that it can no longer effectively pump blood to the body. While causing undue pain and suffering, keep in mind that overweight dogs may develop arthritis years earlier than those of normal weight. Stiffness in your Dogue’s elbows or hips may become a problem for him, especially as he matures. We’ll take ‘X rays’ of your dog’s bones to identify issues as early as possible. Anyways, you may notice that he begins to show lameness in his legs or has difficulty getting up from lying down. Make sure you online. Both hips and elbows are at risk for dysplasia, an inherited disease that causes the joints to develop improperly and results in arthritis. Online. Surgery is sometimes a good option in severe and ‘lifelimiting’ cases. We can treat the arthritis the sooner the better to minimize discomfort and pain.
Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus, also known as GDV or Bloat, usually occurs in dogs with deep, narrow chests.
Take your pet to an emergency hospital immediately, if you see symptoms.
The twisting cuts off blood supply to the stomach, and sometimes the spleen. Needless to say, left untreated, the disease is quickly fatal, sometimes in as little as 30 minutes. However, this means your Dogue is more at risk than other breeds. The stomach twists on itself and fills with gas, when a dog bloats. It is unlikely to twist is an option, Preventive surgery in which the stomach is tacked down or sutured in place. Have you heard of something like this before? Your dog may retch or heave, act restless, have an enlarged abdomen, or lie in a prayer position. If your dog has a seizure.
An initial diagnostic workup may help find the cause.
Don’t try to control his mouth or tongue, carefully prevent him from injuring himself.
It won’t help him, and he may bite you accidentally! Reactive seizures are caused by the brain’s reaction to a metabolic problem like low blood sugar, organ failure, or a toxin. It’s a well the disease is called primary, or idiopathic epilepsy, if no other cause can be found. Now let me tell you something. With periodic blood testing required to monitor side effects and effectiveness, lifelong medication is usually necessary to help keep seizures under control. They will usually begin between six months and three age years, if your friend is prone to seizures. There are three seizures types in dogs. Secondary seizures are the result of a brain tumor, stroke, or trauma. With Dogues de Bordeaux commonly afflicted, this problem is often an inherited condition. Sounds familiar? Note the length of the seizure, and call us or an emergency hospital. This has been a stumbling block to the breed’s popularity today.
For centuries, the dogs served as guards and dispatchers of large, dangerous animals.
The Dogue De Bordeaux can trace its ancestry back to the great Mastiff dogs that came across the alps with the Roman legions.
In temperament and disposition they were meant to be aggressive and surly. However, from the same stock that produced the Rottweiler, the Dogue obviously has been infused with more than a dash of Bulldog blood. Quite a few fierce nature has been bred out and they are enjoying a new surge in popularity. DDBs are known for their massive wrinkly heads. The Dogue de Bordeaux is a giant breed with an average lifespan of 6 years. Besides, they are natural guardians of family and home.
The Dogue de Bordeaux, also known as the French Mastiff, is an ancient breed that originated in France and was bred as a guardian, hunter, and fighter. The breed’s popularity increased after a Dogue de Bordeaux starred as Hooch in the 1989 movie Turner Hooch. For the most uptodate information on DNA and other screening tests available for your pal, visit Genesis4Pets.com. DNA testing is a rapidly advancing field with new tests constantly emerging to help in the diagnosis of inherited diseases before they can become a problem for your friend. This guide contains general health information important to all canines as well as the most important genetic predispositions for Dogues de Bordeaux. This information helps you and us gether plan for your pet’s unique medical needs. Nonetheless, you will know what to watch for, and we will all feel better knowing that we’re taking the best possible care of your pal.
After the booklet, we have also included a description of what you can do at home to keep your DDB looking and feeling her best.
Breeds with a large head and small pelvis are more prone to difficulties during the birthing process.
Speak with us first, if you are interested in breeding your DDB. We can help you make an informed decision based on body conformation of both sire and dam. Her pelvis is just so small to pass puppies and a C section is often required for her health and that of her puppies. It is we’ll listen for heart murmurs and abnormal heart rhythms when we examine your pet. We’ll perform an annual heart health check, which may include X rays, a ECG, or an echocardiogram, according to your dog’s risk factors, when indicated. Essentially, veterinary dental care and weight control go a long way in preventing heart disease.
DDBs are prone to multiple types of heart types disease, which can occur both early and later in life. Early detection of heart disease often allows us to treat with medication that usually prolongs your pet’s life for many years.a number of different musculoskeletal problems have been reported in DDBs. Each condition can be diagnosed and treated to prevent undue pain and suffering, while it may seem overwhelming. Yes, that’s right! Joints, or muscles you will be able to take great care of him throughout his life, with diligent observation at home and knowledge about the diseases that may affect your friend’s bones. It’s a well while affecting 80percentage of all dogs by age two, dental disease is the most common chronic problem in pets. It is in fact, your Dogue de Bordeaux’s life span may be cut short by one to three years! For instance, unfortunately, your Dogue de Bordeaux is more likely than other dogs to have problems with her teeth. You see, it starts with tartar ‘build up’ on the teeth and progresses to infection of the gums and roots of the teeth.
We’ll clean your dog’s teeth regularly and let you know what you can do at home to keep those pearly whites clean. Your buddy will lose her teeth and be in danger of damaging her kidneys, liver, heart, and joints, if we don’t prevent or treat dental disease. The important thing is to be able to tell when to seek veterinary help, and how urgently. Many diseases cause dogs to have a characteristic combination of symptoms, which gether can be a clear signal that your Dogue de Bordeaux needs help. It’s a well any abnormal symptom could be a sign of serious disease, or it could just be a minor or temporary problem. You might notice that he runs along and suddenly picks up a back leg and skips or hops for a few strides.
He kicks his leg out sideways to pop the kneecap back in place, and he’s fine again.
Sometimes your Dogue’s kneecap may slip out of place.
Surgery may be needed to realign the kneecap to keep it from popping out of place, when symptoms are severe. Eventually, your friend may not require much treatment beyond arthritis medication, if the problem is mild and involves only one leg. Nonetheless, it just means that she is more at risk than other dogs, That does not mean your dog will have these problems. While meaning they are related to your pet’s breed, many diseases and health conditions are genetic. There is a general consensus among canine genetic researchers and veterinary practitioners that the conditions we’ve described herein have a significant rate of incidence as well as impact in this breed.
Always check with us if you notice any unusual signs or symptoms, we can’t cover every possibility here. We will describe the most common issues seen in Dogues de Bordeaux to give you an idea of what may come up in her future. Dogues de Bordeaux are susceptible to bacterial and viral infections the same ones that all dogs can get such as parvo, rabies, and distemper. Lots of these infections are preventable through vaccination, which we will recommend based on the diseases we see in our area, her age, and other factors. Please contact us when you have questions or concerns. Then, our goal is to provide the best health care possible. Then again, your Dogue counts on you to take good care of her, and we look forward to working with you to ensure that she lives a long and healthy life. For example, it’s important that we test for them on a regular basis, for your canine friend. Discomfort, and even death. Quite a few of these parasites can be transmitted to you or a family member and are a serious concern for everyone. On p of that, hookworms, roundworms, heartworms, and whipworms can get into her system in a number of ways.
All kinds of worms and bugs can invade your DDB’s body, inside and out.
We’ll also recommend preventive medication as necessary to keep her healthy.
Everything from fleas and ticks to ear mites can infest her skin and ears. Nevertheless, your dog is special! Chances are that you chose her because you like DDBs and you expected her to have certain traits that would fit your lifestyle. As a result, she’s your best friend, companion, and a source of unconditional love. Of course! The Dogue de Bordeaux is a protective and devoted companion that needs a strong leader and early socialization. Is often territorial, she is a good and powerful watchdog. Another question isSo the question is this. Is it all worth it?
She’s full of personality, and you love her for it!
We recommend yearly urine analysis because early detection leads to a happier pet and an easier, more affordable treatment plan.
We may be able to diagnose this disease by testing his urine for excessive protein, as long as damaged kidneys leak protein. Glomerulonephropathy is an inherited disease that slowly damages your Dogue de Bordeaux’s kidneys causing them to fail, often at an early age. We may also recommend a special diet as part of the therapy plan. Though it’s tempting to give your pal food when she looks at you with those soulful eyes, you can love her to death with leftover people food and doggie treats.
It is a serious disease that may cause or worsen joint problems, metabolic and digestive disorders, back pain and heart disease.
She’ll feel better, and so will you!
Instead, give her a hug, brush her fur or teeth, play a game with her, or perhaps take her for a walk. For example, obesity can be a significant health problem in Dogues de Bordeaux. Dogues are prone to a common condition called hypothyroidism in which the body doesn’t make enough thyroid hormone. This is the case. Treatment is usually simple. Signs can include dry skin and coat, hair loss, susceptibility to other skin diseases, weight gain, fearfulness, aggression, or other behavioral changes. Generally, we’ll conduct a blood screening test annually to screen for the disease. Therefore, it typically afflicts ‘middleaged’ large and giant breeds like your Dogue. A well-known fact that is. Early detection is critical! Interesting this is a painful and aggressive tumor, and the sooner it is removed, the better his prognosis. Osteosarcoma is the most common bone tumor in dogs.
Early symptoms include lameness and leg pain. Call right away if you notice that your dog is limping. Build her routine care into your schedule to help your DDB live longer, stay healthier, and be happier during her lifetime. We cannot overemphasize the importance of a proper diet and exercise routine. So, by knowing about health concerns specific to Dogues de Bordeaux, we can tailor a preventive health plan to watch for and hopefully prevent some predictable risks. That is why we have summarized the health concerns we will be discussing with you over the life of your Dogue. Now please pay attention. We know that because you care so much about your dog, you want to take good care of her. Some Dogues de Bordeaux inherit a heart condition known as aortic stenosis. Remember, your dog may faint or just seem to run out of energy during exercise, if the condition is severe enough. We’ll test for this disease if he has any symptoms and discuss treatment options with you if he has the condition. He may also have difficulty breathing, cough, or not grow as much as he should. This disease causes a partial obstruction of blood flow as it leaves the heart, which means the heart must work harder to pump enough blood.
One of a kind things you can do for your Dogue is to have her spayed.
Routine blood testing prior to surgery also helps us to identify and take precautions for common problems that increase anesthetic or surgical risk.
This is convenient for you and easy for your friend. Whenever performing this surgery also gives us a chance, to identify and address most of the diseases your dog is likely to develop, while your pet is under anesthesia. Consequently, in females, this means we surgically remove the ovaries and usually the uterus, and in males, it means we surgically remove the testicles. Usually, we’ll discuss the specific problems we will be looking for when the time arrives, Don’t worry. If your pet needs hip ‘X rays’ or a puppy oth extracted, this would be a good time.
Spaying or neutering decreases the likelihood of certain types of cancers types and eliminates the possibility of your pet becoming pregnant or fathering unwanted puppies.
Dogues de Bordeaux can inherit or develop a number of different eye conditions, some of which may cause blindness if not treated right away, and a bunch of which can be extremely painful!
Not many things have as dramatic an impact on your dog’s quality of life as the proper functioning of his eyes. Then, we will evaluate his eyes at every examination to look for any signs of concern. This disease makes the body form abnormal lymphocytes, which are a whitish type blood cell. With an excellent success rate in dogs receiving chemotherapy, lymphoma is a very treatable form of cancer. This cancer can show up almost anywhere, since whitish blood cells can be found throughout the body.