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Health of The English Mastiff puppy
An adult Mastiff is the spectacular gentle giant, loving but also stalwart. The size alone will surprise you. His heart is characterized by the peaceful nature, but it is also protective and caring of his family hence it will step in when danger arises. The Mastiff is well known for their gentleness unlike other big dogs. Well-bred and socialized Mastiff puppy will deliver protection to his family as part of his nature without having any special training beyond making him a member of the family. The Mastiff cannot be your best choice, if you want a dog that can be tied to the backyard to provide security to your home or make him a symbol of status due to its size or build. You will need to make the dog become part of yours. Abandoning the dog in the yard all the time will not help you get the best service you want, all you will get is a bored, lonely, sad and destructive dog whose possible potential has been ignored.
The average health status of The English Mastiff is good, but just like the rest of the breeds they also suffer from some bad health conditions. Though all Mastiffs do not necessarily acquire these diseases, you need to have some information on this, if you are planning to purchase The English Mastiff.
Always buy the puppy from a well reputed, good breeder and one who will show you the puppy’s parents. He should be able to show you the health clearances that confirm the dog has been tested for and free of any particular medical condition.
To get a happy adult English Mastiff, you need to start with a good puppy. When you have planned to purchase The English Mastiff puppy, you need to take care that he is healthy as there are some diseases that are common in The English Mastiff puppy. Here is the list of such diseases.
• Hip Dysplasia: This is a heritable illness that makes the thighbone to fail to fit snugly into the hip joint. Some dogs portray pain and lameness on one or both rear legs but you may also not notice any signs that show discomfort in a dog when it is attacked with hip dysplasia .When the dog ages, arthritis can start to develop. X-ray screening for the hip dysplasia is usually done by the Orthopaedic Foundation for Animals or the University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program. Dogs that have hip dysplasia should not be bred. In case you are purchasing a puppy, you need to ask the breeder about the parents. They too have also been ascertained that they are free of problems. Hip dysplasia can also be made worse by environmental factors like the rapid growth form the high calorie diet or injuries that are sustained from the jumping or falling on the slick floors.
• Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): This is an eye disorder that eventually causes blindness from the loss of photoreceptors at the back of the eye. PRA is easily seen before the dog shows any signs of blindness. Luckily, dogs may cause other senses to compensate for the blindness, and a blind dog may stay up and live a happy life. But it is good to check your puppy for this. The reputable breeders have their dogs eyes certified yearly by the veterinary opthalmogist and do not breed dogs that have diseases. Mastiffs can be checked for the major Mastiff PRA gene through the DNA test.
• Seizures: Seizures can occur due to many causes including epilepsy and trauma .Many times it can be managed through the medications, although it is not cured. A dog has the ability to live happy and healthy life with the proper management of the condition.
• Cystinuria: Cystinuria is a kidney disorder that is acquired through inheritance. The kidney normally filters the amino acid cysteine and it also prevents it from entering the urine however in dogs with the cystinuria, the acid normally goes to the urine. Cystine is normally reabsorbed in the kidney where it develops into kidney or bladder stones that cause the blockage of the urinary tract. In case cystinuria is not treated, the blockage can turn to be very fatal .It requires quick treatment and needs a drug that prevents stone formation. This is more common in males and it can be years before the symptoms show up .Not all dogs with the cystinuria form stones. There is a DNA test that is available to find out whether an individual Mastiff has the genetic predisposition. The test must be done on the parent’s puppy and your breeder should be able to show you the certificates.
• Gastric Torsion: This is often referred as the bloat, it is a life threatening condition that will affect the large, deep chested dogs. It is common in the dogs that get fed up one large meal in a day or drink large amounts of water rapidly or exercise vigorously after eating. Bloat normally occurs whenever the stomach is inflated with gas or air in his stomach and the blood flow to the heart is prevented. The blood pressure falls down and the dog goes in to a shock. Without immediate medical help, the dog may easily die. You should suspect a bloat when your dog has a distended abdomen, is drooling excessively and retching without throwing up. He may be restless, look depressed, weak and have a rapid heart rate .In case you experience the above signs just get your dog to the vet soon.
• Cancer: Cancer can be found in dogs just like humans. There are many different types of cancer and the success of treatment will always vary for each individual case. For some types of cancer the tumours are always removed while others are treated with the chemotherapy and others treated by the surgical means or medical way. In the Mastiffs, osteosarcoma is the most common. The first sign of the osteosarcoma is the lameness however the dog shall require an X-ray to determine whether the cause is cancer. The treatment of this condition involves the amputation of the limb and the chemotherapy. With the treatment, dogs can live up to nine months to two years or more. Luckily, the dogs can also adapt well to the life on three legs and do not go through the side effects of the chemotherapy.