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21 Most Common Large Breed Health Problems


Large dog breeds generally live shorter than small breeds and they are more prone to medical problems.  Although you cannot prevent most conditions, it is important to know how to recognize the signs of dog health problems in order to be able to help your furry friend and enable them the best treatment and life possible.

Here are 21 most common medical conditions that affect large dogs:

1. Bloat

Bloat, or Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV), is an extremely painful stomachache that mostly affects large, deep-chested dog breeds such as Great Danes, Greyhounds, Bullmastiffs, and St. Bernards. The GDV is a condition where the dog’s stomach suddenly fills with gas and twists in an abnormal position, causing severe pain.

The condition is life-threatening and can lead to death if left untreated.  Although the causes of GDV are unknown, eating and drinking too much or too fast and strenuous exercise may trigger the condition. The symptoms of bloat include excessive panting, pacing or whining, drooling, retching and vomiting.

If you notice any of the signs, get your dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Bloat cannot be prevented, but you can minimize the risks if you buy your dog elevated food and water bowls.  Also, don’t allow your dog to engage in vigorous exercise immediately after eating and drinking. 

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