brazilian fila breed information

common health issues

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

Elbow dysplasia is actually a collective term which refers to the effects of one or more diseases of the elbow joint which result in pain and arthritis. Many of these problems can affect both elbows and result in forelimb lameness and elbow pain, often requiring surgical correction.

Entropion describes the inward rolling of the eyelid, often causing the eyelashes to come into contact with the eyeball and cause irritation and often ulceration. Many affected dogs will require surgical correction and severe cases may require multiple surgeries.

GDV (or bloat) describes a condition whereby a dog's stomach becomes dilated with air and then, while dilated, twists over on itself, effectively sealing the stomach. The most common sign of bloat is a firm, distended stomach, especially if it seems to occur rapidly. GDV is one of the true life-threatening emergencies in dogs and many cases require emergency surgery.

The Fila Brasiliero (also known as the Brazilian Mastiff or Brazilian Molosser) is a large working dog that originated on the plantations and cattle farms of Brazil. He was originally used to guard the estates from predators, and his guardian instincts are still very strong today. He is believed to have been bred from Bloodhounds, Bulldogs and Mastiffs, among other breeds, and the result is a surprisingly agile (for his size) and courageous dog.

The Fila generally weighs between 90 and 110 lbs., and has a short coat that hangs loosely on his powerful frame. He has a gentle way with children and is extremely loyal to his family, but the Fila Brasileiro is not a breed for everyone, especially first-time owners. Because of his natural guardian instincts, the Fila has a strong aversion to strangers and doesn’t enjoy new people in his home. He needs a confident, experienced owner, good training and plenty of daily exercise to keep him happy and out of trouble.

Despite his strength, the Fila Brasiliero is prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health — not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Filas are prone to include joint conditions such as elbow and hip dysplasia; eye conditions such as entropion; and digestive conditions such as gastric dilatation-volvulus (GVD or bloat).

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Fila Brasiliero inherits his mom’s bad eyes or his dad’s bad hips, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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