cane corso breed information

common health issues

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.

Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is a cardiac condition that Boxers are prone to develop. In this adult onset disease, cardiac muscle responsible for pumping the heart is replaced with fatty tissue, leading to dysfunction of the heart, arrhythmias, and congestive heart failure. Medical treatment centers on normalizing the heart rate and rhythm.

Demodex canis mites live on all healthy dogs. In the vast majority of cases they never cause a problem. However, some breeds can pass on an immune defect to their offspring that can result in a generalized proliferation of Demodex mites. The most common signs of demodectic mange are hair loss, scaling and irritation of the affected skin.

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.

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.

This giant breed hails from Italy, where he hunted large wild animals and was used to fight alongside Roman soldiers in fierce battles. When he wasn’t serving as a warrior or hunting, the Cane Corso was commonly found throughout Italy guarding his master’s cattle and home. The Cane Corso is very new to the United States, just having been recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010.

Weighing in between 90 and 110 lbs., the Cane Corso makes a daunting impression. It is instinctive for this breed to be protective of his family, so he is naturally suspicious of strangers. Early socialization is key. This large, headstrong dog needs a firm leader, so he generally is not a great choice for a first-time dog owner. He also needs mental and physical stimulation daily to keep his mind and body busy. The Cane Corso is happiest when there is a job to be done, and will work hard to please his dedicated owners.

In addition to their strong personalities, Cane Corsos are also known for being predisposed to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – as well as your family’s finances. Some of the conditions and illnesses Cane Corsos are prone to include eye conditions such as entropion; skin conditions such as demodicosis; heart diseases such as dilated cardiomyopathy; stomach problems such as gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV or bloat); and joint conditions such as hip dysplasia.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Cane Corso inherits anything more than a headstrong attitude, you’re protected.

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

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