dogue de bordeaux breed information

common health issues

von Willebrand's Disease is a blood clotting defect. There are three subcategories of the disease that vary in severity, and a blood test is available to measure the amount of von Willebrand factor (which aids with clotting) in the blood. This is recommended in all susceptible breeds prior to surgery to prevent possibly fatal consequences.

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.

Epilepsy is a neurologic disease that manifests as seizures. Often epilepsy is idiopathic (meaning there is no known cause) and generally we see the onset between the ages of 2 and 5 years old. Treatment for this life-long condition centers on controlling seizures with oral medication.

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.

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 Dogue de Bordeaux is a Mastiff-type dog that originated in the Bordeaux region of Southern France. Its giant size made it a natural for guarding homes and vineyards as well as hunting bears and jaguars.

Because of its guardian history, its instinctive guarding tendencies persist, and the Dogue de Bordeaux continues to make a formidable impression as a protector of home and family. This breed does not tend to be aggressive in its guarding - its size is a deterrent enough! The Dogue de Bordeaux is actually quite calm and patient, and forms close bonds with all members of the family. One thing is certain regarding introducing a Dogue de Bordeaux into your household - you must love drool!

While they may have a formidable appearance, the Dogue de Bordeaux is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect its health - and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses the Dogue de Bordeaux is prone to include joint problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia; blood disorders such as Von Willibrand’s disease; digestive issues such as gastric dilatation-volvulus (bloat); and neurological conditions such as epilepsy.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Dogue de Bordeaux inherits more a protective attitude and an amazing ability to drool, you’re covered!

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

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