Health

Health In the Great Dane


Unfortunately when one trys to fool mother nature, whether it's playing around with size or changing conformation to extremes, she often fights back with problems that affect the health of the animal. Bull Dogs are conformed so that they cannot be whelped naturally due to the breeders insistance on those huge heads. Dachshunds are often affected by back problems due to the unnaturally long back in contrast to the short legs. And then we have the giant breeds who must grow as much in a year as most people do in 18 years. This causes many health problems, usually orthopedic ones. But there are many other health issues affecting Great Danes and any future or current owner needs to be aware of them. To that end we've included the following information.


HEALTH ARTICLES


DEVELOPMENTAL & BONE DISEASES

Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy by Jill Swedlow

Elbow Dysplasia

Panosteoitis, by Jill Swedlow

Osteochondritis Dessicans

Growing Pains: Growth Associated Bone Disorders in the Dog , by Pamela A. Davol

Arthritis

Canine Hip Dysplasia: Are Breeders Winning the Battle?

 

DISEASES OF THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

Gastric Dilitation (Bloat)


CANCER

Cancer In the Canine, by Pamela A. Davol

Fibrosarcoma

Hemangiosarcoma

Lymphoma

Mammary Tumors

Osteosarcoma

Skin Cancer

Oral Cancer


CARDIAC DISEASES

Dilated Cardiomyopathy: a daunting disease of the heart

by D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D.

 

NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS

Wobblers Syndrome
This is a FANTASTIC site dealing with alternative treatments that WORK!

Wobblers Syndrome (Spondylolithesis)

Understanding Canine Epilepsy, by Pamela A. Davol

 

MISCELLEANEOUS ISSUES

Addison's Disease

Their Own Worst Enemy, by Leslie Crane Rugg, (Autoimmune Diseases)

Vaccines, Infectious Diseases and the Canine Immune System:
The Importance of Weighing the Risk to Benefit Ratio by Pamela A. Davol

Inherited Eye Disorders in the Labrador Retriever
(This article also contains info regarding cataracts, a disorder affecting Danes)

Learn Animal CPR, by Dr. Feldman

Caring For An Older Dane, by Jill Swedlow

Color & Pattern Associated Disorders In the Great Dane, by JP Yousha

The Immune System, by Jean Dodds, DVM

 

CANINE HEALTH REGISTRIES

PennHip method of diagnosing hip dysplasia

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals Home Page (OFA)

Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF)

Institute for Genetic Disease Control in Animals

Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) 


LINKS TO OTHER HEALTH INFORMATION

Great Dane Club of America Health Info

The American Veterinary Medical Association

AltVetMed Table of Contents



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