April 26, 2018


I’ve seen my fair share of osteosarcoma at work, it’s a terrible disease. With over 10 years in the breed part of me feels fortunate to have gone so long before seeing it in my own pets. But with every limp it springs to the back of my mind, that sickening feeling deep in the…   Continue

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July 28, 2017

Anestesia en el Mastino

Incluso cuando son de rutina, los procedimientos quirúrgicos en el perro de raza gigante pueden ser estresantes para el veterinario y el dueño por igual. Si bien la cirugía en sí misma es a menudo el centro de la discusión, la atención a la anestesia adecuada puede ser igualmente importante para un resultado exitoso. Cualquier…   Continue

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July 21, 2017

Anesthesia in the Mastino

En Español – Anastesia en el Mastino Even when they are routine, surgical procedures in the giant-breed dog can be stressful for the veterinarian and owner alike. While the surgery itself is often the center of the discussion, attention to appropriate anesthesia can be equally as important for a successful outcome. Any anesthetic event involves…   Continue

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April 19, 2016

Litter summary, I litter

This brings me much sadness, as I did not expect to write this summary first. The I litter was my third litter, from Aldo de BluHouse and Utopia de la Bahia. Born March 27, 2011. Four male puppies were whelped naturally after a surgical insemination with frozen semen as Aldo was already out of the country…   Continue

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March 10, 2016

Carpal Laxity

Carpal laxity syndrome is a common issue in the Neapolitan Mastiff. The predisposition for laxity is undoubtably genetic although environmental factors clearly determine the degree of manifestation of the condition. Signs typically begin begin between 4 and 8 months with a gradual plantigrade stance being the most common manifestation of the condition in the Neapolitan Mastiff,…   Continue

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December 29, 2015


Basic Anatomy The front facial anatomy of the dog is straightforward. There is the plane of the nose (A) the nares (B) the philtrum (C) lips (D) tongue (E). Idiopathic nasal Hyperkeratosis Hyperkeratosis of the plane of the nose (A) is characterized by raised roughened skin on the top of the nose. The roughened skin…   Continue

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November 20, 2014

G Litter – 2014 BluHouse Breeding

Goiter Feb. 27, 2006 – Nov. 19, 2014 Sire: Kesso Neros Domus Area Dam: Wild Child Arria Bred by: Nicole Smith, Aggrippina Mastino Owned by: Jon Ketchum A breeding with shipped chilled semen. A very sweet boy Goiter is trained in obedience and personal protection. Videos of him working and jumping about can be found here and here.

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