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Topics specifically related to Neapolitan Mastiff health

July 21, 2017

Anesthesia in the 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 a three- tiered approach: premedication, induction and…   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

Noses

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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August 26, 2014

Top 5 Health Issues

In a recent poll the top 5 health concerns among Neapolitan Mastiff breeders included: Cardiac: Dilated Cardiomyopathy Hip Dysplasia: Elbow Dysplasia: Bloat Prolapse of the gland of the third eyelid: Cherry Eye Autoimmune Deficiency/Disease: Skin: (Demodicosis) Although at BluHouse Mastini we perform health tests on all of our dogs to try to minimize the chances…   Continue

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August 26, 2014

Breeding for a Better Dog

After completing all of the health tests and compiling a pedigree with as much of the health information as possible a breeder can make more educated breeding choices. Ideally this would also include Estimated Breeding Values, but this type of sophisticated program is only available in the UK with BreedMate and in select European countries….   Continue

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August 26, 2014

Eye Testing

With Eyes  The eyes are also evaluated around the globe, these tests are also via a veterinary specialist, an Ophthalmologist. The majority of the test focuses on the eyeball itself with the surrounding tissue (eyelids etc) composing only a small part of the exam and none of the tests focus on Cherry eye. Most Neapolitans…   Continue

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August 26, 2014

Hip Testing

With Hips  Across the board the databases evaluate radiographs of the hip joint looking at the bones of the pelvis and femur and their relationship to each other, the hip joint. The radiographs are checked for appropriate size and shape of the bones, any signs of obvious pathology such as degenerative joint disease, DJD, and they…   Continue

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