Topics specifically related to veterinary medicine and the dog

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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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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