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A Cane Corso is an Italian bread Mastiff. These dogs make excellent guard dogs as they are enormous. They were initially bred to watch over and herd livestock. They have a lot of energy, so they need plenty of exercise time each day.
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Most Cane Corsos are usually very healthy. Some of the few genetic and health conditions that could be seen in Cane Corsos are:
- Elbow Dysplasia and Hip Dysplasia: Hip and elbow dysplasia are extremely common in this breed. It occurs when the joint sockets do not correctly form, which can cause their elbow or hip to pop out. If your dog has dysplasia, their limbs may be in pain or cause them to limp. Your vet can discuss what can be done to help manage the signs of pain and help decrease arthritis formation so that your Cane Corso can live a long and happy life.
- Bloat: Bloat is a life-threatening condition that will need to see a veterinarian right away. This occurs when your dog's stomach flips over and becomes enlarged. Many dogs with bloat are gagging and have a very bloated abdomen. This condition usually requires surgery to correct this disease. Without pet insurance, this can be a very costly procedure.
- ACL Injuries: ACL injuries are common in this breed. ACL is the ligament in the knee that helps keep the two bones together. This is usually a sudden injury where your dog is now not walking on that one leg. Once your dog has damaged the ACL in one knee, they are also more predisposed to damaging the one in the other. This injury usually requires surgery to correct and can be a very costly procedure.
All of these issues will need constant care and monitoring to help keep your Cane Corso healthy and happy. If you notice anything wrong with your Cane Corso and they are limping, they should see a vet right away. Some of these issues can be life-threatening.
Pet Health Insurance for your Cane Corso
If you are looking for pet health insurance for your Cane Corso, you should ensure that all hip and joint issues are covered. You will also want to find insurance that has short waiting times on ACL or other joint surgery. If you prolong these procedures, arthritis may develop and cause joint pain.
Hip and Elbow dysplasia is often considered a genetic condition and may not be covered for this breed. If your dog has previously had ACL surgery on one knee, they may not cover the other knee and consider it a pre-existing condition.
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Medically Reviewed by Sara Ochoa, DVM