French Mastiffs are also known as a Dogue de Bordeaux, Bordeaux Mastiff, or French Mastiff. These are very powerful, muscular, and large breeds of dogs; however, they are also friendly and gentle.
Common Health Issues In French Mastiffs
Most French Mastiffs are very healthy. Some of the few genetic and health conditions that could be seen in French Mastiffs are:
- 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.
- Elbow Dysplasia and Hip Dysplasia: Hip and elbow dysplasia are extremely common in this breed. It occurs when the joint sockets do not properly 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 Bordeaux can live a long and happy life.
- Breathing issues: This is a brachiocephalic dog breed, which means that because they have short noses, they are very prone to breathing issues. Your dog may need surgery to correct some of these defects.
All of these issues will need constant care and monitoring to help keep your French Mastiffs healthy and happy. If you notice anything wrong with your French Mastiffs, they should see a vet right away. Some issues can be life-threatening.
Pet Health Insurance for your French Mastiffs
If you are looking for pet health insurance for your French Mastiffs, you should ensure that many health issues commonly seen in French Mastiffs are covered. You will also want to find insurance with short waiting times on treatment and surgery. If you prolong these procedures, your dog could have permeant health issues.
Certain health conditions are often considered genetic or are pre-existing conditions and may not be covered for your French Mastiffs.
You could also consider enrolling in Pet Assure, a veterinary discount plan that is a low-cost pet insurance alternative. This plan has no exclusions due to age, breed, or hereditary conditions. Even pre-existing conditions are covered! Get a quote today. It's perfect for French Mastiffs!
Medically Reviewed by Sara Ochoa, DVM