Mastiffs are giant breed dogs that were first used as guard dogs. Today they are popular pets. These dogs tend to be quite stubborn at times but can learn new tricks and commands with a dedicated owner. They need constant training and socialization to prevent them from becoming aggressive and destructive.
Common Health Issues In Mastiffs
Most Mastiffs are very healthy. Some of the few genetic and health conditions that could be seen in Mastiffs:
- 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 Mastiffs can live a long and happy life.
- Cancer: Mastiffs are known for getting cancer. The three most common types of cancer in Mastiffs are:
- Hemangiosarcoma: This type of cancer commonly affects the liver and spleen.
- Lymphoma: Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system. It causes the lymph nodes in their neck, and
- Osteosarcoma: This is a type of bone cancer. It commonly affects the wrist, shoulder, and knee.
All of these issues will need constant care and monitoring to help keep your Mastiffs healthy and happy. If you notice anything wrong with your Mastiffs, they should see a vet right away. Some issues can be life-threatening.
Pet Health Insurance for your Mastiffs
If you are looking for pet health insurance for your Mastiffs, you should ensure that many health issues commonly seen in 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 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 Mastiffs!
Medically Reviewed by Sara Ochoa, DVM