Number 1 Health Problem in Big Dogs (including Afghan Hounds)

by Judy Wellsworth

Everyone has a preference as to the size of dog they want and larger dogs are just as popular as the smaller ones. With some breeds of large dogs, you may have some problems just like the smaller ones, but hip dysplasia is the one health concern in older dogs because of their bone structure. The in large dogs also includes kidney failure and .

Beautiful Large Dog Breeds

The and the Great Dane are very large as they tower about other large dog breeds. The German shepherd and the Rottweiler are a little smaller than the and Great Dane but still fit the large dog category. All of these breeds suffer health problems in large dogs from birth to adulthood.

Hip Dysplasia and Health Problems in Large Dogs

Hip dysplasia is a condition that affects the hip joint and prevents many male and females from breeding. that have a possibility of displaying hip dysplasia receive x-rays in the first year of life to determine if they have such a potential . If the dog shows positive signs of hip dysplasia, they are deemed unsuited for breeding. This does not affect their ability to be the perfect and lovable companion.

Other Health Problems in Large Dogs

One is diarrhea, which results from many different reasons such as bacterial, fungal and viral infections. Parasites also cause dogs to have the diarrhea, depending on the type of parasite. Some other reasons for diarrhea in a healthy dog are over eating, changing the food and indigestion. Some medications given to dogs also cause diarrhea and at times can be severe.

If the dog continues to have diarrhea for more than twenty-four hours, medical treatment is required. The first thing you can try is a bland diet of rice and potato instead of their regular food. This may help, but in case it does not, you may need to have a veterinarian determine the cause.

Treating the Health Problem in Large Dogs

Most vets recommend withholding food for twenty-four hours to give the dog's system time to recuperate. After this time, smaller quantities of food can resume to test the dogs ability to digest the food properly. After a few days of limited food consumption, the dog can be put back on a normal diet. If the diarrhea is caused by an infection, diarrhea may last for several days until the medication has time to work through the bloodstream.

This health problem in large dogs causes a lack of energy and sometimes incontinence, as accidents happen due to the inability to move outdoors fast enough. By restricting food, the dog will eventually stop the diarrhea and give the intestines time to heal. If the diarrhea results from infection or parasite, the problem will persist until proper medical is received. This condition affects all sizes and breeds of dogs no matter what you do to prevent it.

You can also find more information at common dog illness problems and dog health symptoms. is a comprehensive resource to help dog owners identify their dog's illness symptoms and treatment options.

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