The Tibetan Mastiffs is believed to have come from 1100 BC, China. Many problems that may occur during a dog’s life are related to the size of the dog because it is large and very powerful. This breed was known only by the Chinese people for many years up until 2004 when it was recognized by the American Kennel Club as a breed.
1. Canine Inherited Demyelinative Neuropathy
The Canine Inherited Demyelinative Neuropathy is a disease which develops at puppies when they are approximately six months. This problem is not contagious it is inherited from one dog to the other. The first symptoms of these diseases are weaknesses and paralysis at the hind legs. Basically this problem affects the nervous system of the dog. Since it is a genetic disease it cannot be cured which is why breeders select the breed attentively so as to reduce the appearance of the condition.
2. Hip Dysplasia
This problem causes a lot of pain for the dog because the femur bone does not fit perfectly into the hip joint thus becoming dislocated. You have to be very attentive to you dogs weight. This problem usually is genetic but it can also be the result of extreme weight gain and rapid growth. In order to prevent this problem, as much as possible, observe if the Tibetan puppies gain weight too fast. Make sure you feed them special food for large dogs. Unlike the first disease this one can be treated with the help of medicine or with the help of surgery.
3. Osteochondrosis Dessicans
The Osteochondrosis Dessicans is a problem which affects the bones, to be more exact it is a defect of the cartilage which lifts the bone causing pain and inflammation. If the disease becomes severe it can cause degeneration of the joints. This disease is more common in males than in females. This condition is genetic so if a dog suffers from it they are not bred further. The only thing you can do is to make sure that the puppies do not gain too much weight.
4. Auto Immune Hypothyroidism
The Auto Immune Hypothyroidism is a very common problem in large breeds not just for the Tibetan dog. The most common symptoms that appear are: gaining weight, very long sleeps, less playing and problems with the skin and coat, they also suffer from ear infections. The great news is that the disease can be easily treated with the help of some supplements.
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