Great Pyrenees Dog Breed
The Great Pyrenees is
prone to the following major health conditions:
Canine Hip Dysplasia - Hip
dysplasia is an abnormal formation of
the hip socket that, in its more severe
form, can eventually cause crippling lameness
and painful arthritis of the joints. It
is a polygenic trait, that is affected
by environmental factors in the production
of the final phenotype. It can be found
in many animals and occasionally in humans,
but is most commonly associated with dogs,
and is common in many dog breeds, particularly
the larger breeds.
Patellar Luxation - Patellar
Luxation is the abnormal shallow groove
in the knee sot hat the knee cap slips
n and out of the position, cuasing lameness.
Patellar Luxation is most common in small
The Great Pyrenees is
prone to the following minor health conditions:
Entropion - Entropion is
the inversion of the eyelids, so that
they roll inward, often irritating the
- Osteochondritis Dissecans is a joint
disorder in which cracks form in the articular
cartilage and the underlying subchondral
bone. Osteochondritis Dissecans usually
causes pain and swelling of the affected
joint which catches and locks during movement.
Skin Problems - Skin problems
where the dog may develop skin irritation
Osteosarcoma - Osteosarcoma
is a malignant bone cancer. Osteosarcoma
is common in large breed dogs.
Cataracts - Cataracts are
opacities in the lens of the eye, which
can cause blindness.
Chondrodysplasia - Chondrodysplasia
is a type of dwarfism.
Panosteitis - Panosteitis
is a common bone disease in dogs. It manifests
with sudden, otherwise unexplained pain
and lameness sometimes shifting from leg
to leg, usually between 5 and 14 months
The Great Pyrenees occasionally
has problems with the following health
Gastric Torsion - Gastric
Torsion is a medical condition in which
the stomach becomes overstretched by excessive
gas content. It is also commonly referred
to as bloat, gastric torsion, and gastric
dilatation-volvulus (GDV) when the stomach
is also twisted.
Otitis Externa - Otitis
Externa is an infection of the outer ear,
including the ear canal. Most common in
dogs with long, hanging ears.
Spinal Muscular Atrophy
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy is a neuromuscular
disease characterized by degeneration
of motor neurons, resulting in progressive
muscular atrophy (wasting away) and weakness.
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