Welcome to my Cane Corso blog with information about the breed.

Cane Corso Common Health Issues

Every dog breed is known to occasionally suffer from a specific set of health problems. They might be related to genetics, the way the dog’s body is built or factors pertaining to their environment or the purposes for which the dogs are used. Cane Corsi are not an exception to this. If you own a dog of this breed you need to know which conditions are most common for it in order to be able to recognize them while they are still in the early stages. By noticing their initial symptoms on time you might be able to report them to your vet and prevent them from progressing too far.

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One of the genetic conditions that usually affects larger dogs, but is not completely uncommon among the smaller breeds either, is hip dysplasia. This condition is characterized by the improper development of the socket of the hip bone. The ball of the thigh bone doesn’t fit properly into it, which causes friction and grinding of the bones and cartilage. The condition wouldn’t be progressive in itself, but as the dog walks the bones grind more and more, and in time this can leave your dog unable to use the afflicted limb. If you notice that your dog is limping, or generally having trouble walking this might be the cause. Contact your vet immediately and discuss the possible solutions. Most likely, the dog will have to undergo a surgical procedure.

One of the conditions that are quite often occurring in larger dogs is gastric torsion or bloat. People are not exactly sure about what causes it. Some claim that it often occurs if the dog has been taken out to exercise soon after a meal. Others think that it happens if the dog is eating too fast and taking large bites. Whatever might be the cause, this condition causes the dog’s stomach to fill up with gasses as his gastrointestinal passages get blocked and prevent the normal functioning of the digestive system. People recommend feeding your dog several smaller meals a day instead of one large meal and giving him soybean products. Symptoms include dry heaves, restlessness, fatigue and swollen abdomen. If you notice any of these contact the vet immediately, as this condition can quite often be fatal.

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Like most dogs, Cane Corsi can often suffer from different types of eye problems. One of them is cherry eye. You’ll recognize the condition by the appearance of a gland in the corner of the eye that might resemble a cherry. This gland could be tucked back under the lid, or surgically removed. A lot of people object to it being removed as that might increase the chances of the dog developing another eye condition known as the dry eye.

Dry eye is caused by the blockage of the tear ducts and completely prevents your dog from producing tears. If you notice that your dog’s eyes are covered by a bluish haze or a misty film, dry eye is probably the cause. Get him to the vet and have the condition diagnosed. If it turns out that dry eye is indeed the cause you’ll have to administer artificial tears to your dog as long as he lives.

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