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The Newfoundland dog has various health problems!
As a owner of this dog you sholuld be familiarize with those problems.

A responsible breeder have made a wholehearted commitment to the well-being and improvement of their breed of dogs.

They make the health and temperament of their dogs their first priority in breeding.

A responsible breeders don't guess, they test!




HEARTDISEASES




The symptom for most heartproblems is ; cough , fatigue , fainting, weight lose/but still seems to gain weight - this because of the oedema, decreased appetite, etc..


¤ DCM = Dilated Cardiomyopathy - See link


¤ SAS = Subaortic Stenosis - Is an inherited disease in Newfoundlands!
Subaortic stenosis is characterized by a narrowing of the aortic valve, the outflow tract from the heart's left ventricle.
This causes a partial obstruction of blood flow into the circulation, increasing the heart's workload and in turn causing an increase in the thickness of the left ventricular wall.


¤ PS = Pulmonic Stenosis -Is a relative narrowing of the valve from the right ventricle to the lungs.
But with pulmonic stenosis, there is partial obstruction of normal blood flow - The effect of this partial obstruction is to force the heart to work even harder to pump blood to the lungs.



¤ PDA = Patent Ductus Arteriosus- Normally, the ductus arteriosus closes a few hours after birth.But in some dogs, the bypass does not close, and blood continues to bypass the lungs and not pick up oxygen.
PDA is identified by examining the heart with a stethoscope and by detecting a characteristic heart murmur.


¤ TVD= Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia - Means a malformation of the tricuspid valve in the dogs heart. The blood leaks in wrong direction and cause murmurs.
Depending on the severity of the malformation, the regurgitation can range from a small amount to a significant leak.

Are there any connection between some heartdiseases and Taurine- L-carnitin deficiency? Read more here




ORTHOPEDIC

¤ HD = Hip dysplasia -> See link

¤ ED = Elbow dysplasia - See link

¤ Panosteitis = Panosteitis is a disease of the long bones most often seen in young dogs of larger breeds.
It's a painful inflammatory in the bones and is characterized by shifting leg lameness - one leg will heal, then another may be affected .

Give your dog pain medication in severe cases, and a limited exercise.


¤ OCD/Osteokondros = Osteochondrosis is a developmental orthopedic condition characterized by a disturbance in the normal process of endochondral ossification. This disease primarily affects the diarthrodial joints of dogs.
OCD causes cartilage and bone fragments to break off into your dog's joint space, which, in turn, causes mild to extremely severe discomfort and pain.
The pain from osteochondrosis is similar to panosteitits.





KNEE PROBLEMS

¤ Ruptured Cruciate Ligament-
This ligament shall stabilizes the dog's knee or stifle joint.
A sudden rupture of the ligament causes sudden lameness in the rear. But this ligament seems to weaken gradually in some dogs, particularly in some large breeds, and this means that the cruciate ligament may eventually rupture even during normal activity.





EYE:


¤ Cataracts = Cataracts are opacities in the lens of the eye and the eye lense becomes cloudiness.


¤ Entropion = Entropion is the inward rolling of the eyelid - This irritates the surface of the eye and may ultimately cause visual impairment. This may cause excessive tear production or allow the eye to become too dry, damaged or infected. 


¤ Ectropion = Ectropion is a defect of conformation in which there is a sagging or rolling-out of the eyelids. This results in abnormal exposure of the eye, which often leads to irritation.




EAR:
¤ Ear problems = see link




MISCELLANEOUS:

¤ Cystinuria = See link

¤ Hypothyroidism = See link

¤ Allergies/Skinproblems

¤ Bloat = see link