GREAT DANE HEALTH
AGE – Sadly, we are lucky if we see our Danes head into double digits when it comes to age. Due to their large size they age more quickly than smaller sized dogs. For more informative resources on ‘Dane Years’ Click Here.
BONES & JOINTS – Great Danes are a fragile breed when it comes to proper growth rate making them particularly prone to developmental orthopedic diseases. To learn more about the bone and joint conditions Great Danes are prone to Click Here.
CHERRY EYE – Is a common term for a prolapse of the third eyelid (nictitating membrane) of dogs. This produces a very red lump in the inside corner of the eye. It is most common in young dogs including some Great Danes. For more informative resources on diagnosing and treating Cherry Eye Click Here.
DESEXING – There are many schools of thought on this topic and Danes in rescue may be treated differently then owned Danes. Most agree that 9-12 months of age is a reasonable age to de-sex a great Dane around the time of physical maturity. However others believe in waiting until at least 18 months of age. For more information on the topic of de-sexing a Great Dane Click Here.
EXERCISE – It’s a misnomer to think that Great Danes don’t need exercise, they definitely do. Exercise needs differ depending on the age of the Great Dane and their current growth rate. To learn more about appropriate forms of exercise at various life stages Click Here.
FEEDING – Great Danes have various food requirements according to their age, gender and amount of exercise they get. Quality nutrition is essential for steady growth. Great Dane puppies grow in height until the age of 12 to 18 months and will therefore differ in their feeding requirements as they grow compared to the adult or senior Great Dane. For more resources on feeding your Great Dane Click Here.
GASTRIC VOLVULUS – A condition brought on by bloat, is a serious condition for dogs. The condition typically strikes breeds that have broad or deep chests. It usually occurs in healthy, active dogs with big appetites like Great Danes. Left untreated, volvulus can be fatal in dogs. For more informative resources on bloat Click Here.
GROWTH – Great Danes grow very quickly especially in the first year of life and continue to do so up until 18 months or two years of age. You will be amazed as they put on weight and shoot up like a tree. For more informative resources on ideal Great Dane growth and body condition Click Here.