Cane Corso: Typical diseases and healthy eating

The Cane Corso Italiano is a large, robust dog with easy-care, short fur. Like many large dog breeds, he can also suffer from musculoskeletal disorders, such as hip dysplasia (HD). With the right diet, however, joint problems can be prevented. The Cane Corso Italiano is prone to joint problems like many large dog breeds - Shutterstock / Lenkadan

It is important that a Cane Corso is used in a species-appropriate and breed-specific manner. Only if he is allowed to live out his protective and hunting instincts appropriately and is given enough exercise and demanding tasks, will he remain mentally healthy and a peaceful, good-natured contemporary. Otherwise behavioral problems such as aggressiveness and unpredictability can occur. In addition, you can prevent many diseases with a healthy diet and appropriate dog sport.

Cane Corso Italiano tends to have joint problems

The predisposition to joint problems such as hip dysplasia (HD) or elbow dysplasia (ED) is in the genes of many large and medium-sized dog breeds. Responsible breeders try to exclude affected animals from breeding, but the risk cannot be avoided entirely. However, you can ensure that your cane corso stays healthy for as long as possible, or that existing diseases of the musculoskeletal system are not exacerbated by proper nutrition and suitable dog sports and exercise.

Especially if your dog is still growing, it must receive food suitable for puppies and young dogs. If he gets too high-energy or too protein-rich food, he grows too quickly and his skeleton becomes unstable. This favors or worsens hip or elbow dysplasia.

Try to avoid climbing stairs, jumping on hard surfaces and other movements that have a upsetting effect with your Cane Corso. Otherwise, he puts too much strain on his joints and their wear is promoted. If your dog has HD or ED, go to the vet regularly and have him checked. The doctor can give you additional tips on what pain medication is suitable for dogs and how you can help your four-legged friend. A veterinary practitioner is another possible contact if you want to help your Cane Corso naturally, for example with acupuncture for dogs or dog physiotherapy.

Cane Corso: A large Italian dog breed

Diseases of the heart muscle and eyes

Unfortunately, large dog breeds are also prone to heart muscle diseases. The heart muscle is either weakened or enlarged, which gradually causes the walls of the heart to become thinner. The heart is then worn out and can no longer pump the blood through the body as well. Fatigue, shortness of breath, fatigue and even less joie de vivre are symptoms of heart disease.

Go to the vet sooner rather than later if you are suspected of having a heart disease - well-coordinated drug therapy can slow the course, relieve the heart, and strengthen the heart muscle. Slow, calm and regular endurance training such as swimming or walking is also good for your heart-sick four-legged friend.

The Cane Corso also has sensitive eyes and is prone to conjunctivitis and other eye diseases. It is best to keep him away from drafts, fans and air conditioning and look at his eyes regularly. If something seems strange to you, a visit to the vet makes sense. Ointments and eye drops often bring an improvement.

Proper nutrition of the Cane Corso

A Cane Corso needs enough fresh meat and vegetables for a healthy diet. Many dog ​​owners of this great breed swear by the bass because they can keep an eye on what your four-legged friend eats. Let your veterinarian advise you beforehand which nutrients your dog needs for a species-appropriate diet so that there are no symptoms of deficiency.

Otherwise, high-quality dog ​​food with a high meat content, vegetables and as little grain as possible and without inferior ingredients is also suitable for the Cane Corso. Make sure that the food also fits your dog's age and growth phase.

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