Illness and disease are something you never wish or expect for
your dog. Some breeds are more affectet then others. The Bracco
is not known to be very affected by diseases, but still we have
to have in mind that it can occur. Here is some of the diseases
that can occur:
is seen in particullary big-siced dogs, and it can also occur
to the Bracco. HD is a fouwlt in the development in the hip-joints
and can affect one or both hips. In a hip suffering from dysplasia,
two things are commonly abnormal. First, the caput is not deeply
and tightly held by the acetabulum. Instead of being a snug fit,
it is a loose fit, or a partial fit. Secondly, the caput or acetabulum
are not smooth and round, but are misshapen, causing abnormal
wear and tear or friction within the joint as it moves.
The symptomes are signs
of stiffness or soreness after rising from rest, reluctance to
exercise, bunny-hopping or other abnormal gait (legs move more
together when running rather than swinging alternately), lameness,
pain, reluctance to stand on rear legs, jump up, or climb stairs,
subluxation or dislocation of the hip joint, or wasting away of
the muscle mass in the hip area.
A dog with HD should not be bred from.The science shows that the
best time to x-ray dogs is from 18 months because of the growing-phase.
In Norway we have this scale: Free (A, B), weak (C), moderate
(D) and severe (E).
eyelids can occur in the Bracco. This can lead to that dust, pollen
and so on can irritate the eye, and in some cases, give an infection.
Not very good for a hunting dog that has to be in all terrain
and wether. If the puppy has henging eyelids, this can improve
as it grows up, but not always. Surgery is possible, but should
only be done when the dog is fully grown up. This is because the
skin around the eyes is changing as the dog grows. So if you operate
the dog for ectropion in early age, the dog can be troubled with
entropion (tight eyelids)as a grown up dog. Then the infection
will be caused by the eyelashes rubbing into the eye.
problems are quite common in the Bracco among other breeds with
henging ears. To prevent an earinfection, you have to clean the
ears for dirt and hair on a regular basis. Some dogs are more
affected by others, and this can be a question about hereditary
and enviroment. Symptomes on earinfection are scratching, headshaking,
bad smell and the skin in the ears can be read and wobbly. The
veterinarion must be contacted on a early time as the infection
can cause serious complications. The treatment consists most of
the cases of antibiotics.
the Bracco is not well known to have skindeseases. Still it occurs
in some specimen. On of the diseases that affects the skin is
allergy. The dog usually reacts to allergy by scratching itself.
It scratch particullary in head-area, betwen elbows and between
the toes. Some dogs reacts to the food, and other reacts allergic
to the enviroment around. And some dogs have a combination of
more. If the dogs doesn`t get treated by this either with changing
the food or gets medicated, it will scratch to it bleed, and loos
hair. Some dogs are so affected that it is difficult to get the
allergy under control. In my and many others opinion allergy-dogs
should never be bred from.
is a medical condition in which the stomach becomes overstretched
by excessive gas content. It is also commonly referred to as torsion,
gastric torsion, and gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) when the
stomach is also twisted. The condition occurs most commonly in
domesticated animals, especially ruminants and certain dog breeds.
In dogs gas accumulation in the stomach may cause or be caused
by a volvulus, or twisting, of the stomach which prevents gas
from escaping. Deep-chested breeds are especially at risk.
Some of the more widely acknowledged factors for developing bloat
include increased age, breed, having a deep and narrow chest,
stress, eating foods such as kibble that expand in the stomach,
overfeeding, and other causes of gastrointestinal disease and
Bracco Italiano and anastetic: It
is well known by several breeders and owners of Bracco Italiano
that sedating a dog can be problematic. Several Bracchi has died
or being seriously sick as a consecvence of the anastetic. This
following text is copied from the North American Bracco club:
" Caution Using Domitor (an anesthetic) The anesthetic Domitor
has been linked to the death of several bracchi. Studies are being
conducted now. A paper will be written once the studies are complete.
Once this paper is available, we will post it on the NABIC site.
If you own a bracco and have to have your dog put under anestesia
for any reason, please advise your veterinarian that Domitor should
not be used unless absolutely necessary. If Domitor is used, the
dog should be on a heart monitor to monitor his heart rate at
all times. At the FIRST SIGN of any heart abnormality, stress,
or reduction of a NORMAL heart rate, the dog should be brought
out of sedation IMMEDITATELY! "