There are several heart diseases
affecting the Saint Bernard. Dilated Cardiomyopathy[DCM]
being the most common. The heart dilates causing cardiac
muscle weakness and irregular blood pumping capacity.
Signs include fainting, reduced activity tolerance and
an increase in the size of the adominal region. Once
diagnosed, there are medications that can help the dog
but life expectancy is greatly reduced
Hip Dysplasia is a developmental
disease of the hip. As a saint grows the soft tissue
support for the hip may become loose and this can allow
the head of the femur become loose and this can allow
the head of the ball to slip in and out of the socket.
Hip Dysplasia may be multifactorial
including both hereditaqry and environmental factors.
The signs of hip dysplasia can be
lameness, slow to rise or jump and pain when the hips
are manipulated.It can be worsened if dogs are overweight.
If there are any symptons contact
your Veterinary Surgeon.
Ectropion is a genetic
condition where the eyelids turn out excessively causing
extreme discomfort. Vveterinary advice is required.
Entropion is a genetic condition
where the eyelids turn inward and the eyelashes may
rub on the eye leading to ulcers. Again veterinary advice
Ear Mites, Wax build up, ear canker,
foreign bodies - all can be treated by your Veterinary
A serious condition that can affect
the Saint Bernard. Gas ferments accumulates in the stomach,
the stomach increases in size and twists preventing
release of the gasses. Attempts to vomit only brings
up saliva. Gross swelling of the abdomen is also noted
and the stomach will feel tight and if you tap it you
will notice a sound like tapping on an empty drum. Potential
contributors are large meals, exercising after feeding
and consuming large quantities of water after feeding.
Get veterinary help immediately.