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Learn about Great Dane diseases

Learn about Great Dane diseases

Common Diseases and Disorders

In general, the Great Dane is a healthy dog with few medical concerns. However, the following diseases or disorders have been reported:

  • Gastric torsion, also known as bloat, is a life-threatening sudden illness associated with the stomach filling with air and twisting.

  • Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the hip joint that results in pain, lameness and arthritis.

  • Hypothyroidism results when the thyroid gland does not function adequately. Without enough thyroid hormone, illness can occur.

  • Cataracts cause a loss of the normal transparency of the lens of the eye. The problem can occur in one or both eyes and can lead to blindness.

  • Entropion is a problem with the eyelid that causes inward rolling. Lashes on the edge of the eyelid irritate the surface of the eyeball and may lead to more serious problems.

  • Glaucoma is a painful and serious condition that causes pressure within the eye to increase. It can lead to blindness if not treated early.

  • Osteosarcoma is a cancer of the bone.

  • Demodectic mange is a parasitic skin disease caused by a mite. Hair loss and itchiness are common.

  • Lick granuloma is considered a behavioral disorder and can occur in response to a variety of stressors. A skin lesion is created from licking.

  • Zinc responsive dermatosis - is a condition of dogs fed zinc deficient diets.

  • Congenital Idiopathic Megaesophagus is a dilatation of the esophagus caused by decreased contraction of the muscles, causing food regurgitation.

  • Chronic valvular disease is a progressive deterioration of the valves of the heart, which can lead to heart murmurs and heart failure.

  • Aortic Stenosis is a disease caused by stenosis of the aortic valve that may cause symptoms such as weakness, collapse and sudden death.

  • Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a serious heart condition that results in a large, thin walled heart muscle.

  • Interdigital Dermatitis, also known as pododermatitis, is an inflammation of the paws involving the feet and nails.

  • Cutaneous histiocytoma - is a benign tumor of the skin that can affect young dogs.

    In addition, Great Danes are prone to deafness, acne and several bone diseases, including hypertrophic osteodystrophy, cervical vertebral instability, elbow dysplasia and osteochondrosis.

    Life Span

    The life expectancy of the Great Dane is between 9 and 10 years.


    **We realize that each dog is unique and may display other characteristics. This profile provides generally accepted breed information onl








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