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.
Ear Mites, Wax build up, ear canker, foreign bodies – all can be treated by your Veterinary Surgeon
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.