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The Next WVGDC Meeting is October 7th at 2pm

Our next club meeting is October 7th at 2pm. We love having guests so please contact us using our contact us form (available in the menu above) and we can give you more information. Our club is dedicated to bettering the lives of our beautiful dogs, providing education to those interested in Great Danes and supporting…

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Thank you to Hyder Graphics!!!

WVGDC is so thankful to Hyder Graphics for working with us to provide our entrant gifts and trophies for our 2018 specialties. Hyder Graphics is located in Tigard, OR and we were so thrilled to find a local printer that took such good care of us and guided our way through this process. If you…

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HOD – Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy

Puppies from 2 months to 8 months can experience symptoms of HOD. This range is the range of highest growth rate in Great Dane puppies. Puppies with the most severe symptoms suffer from anorexia, weight loss, fever, and depression accompanied by extremely swollen, warm, and painful long-bone abnormalities. The pain can be so severe that they refuse to bear weight on the affected limbs. The symptoms can appear for approximately 1 week and then disappear reoccurring multiple times of a 6 week period.

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Wobbler’s is a condition where there is pressure on the spinal cord in the neck area and results in an unsteady gait and increasing loss of stability. Dogs may become paralyzed. There is a congenital form of Wobblers that is usually seen in young Danes perhaps caused by nutritional effects and perhaps inherited traits. Wobblers…

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Osteosarcoma – Bone Cancer

Osteosarcoma is one of the top 3 causes of death in Great Danes. It can appear very quickly as a swelling around the ankle area in the front legs. It is probably the most terrifying diagnosis a Great Dane owner can hear. Bone Cancer usually attacks dogs over 8, but it can start in dogs as young as 5 or 6, even occasionally 1 or 2 years old.

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Mega – Megaesophagus

Megaesophagus has become a top health concern in Great Danes. Mega is a potentially fatal condition and researchers believe that there area bout a dozen breeds that are genetically predisposed to megaesophagus. The primary symptoms of the disorder is the esophagus not moving food along into the stomach efficiently. Puppies can be diagnosed between 6-8…

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Pano – Panosteitis

Pano is a growth issue as a result of too rapid growth during puppyhood. It causes lameness and a lack of energy. Pano usually is self-limiting, meaning it ends up spontaneously resolving, but the condition is quite painful and pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs may be needed.  These are painful conditions of the bones that occur during the rapid growth phase of puppyhood causing lameness and general malaise. 

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Bloat – Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus

Bloat is the number 1 killer of Great Danes. It is unfortunately common in deep-chested breeds. During Bloat the stomach distends and then has a tendency to twist which cuts off the blood supply to various parts of the body. This is an extremely painful condition and very quickly life threatening. If you suspect your…

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Fortunately cataracts are not common in Great Danes and they can be tested for. A CERF exam is one of the 4 health tests recommended by the Great Dane Cub of America, before a dog or bitch is used for breeding. Cataracts over time will eventually cause blindness.

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