Bull Mastiffs

The Bull Mastiff is a big, strong, intelligent dog that was originally bred from an English Mastiff and an Old English Bulldog in the 19th Century. Gamekeepers used them on large estates to help keep them free of poachers.

Even though Bull Mastiffs are big dogs they are sensitive, loving and can make good family pets because they are very loyal and protective.  They are great with children and will watch over them as well as being an excellent guardian of the home.  Bull Mastiffs are generally quiet and rarely bark, however, if they sense a possible threat they will make a lot of noise and will raise the alarm.  They are very territorial so will make natural guard dogs and they will protect you with their life.

When you read about Bull Mastiffs they sound wonderful. They are laid back, unless there is danger, faithful, eager to please, fearless and have unconditional love for people. However, there is one BIG messy downside………………SLOBBER!

These dogs are well known for their drool and slobber so you will need to have an old towel or rag in every room of the house. Also, have a few spare ones near the front door so you can give them to visitors who enter your home.  They do not discriminate when it comes to sharing the slobber.

Due to their size and stubborn nature, Bull Mastiffs need training from early on before they get too big. They need to be trained not to pull on the lead.  Also, it is good to socialise it with other dogs at an early age so it develops into a reliable and well behaved dog.

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Health Issues

As with most dogs there are certain types of hereditary problems associated with this breed such as Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Entropion, Hypothyroidism, Lymphoma Cancer, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Arthritis and Bloat.

For more information on some of these issues we have other blogs on our website and also our health advice pages. The links are below.  Also, as well as our main Facebook page we have a sister page which relates to our Orthopaedic Services and covers issues such as Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia.  Click here and it will take you directly to the page. Please click the “like” button so you can keep up to date with information about the subject.

If you have any questions about this please give us a call at the clinic where someone will be able to help you. Alternatively, you can leave a question on our Facebook page

Blog Links

Hyp Dysplasia Part 1 – Click HERE

Hyp Dysplasia Part 2 – Click HERE

Elbow Dysplasia – Click HERE

Cruciate Ligament Rupture – Click HERE

Arthritis – Click HERE

Bloat – Click HERE

Animal CanCare Support Group: An introduction to cancer

Cancer is correctly termed a malignant neoplasm. A neoplasm is an abnormal proliferation of cells. A malignant neoplasm is a group of cells that undergo uncontrolled growth, invade and destroy the surrounding tissues and metastasize (spread to distant sites in the body). In all animals, new cells are constantly being made to replace old and injured cells. This keeps the body fit and healthy. This process of cell replacement and repair is highly regulated and controlled by the body. The name given to the highly regulated sequence of events that a cell goes through when it grows and divides in two is the cell cycle. The regulation of the cell cycle ensures that only perfect copies of the original cell is produced. Cancer starts when a healthy cell is damaged and starts to grow out of control. Perfect replicas of the original cell are not produced and the normal regulation of the cell cycle is lost. The abnormal cells start to grow in an uncontrolled way. What causes this process to go wrong is complex and not fully understood. Some possible causes of cancer are:

  • Breed. We know some breeds are more prone to developing cancer than others eg boxers and flat coat retrievers. These breeds are likely to have more genes in them that may cause cancer
  • Age. Generally older dogs are more prone to cancer. This is because damage to cells accumulates over time increasing the chances of a faulty cell replication occurring resulting in cancer
  • Environmental effects. Carcinogens are chemicals that can cause problems in cell replication leading to cancer. Smoking is the most obvious one of these and exposure to passive smoking is a potential problem in pets. There are also likely to be many other environmental chemicals that could increase cancer risks
  • Obesity increases cancer risks

The clinical signs of cancer can vary tremendously depending on the organ of the body that is first affected (the primary site), invasion of surrounding tissues and whether the cancer has metastasized (most commonly to lungs or liver). The treatment of cancer in dogs and cats has progressed dramatically over the last few years. Surgery still forms the cornerstone of treating many cancers and can be supported by follow up chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Other forms of cancer, such as blood and bone marrow cancers, are entirely treated with chemotherapy. Early detection and diagnosis followed by the appropriate treatment gives the best chance of treating cancer in dogs and cats. It is heart breaking to inform an owner that their pet is suffering from cancer. The owner is faced with so many difficult decisions:

  • The possibility of radical surgery to treat the cancer
  • The possible need for follow up chemotherapy/radiation therapy and side effects associated with this
  • The possibility that despite all this, their pet may still die
  • How much do they put their pet though, especially as affected patients are often elderly
  • The costs of treatment
  • The risks of treatment

The treatment plan that is ultimately undertaken will depend upon the veterinary surgeons in charge of the case and the owner’s decisions and beliefs. We hope that this support group can help you through the process.

 

Cherrydown Vets launches new support groups: Tri Paw Pals and Animal CanCare

If you’ve seen our logo, it reads “Cherrydown Vets Ltd  –  to us they’re one of the family.” That’s not just a nice tag, but how we see your pets and the way we think they should be cared for by us. We believe support and care beyond just the clinical needs of your pet are extremely important. Just as with people, serious illness in pets can cause great distress and worry in a family. Not only is it important to get the right treatment physically it can be an enormous benefit emotionally to be able to talk to others who have been, or are going through the same experiences. So that’s why we put our heads together and have come up with two new Facebook pages to start to bring together people whose pets are going through the same difficult times. Animal CanCare is our support group for people whose pets are suffering from cancer and Tri Paw Pals is our animal amputee support group. In the coming weeks and months we will start to populate the pages with useful advice, interesting articles and stories of animals we see and treat. But that’s only part of what these Facebook Pages are for. The main reason to have them is to allow you, the owners to tell us and others, about your experiences and the things that you found helped, or made coping and making decisions that bit easier. We will answer your questions where we can, or put you in contact with people we think might help. While these pages have been set up by Cherrydown Vets we have not set this up just for our clients. We want to invite people from all over the country to join in, to help fellow pet owners and form a community that helps one another with guidance and input from us and other experts we think can help you. For those of you that are joining us here at the beginning of this journey, things aren’t going to be immediate as it will take time to build and gather momentum. But bear with us, join in and tell your friends about these pages so that word spreads and soon a few will become many and the help, support & ideas will grow.

So there you have it, now it’s partly up to you to help make these pages what you want them to be. So go on, write a comment, tell us if you like us, post photos of your pets and tell us about your experiences and how we can make your journey, and that of your pet, just a little bit easier. We look forward to hearing from you. If you want to contact us or know more about Cherrydown Vets then visit our social media sites: Our web page – http://www.cherrydownvets.co.uk where, amongst other things, you can see videos of us going about our business and realise why we love what we do. Our Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/CherrydownVets where we interact with our friends on a daily basis offering a mix of informative blogs, topical information, details of local events and a few things to bring a smile to your day. Our Twitter Page (@CherrydownVets)  – http://twitter.com/CherrydownVets where we keep you up to date with what we’re up to and who we’re following.