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Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 08 May 2008 04:25

Many breeds are fortunate enough to have established testing which clearly rules out known genetic diseases.  Unfortunatley, the Neapolitan Mastiff has very few health problems that can be "easily" screened for, prevented and 100% ruled out.

However, that does not mean that testing should not be done but on the contrary Neapolitan Mastiff breeders and owners need to submit samples to ongoing research and test their mastini for diseases.  Although, it may not have immediate effects on our breed today we will be helping future mastini.

Routine Testing

  • Heart Screens - Having your Neapolitan Mastiff screened for Dilated Cardio Myopathy can be done at a cardiologist, you can receive a OFA certificate however the OFA heart screen is not meant to be used for DCM clearance since DCM has sudden onset.
  • Thyroid - A thyroid panel can be done at your vet office or you can have blood drawn and sent to Sylgen Lab's who are keeping a log of Neapolitan Mastiff thyroid panels for future research.
  • Hips/Shoulders - Your veterinarian can do standard joint x-rays for evaluation, keep in mind most veterinarians are not familiar with the standard laxity seen in Neapolitan joints.  The US Health Committee is currently working on developing some protocol for hip/joint screening. 

 

Current Neapolitan Mastiff Specific Testing

 

Diagnostic by Health Gene, Canada (Recommended Baby Blue Kennels)

 

Stay Tuned for more !!!

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 May 2008 15:58