You should always consult a Licensed Veterinarian first for medical and health issues. Only a Licensed Veterinarian will be able to properly diagnose and treat your Bullmastiff.
More and more reports are being made of Bullmastiffs dying from kidney disease. All of the Bullmastiffs were very, very young - less than 2 years old. A rarely discussed disease among breeders and puppy buyers - is kidney disease (renal failure) congenital? Considering the many types of kidney diseases identified today and their origins - some forms of kidney diseases are congenital, some forms are symptomatic of an existing health disorder (such as thyroid dysfunction or heart problems), some forms are acquired through infection, and due to old age. Can congenital kidney disease be identified and tested for by the Bullmastiff Breeder in the breeding stock? Yes:
What is Kidney Disease:
Treatment - What are the Options:
Be sure to ask the Bullmastiff Breeder you intend to purchase your puppy from if they have had any incidents of kidney disease in any of the puppies they have produced. If yes, ask if they test for kidney disorders before breeding to ensure clearance, and how many proven generations have they produced that are now clear of this disorder. If you are not sure as to whether the breeder is being honest with you or not - ask to see the results of a Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) and Creatine test for your personal vet to evaluate. It is possible to eradicate this disorder within a line - it is just a manner of testing to identify the problem first, then breeding carefully to eliminate the problem in future litters.
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