Three reasons you should get pet insurance for Mastiffs
Although Mastiffs are often compared to small horses, these dogs are huge softies – the gentle giants of the dog world. They're incredibly loving and loyal to their families (and make great cuddle companions). Like all dog breeds – and this is a broad-ranging breed, including Bull Mastiffs, Neopolitan Mastiffs, Tibetan Mastiffs, Cane Corsos, Boerboels and Dogues de Bordeaux – these dogs are genetically prone to a few medical conditions. That’s why pet insurance is a must for your Mastiff.
Here are some health issues common to Mastiffs. They may seem expensive but pet insurance could cover most of the cost.
Mastiffs are large, loveable creatures with the soppiest puppy eyes. However, they are very prone to certain eye diseases such as canine cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy and eyelid abnormalities. These can become very painful and can affect this breed's eyesight. Depending on the severity, eye diseases can be costly to treat, with cataract surgery costing up to $4,000. The right pet insurance plan would cover most of this cost, though.
Larger breeds often suffer from joint issues and Mastiffs are no exception. This breed most commonly suffers from Elbow and Hip Dysplasia which can affect their mobility if left untreated. It can cost around $3,000 to treat – and that’s without all the medication and physiotherapy. Some types of dysplasia can progress into joint inflammation and arthritis, which is not only painful but has to be treated long-term.
Mastiffs are more likely to bloat than a lot of breeds. This can cause the stomach to twist on itself, known as gastric torsion. This cuts off blood flow and can be very dangerous. This condition can happen suddenly and can cause a lot of damage if not seen by a vet instantly. Emergency pet insurance can prevent any unnecessary worry, especially if a pup suddenly becomes sick.