Midland & West of England Great Dane Club

Midland & West of England Great Dane Club

Est. 1948

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This page relates to health issues, health testing, and relevant links which will hopefully be of interest to breeders & owners, by providing information and also, as an aid to improve the health of our breed.

KC Breed Watch….

Breed Watch Final with hyperlinks.pdf Breed watch Booklet 2013 final.pdf 20835_KC_Breed_Watch_Infographics_A5_r4_screen (1).pdf

Anyone wishing to assist in the Great Dane Bloat Study please read the email, sent to the G D Breed Council Health Officer, below:-

Great Dane Bloat Study being collated by Mr Taimur Bilal Hyder Alavi BVSc BSc(Hons) MRCVS

I’m a vet that’s running a study investigating the link between gastric dilatation and volvulus (a condition that I can see from your website you’re very much aware of) and the surgical procedure ‘splenectomy’ (removal of the spleen).

Currently veterinary literature is confusing as to whether or not your dog having a splenectomy increases the risk of them subsequently having a GDV. This is important as vets don’t know whether or not the additional risks involved in performing a surgery to prevent a GDV (‘gastropexy’) are worth taking at the same time as they perform a splenectomy.

We are hoping to investigate this issue and, through this, be able to issue some guidelines based on hard facts that will help prevent GDV’s occurring.

I am contacting you as you are listed as the Health Officer on the Dane Council. At the end of this email is a link to a (very) short survey that, with enough responses, would allow us to investigate this association. I would be massively appreciative if you would be willing to spread this amongst your breeders and owners, - perhaps via your newsletter?


Vet Surgeons recommended for Doppler echocardiography examination  click on heart

Link to Heart Testing Information click on heart

Link to PennHip Screening (Coming soon)

Vet Surgeons recommended for Eye testing (Coming soon)

Genetic Tests – Laboklin

Great Dane genetic tests are available from Laboklin laboratories address 125 Northenden Road, Sale, Manchester M33 3HF Tel: 0161 282 3066, their website is at  www.laboklin.co.uk or they can be emailed at info@laboklin.co.uk

Vaccination Guidelines The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) regularly publishes guidelines for the vaccination of Dogs and Cats. Their website can be found at http://www.wsava.org/guidelines/vaccination-guidelines and it also contains a wealth of information on kidney, liver and hereditary diseases.

Click to see 2017 DCM testing poster information

DCM Research  Volunteers still needed for research into Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Great danes

Click on the heart        for more information,


Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Great Danes Heart testing Vets