Addison's disease
Symptoms include: Diarrhoea, vomiting, weight loss and lethargy.

Dilated Cardiomyopathy(DCM)
Symptoms include: Intolerance to exercise, coughing, shortness of breath and weight loss.

Symptoms include: Turning in, or inversion of an eye lid. Discharge and inflammation.

Gastric Dilation/Bloat
Symptoms include: Restlessness, vomiting/retching (usually unproductive), abdominal swelling - not always present. Difficulty breathing, shock, followed by collapse.
Immediate and urgent veterinary intervention required.

Splenic Torsion/Twisted Spleen
Symptoms: Vomiting, restlessness, fatigue, poor appetite, abdominal swelling, not always present. Can also be secondary to Gastric Dilation/Bloat.
Immediate and urgent veterinary intervention required.

Symptoms include: sticky discharge, swelling or bulging of the eye/s.

Hip Dysplasia - Subluxation, Osteochondritis Dissecans, Slipped Epiphysis, Congenital Dislocation
Symptoms include: Reluctance to rise from a sitting position, poor gait, lameness, pain and may cause muscle wasting.

Symptoms include: Lameness and swelling may or may not be present.
(Note: other symptoms will present if the tumour is not located on/in limb)

Wobbler's Syndrome
Symptoms include: Ataxia, prancing or wide gait, abduction of hind limbs and dragging of the feet.

**The above information is intended as a general guide only and veterinary advice should always be sought where appropriate.

Further information can be found at the following websites:
Great Dane Breed Council
The Kennel Club

Edward Boden (2001) Blacks Veterinary Dictionary, London, A & C Publishers Ltd accessed 20th March 2013
Di Johnson (1994) Great Danes Today, Letchworth, Ringpress Books Ltd
S William Haas (2001) Great Dane, Dorking, Interpret Publishing

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