Bernese Mountain Dogs
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a beautiful, large breed dog with German and Swiss ancestry. Bernese Mountain dogs have a shorter than average lifespan of seven to eight years. Like other large breed dogs they are susceptible to many serious health conditions that can cost thousands of dollars to treat.
Bernese Mountain Dog Health
As the owner of a Bernese Mountain Dog it’s important to understand some of the potential health issues your dog may encounter. Below is a list of potential issues that you should be prepared for.
- Allergies – Varies
- Autoimmune Diseases – $500 to $20,000
- Bloat – $1,500 to $7,500
- Cancer – $5,000 to $20,000
- Cataracts – $2,000 to $3,000
- Degenerative Myelopathy – Varies
- Elbow Dysplasia – $3,000 to $6,000
- Ectropion – $300 to $1,500
- Entropion – $300 to $1,500
- Foreign Body Ingestion – $200 to $5,000
- Hip Dysplasia – $4,000 to $6,000
- Luxating Patella – $1,500 to $3,000
- Hypothyroidism – Varies
- OCD– Varies
- Panosteitis – Varies
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy – $2,000 to $3,000
- Subaortic Stenosis – $3,000 to $6,000
- Von Willebrand Disease – $500 to $1,000
Pet Insurance for Bernese Mountain Dogs
Bernese Mountain Dogs are a unique breed and have a unique set of needs. As you can see in the list above, Bernie’s are susceptible to a multitude of health issues. Keep in mind that is typically for large, purebred dogs.
The best way to ensure your BMD get the treatment necessary when it matters most is to enroll in a pet health insurance plan. Pet insurance pays up to 90% of your dog’s vet bills if he or she every gets sick or injured.