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Fila Brasileiro Health and Other Issues
Like most breeds, the fila does have it's health issues and problems.


Dog Owner's Guide to Bloat in Deep Chested Breeds
Bloat, Torsion. Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV). Call it what you will, this is a serious, life-threatening condition of large breed dogs. While the diagnosis is simple, the pathological changes in the dog's body make treatment complicated, expensive, and not always successful.







Elbow Dysplasia

Elbow Dysplasia - by Frog Holler Filas
Elbow dysplasia is a generalized incongruence of the elbow joint in young, large, rapidly growing dogs that is related to abnormal bone growth, joint stresses, or cartilage development.


Hip Dysplasia

Fila Brasileiro Foundation
Less than 70% of the Fila Brasileiros evaluated by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals have normal hips. Approximately 20% of Filas studied have Canine Elbow Dysplasia. This site is being designed as a tool, and represents work in progress. The goals include provision of information on individual dogs to those who are seriously dedicated to improving the breed. Intelligent use of this information will result in the reduction of canine hip dysplasia and canine elbow dysplasia in the Fila Brasileiro.

Hip Dysplasia - by Frog Holler Filas
Hip dysplasia is a multifactorial abnormal development of the coxofemoral joint in large dogs that is characterized by joint laxity and subsequent degenerative joint disease. Excessive growth, exercise, nutrition, and hereditary factors affect the occurrence of hip dysplasia...continue

Comparison of Hip and Elbow Dysplasia X-rays - by Frog Holler Filas
This x-ray is of a Fila who was evaluated by OFA as being 'Good'. You can see that the hip joint (femoral head and acetabulum) is clean and well shaped...continue



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