gordon setter breed information

common health issues

The cerebellum is the part of the brain that is responsible for regulating and coordinating the body's movement. Affected dogs are normal at birth, but the cerebellar cells deteriorate prematurely. Symptoms include poor coordination, lack of balance and a high-stepping gait. At this time, there is no treatment for this progressive disease.

Entropion describes the inward rolling of the eyelid, often causing the eyelashes to come into contact with the eyeball and cause irritation and often ulceration. Many affected dogs will require surgical correction and severe cases may require multiple surgeries.

The retina is responsible for transmitting light to the brain where it is interpreted as an image. PRA causes deterioration of retinal cells and causes blindness. It can affect puppies as young as a few weeks old, or may appear later in life. There is no treatment or cure, but blind dogs usually can lead quite happy lives.

The retina lines the back of the eye and is responsible for transmitting visual stimulus to the brain. Retinal dysplasia is a malformation of the retina which can range from mild retinal folds to severe dysplasia with detachment of the retina and blindness. Visually impaired dogs generally adapt to life well due to their keen sense of smell.

GDV (or bloat) describes a condition whereby a dog's stomach becomes dilated with air and then, while dilated, twists over on itself, effectively sealing the stomach. The most common sign of bloat is a firm, distended stomach, especially if it seems to occur rapidly. GDV is one of the true life-threatening emergencies in dogs and many cases require emergency surgery.

Cataracts describes the transparency of the lens in the eye.While cataracts are a common finding in older dogs, many breeds, including Cavaliers, have a genetic predisposition to juvenile cataracts, i.e., occurring in young animals. Hereditary cataracts can occur as early as six months of age and progress to complete loss of vision by two years old. The good news is that most affected lenses can be treated surgically. Cost of treatment: $1,500 to $3,000 per lens.

A Scottish dog whose origins date back to the 17th century, the Gordon Setter was initially prized for his hunting abilities, rising to fame in the kennels of the fourth Duke of Gordon in the early 19th century (hence his name). Before long, he became well-known for his beauty as much as his talents as a bird dog.

The Gordon Setter is beautiful, indeed, with his long silky black and tan coat. He does need more exercise than the average breed, and has a slightly higher grooming commitment, but the payoff is well worth it. Provided that consistent training is instituted, the Gordon Setter makes a loving and loyal addition to most families. He is smart, but his independence and tendency to ignore owner requests can sometimes make him come off as a bit stubborn. Nipping this in the bud with proper early training will go a long way towards producing a responsive pet.

Independent streak aside, Gordon Setters are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – and your family’s vacation fund. Some of the conditions and illnesses Gordon Setters are prone to include eye issues such as retinal dysplasia, cataracts, entropion and progressive retinal atrophy; neurological problems such as cerebellar abiotrophy; and digestion problems such as gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV or bloat).

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your silky-haired beauty inherits his dad’s bad eyes or his mom’s unsettled stomach, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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