English Setter Potential Health Problems

English Setter Health Issues
The English Setter has some major health problems, ranging from canine hip dysplasia, deafness, elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism and some lesser concerns such as progreesive retinal atrophy - PRA, Osteochondritis dissecans - OCD and epilepsy on occasion. See the descriptions below.

English Setter Dog - Health Problems

Health guarantees:

 If you are looking for an English Setter puppy, it is very important to find a reputable English Setter breeder, one who cares about the breed and who has all breeding stock tested and cleared for various genetic problems before breeding. It is only by testing and breeding cleared specimens that these diseases will be brought under control. We suggest that you start your search with the breed clubs. Most clubs have a code of ethics and while it doesn't guarantee a perfect English Setter puppy, it's better than dealing with breeders who don't know or care about such matters.

Canine hip dysplasia (CHD):

 is a skeletal problem, an abnormal development of the hip joint where the head of the femur does not fit snugly into the pelvic socket. It is characterized by a shallow acetabulum (the "cup" of the hip joint) and changes in the shape of the femoral head (the "ball" of the hip joint). These changes may occur due to excessive looseness in the hip joint. Hip dysplasia can exist with or without clinical signs. When dogs exhibit symptoms of hip dysplasia they usually are in pain and lame on one or both rear legs. Severe arthritis can develop as a result of the malformation of the hip joint and this results in pain as the disease progresses. Effective arthritis treatment  More information. See the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals OFA  See the University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program PennHIP  You don't have to wait until your dog exhibits symptoms. You can take steps now to minimize the chances your dog will suffer arthritic pain due to hip dysplasia.  Treating your pet's impending or existing arthritis.

Elbow Dysplasia (ununited anconeal process):

 Due perhaps to improper development (different growth rates) of the three bones making up the elbow, the joint is lax or loose and in mildly affected dogs leads to painful arthritis. Whereas in severly affected dogs, osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), fragmented medial coronoid processes and united anconeal processes can result from the stress in the joint.  More elbow dysplasia information.  Treatments involve surgical correction if possible, or medical management using asprin and other anti-inflammatory drugs.  See effective Osteoarthritis treatment.

Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD):

 is a degeneration of bone underlying the cartilage layer of joints. It is a condition often seen in young fast growing dogs of the larger breeds. X-rays of suspected joints are often inconclusive. OCD usually appears during the growth phase of a young dog, usually six to nine months of age. OCD can affect the shoulder, ankle or elbow joint. It is painful and the dog limps. Physical impacts, like jumping off high objects and being overweight are contributing factors.
Complete rest and limited playful activities for several weeks, often difficult with a young puppy, is effective treatment, or surgical removal of torn away cartilage pieces, is probably the fastest treatment. Controlling diet is important in fast growing breeds.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA):

 is a family of diseases all involving the gradual deterioration of the retina. It is diagnosed by a retinoscopic exam or by means of an electroretinogram (ERG). Early in the disease, affected dogs become nightblind and lack the ability to see in dim light; later on daytime vision also fails. As their vision deteriorates, affected dogs adapt to their handicap very well, as long as their environment remains constant. Certain breeds are affected early in life, whereas in other breeds, PRA develops much later in onset. More PRA information.  


 This is a brain problem which can result in seizures. If your dog has a seizure, you need to know what to do immediately. Learn from the following link, Click Here.

Other Documented Problems:

 Existing congenital and hereditary diseases - non prioritized.
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