There are few things that can have such a huge impact on your Gordon setter‘s quality of life as the normal functioning of your Gordon Setter’s health. Unfortunately, the Gordon set may inherit or develop many different eye conditions, some of which may lead to blindness, most of which may be extremely painful if not treated immediately! We will evaluate his eyes at each examination to look for any signs of concern. A cataract is a common cause of blindness in elderly Gordon Setter dogs. We’ll see his lenses become more opaque, which means that when we examine him, they look cloudy rather than clear. Many of the Gordon setters are well adapted to the loss of vision and get along well. Surgical removal of cataracts and restoration of vision may also be an option.
Dry eye, also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca or KCs, is common in Gordon setters. The lacrimal glands no longer produce enough tears to keep the eyes moist, leading to eye pain, itching, and infection. Ouch! Symptoms include thick secretions, squinting, scratching eyes with claws, or dull, dry eyes. This is a painful situation; if you find any signs, please call us immediately. We do a tear test when we examine him. If he has this disease, we’ll prescribe an ointment for him to use for the rest of your dog’s life.
Notice how the lower eyelid curls to the eye surface. Eyelid entropion. Notice how the lower eyelid curls toward the surface of the eye to cause irritation. Entropion is a condition in which the eyelids roll inward and the eyelashes rub against the cornea (the surface of the eyeball). It’s a very exciting and painful condition that eventually leads to blindness. It can happen in any breed of dog, however, your Gordon is particularly dangerous for hereditary diseases. Early correction is usually successful.
This is a kind of eyelid droop or away from the eye defect. Ectropion can cause the eyes of sad-looking puppies, but more importantly, the problem can expose the eyes to environmental pollutants, causing irritation, dryness, and possibly developing eye infections. Gordon dogs are more prone to this deformity than other dogs. The good news is that it can usually be corrected surgically.
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is an inherited disease in which the eye is genetically programmed to be blind. Unfortunately, Gordon setter dogs are more likely to have this condition than other dogs. PRA is not painful, but it cannot be cured. In dogs with bad genes, early symptoms such as night blindness or mydriasis usually begin around the age of three to five. In this case, genetic testing can be carried out.
Sometimes, small strands of tissue that were intended to disappear soon after birth are still attached to the iris. When this happens, it’s called a persistent pupillary membrane, and it’s more likely to occur in your Gordon setter than in other dogs. Fortunately, these tissue fragments usually do not harm or hinder vision, but occasionally cause problems.
Juvenile cellulitis is occasionally more common in the Gordon set than in other breeds. Affected puppies will have swollen and inflamed faces and lymph nodes under the chin. Sometimes more than one dog in a litter is affected. If treated immediately, the disease responds well to antibiotics and steroids.
X-ray plain film of a normal hip joint
X-ray films of dogs with hip dysplasia. X-ray films of dogs with hip dysplasia.
Hip and elbow dysplasia
Both buttocks and elbows are at risk for stunting, a genetic disease that can lead to abnormal joint development and arthritis. Your Gordon’s elbow or hip stiffness can be a problem for him, especially as he matures. You may notice that he begins to show lameness or difficulty getting up from lying down. We can treat arthritis as early as possible to minimize discomfort and pain. We will X-ray your dog’s bones so that problems can be found as soon as possible. Surgery is sometimes a good option in severe and life-limiting situations. Remember, overweight dogs may develop arthritis earlier than normal-weight dogs, leading to excessive pain and pain!
Gordon Setter dogs are prone to patent ductus arteriosus, a small blood vessel between two parts of the heart that cannot be normally closed soon after birth. This can cause too much blood to be sent to the lungs, build up fluid, and put pressure on the heart. External symptoms may be mild, or you may see coughing, fatigue during exercise, weight loss, shortness of breath or weakness in the hind limbs. In his examination, we listened to a special type of heart murmur to diagnose the problem. If your friend has this condition, we recommend surgery to close the vessel in question.
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