About Gordon Setters: Medical Problems
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Gordon Setters are generally a healthy breed, but can be prone to some health problems
of varying degrees of severity:
This is also know as torsion, or bloat. It is common among most of the deep-chested
breeds, like Gordon Setters. Please ask your vet for more information on precautions that
can be taken to lessen the likelihood that your dog will develop this acute and
life-threatening condition. If your vet tells you not to worry about it, that bloat is not
a big problem, or that it wont happen to your dog, please do as I did and get a new vet.
It is a very real problem that can and does kill dogs every year. It also important to
know where the closest 24-hour emergency animal hospital is located and have a plan in
place if this does happen to your dog.
Although this is not as common in Gordon Setters as in many other large breeds, it does
exist. All dogs that are planned to be bred should have their hips checked and approved
before breeding. This should be done when the dog is two years old.
This is fairly common in Gordon Setters. Proper diagnosis of low thyroid activity requires
a thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) response test in addition to the standard T4 test.
*Some of the medical information included in this section has been adapted from the Irish
Setter FAQ authored by Holly Kruse.
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