It is well known that most breeds of dogs and cats have diseases and disorders to which they are particularly prone. Breed predispositions are often listed under specific disease conditions in the published literature and textbooks. However, it is hard to find a source of information that lists these conditions by breed.
This book aims to correct this deficiency. It is intended to be of use to prospective or current pet owners and breeders who wish to be fully informed of the diseases to which their chosen or favourite breeds may be prone. Its main utility, though, will be to veterinary surgeons, and it is at this group of people that the book is aimed. Much of the language used is of necessity technical, and non-veterinary readers wishing to use this book are urged to contact their vets if they have any queries regarding the information. Breeders wishing to institute programmes to select against inherited diseases should also speak to their vet or a suitably qualified professional.
For veterinary surgeons, this book should be useful in several ways. Most importantly, it should assist in producing and prioritising a list of differential diagnoses after a history has been taken and physical examination made, and allow the selection of the most appropriate tests to achieve a diagnosis. It will also be important in advising clients wishing to buy new pets, and owners of existing pets can be warned of preventative measures to reduce the risk of diseases, or to monitor closely for the onset of clinical signs to allow early treatment to be instituted.