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Breed Predispositions to Disease in Dogs and Cats, 3rd Edition

Breed Predispositions to Disease in Dogs and Cats, 3rd Edition

Alex Gough, Alison Thomas, Dan O'Neill

ISBN: 978-1-119-22557-7

Jan 2018, Wiley-Blackwell

416 pages



Breed Predispositions to Disease in Dogs and Cats, Third Edition provides a comprehensive exploration of current knowledge of breed predispositions based on rigorous examination of primary research. 

  • Incorporates the latest research, new testing methods, and newly-discovered predispositions and diseases
  • Provides expanded information on genetics, epidemiology, and longevity
  • Includes key characteristics of diseases, including pathogenesis, genetics, risks, and common presentations
  • Indexes dogs and cats by breed, with listings of common inherited and predisposed disorders organized by body system
  • Includes absolute and relative frequency/occurrence data for conditions, along with references to further information


Authors biographies




Basic and clinical genetics




Part I: Dog breeds (needs to be expanded as per previous edition)

Part II: Cat breeds

Part III: Disease descriptions


“This third edition focuses on presenting evidence about breed predispositions to increased levels of disease in purebred dogs and cats; and it seems to succeed in including all the best and most recent findings in the existing body of scientific literature. The book is therefore a must for all small animal vets, leading breeders, breed organizations and others tasked with advising on how to improve the welfare of dogs and cats through better breeding.” - Peter Sandøe “The authors have relied on 'evidence-based veterinary medicine,' i.e. a solidly scientific basis for their claims. They have enumerated the problems that arise in hundreds of breeds of dog and cat, and any person contemplating the acquisition of a purebred animal is well- advised to study this book carefully. Doing so can help assure that the animals we profess to love do not live lives of pain, suffering, disease and misery.” - Bernard E. Rollin