West Highland White Terrier – Disease Predisposition

West Highland Terrier White


Cardiovascular conditions

  • Ventricular septal defect
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Pulmonic stenosis

Dermatological conditions

  • Malassezia dermatitis
  • Generalised demodicosis
  • Atopy
  • Food hypersensitivity
  • Primary seborrhoea
  • Ichthyosis
  • Epidermal dysplasia in West Highland White Terriers

Gastrointestinal conditions

  • Chronic hepatitis

Haematological conditions

  • Pyruvate kinase deficiency

Musculoskeletal conditions

  • Aseptic necrosis of the femoral head
  • Craniomandibular osteopathy (see figure 15)
  • Pyruvate kinase deficiency
  • Inguinal hernia

Neoplastic conditions

  • Canine cutaneous histiocytoma

Neurological conditions

  • Congenital deafness
  • Lysosomal storage disease – globoid cell Leukodystrophy (Krabbe’s disease)
  • Shaker dog disease
  • Hemivertebrae

Ocular conditions

  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca
  • Persistent pupillary membranes
  • Lens luxation
  • Congenital cataract
  • Multiple ocular defects

Physiological conditions

  • Gestation

Renal and urinary conditions

  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Ectopic ureters

Respiratory conditions

  • Pulmonary interstitial fibrosis

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