POINTERS

Cardiovascular conditions

Aortic stenosis
  • Congenital
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Rare
  • Inherited in this breed
Pericardial effusion

Dermatological conditions

Nasal folliculitis/furunculosis
Muzzle folliculitis – furunculosis
  • Also known as canine acne
Pododermatitis
Discoid lupus erythematosus
Hereditary lupoid dermatosis of German Short-haired Pointers
  • Familial
Black hair follicular dysplasia
  • Familial
Acral mutilation syndrome
Nasal depigmentation
  • Also known as Dudley nose
Truncal solar dermatitis

Endocrine conditions

Central diabetes insipidus (CDI) (German Short-haired Pointers)

Gastrointestinal conditions

Cleft palate
  • Congenital disorder with inheritance suspected in this breed
Oropharyngeal neoplasia (German Short-haired Pointers)
  • Possible breed predisposition

Haematological conditions

Von Willebrand’s disease
  • Affects German Short-haired and German Wire-haired Pointers
  • This breed is predisposed to type II disease

Infectious conditions

Blastomycosis
  • Increased incidence in this breed possibly due to an increased likelihood of exposure
  • Seen mainly in young male dogs living near water
Coccidiomycosis
  • Increased incidence in this breed possibly due to an increased likelihood of exposure
Histoplasmosis

• Uncommon

Musculoskeletal conditions

Polyarthritis/meningitis
English Pointer enchondrodystrophy
Cranial cruciate ligament rupture
  • More common in German Short-haired Pointers
Umbilical hernia

Neoplastic conditions

Mast cell tumours
  • Possible breed predisposition
Cutaneous haemangioma (English Pointers)
  • Possible breed predisposition
Oropharyngeal neoplasia (German Short-haired Pointers)
  • Possible breed predisposition
Nasal cavity tumours (German Short-haired Pointers)
  • Reported to be at increased risk for nasal carcinoma

Neurological conditions

Congenital deafness
Spinal muscular atrophy (English Pointers)
  • Inheritance suspected
Sensory neuropathy (English and German Short-haired Pointers)
Lysosomal storage disease – GM2 gangliosidosis (Japanese and German Short-haired Pointers)
Meningitis and polyarteritis (German Short-haired Pointers)
Pyogranulomatous meningoencephalomyelitis
Hemivertebrae (of the thoracic vertebrae in German Short-haired Pointers)
  • Autosomal recessive inheritance reported in some lines

Ocular conditions

Entropion (usually lateral lower lids)
  • Breed predisposition
Chronic superficial keratitis (pannus) (English Pointers)
  • Breed predisposition
Eversion of the cartilage of the nictitating membrane (German Short-haired Pointers)
  • Breed predisposition –  believed to be inherited as a recessive trait
Corneal dystrophy (English Pointers)
Cataract (English Pointers)
  • Dominant inheritance suspected
Cataract (German Short-haired and German Wire-haired Pointers)
  • Inheritance suspected
Generalised progressive retinal atrophy (GPRA) (German Short-haired and English Pointers)

Reproductive conditions

XX sex reversal (German Short-haired Pointers)
  • Congenital condition reported in this breed

Respiratory conditions

Primary ciliary dyskinesia
  • Affects English Pointers