Health Information

The ECSCA provides information and supports research on health concerns of the English Cocker Spaniel. The Health Education Committee Chairperson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , can assist with answers to health questions and concerns.


OH NO! What's THAT Mean?! an explanation of health "jargon" by Addi Pittman
Health Concerns Found in Purebred Dogs by Addi Pittman
Neuropathy in English Cocker Spaniels by Elizabeth H. Neff, Patricia Janzen, and Joyce B. Winkels


There are many places on the web to get more information about health issues related to English Cocker Spaniels. The following web sites, many provided by the ECSCA Health Chairperson, may be helpful. These links are topically arranged as follows:

  • general information (including medications and tests)
  • health concerns more frequent in English Cocker Spaniels
  • less frequent health concerns
  • miscellaneous links

General Information

A cancer registry. which includes ECS, is being initiated by Cancer Registry , College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia, Dr. Larry Thornburg, University of Missouri
A listing of Canine Genetics Resources is available for the web.
Links to other Canine Medical Information, complied by Cindy Tittle Moore.
Vetinfo's Encyclopedia of Canine Veterinary Medical Information
Animal Poison Control by the ASPCA Animal Poison Control
Poisonous Plant Guide
Cornel Poison Plant Information
Georgia Veterinary Specialists Misc. Health Information
Senior Dog Project for misc. information on older dogs
Dog Infomat's Misc. Dog Information

Vaccinations, Drugs and Medication

Designing Effective and Safe Vaccination Program for Dogs, a PDF file by Leland Carmichael
Medications by Wendy C. Brooks, DVM, DABVP at Pet Care Forum
Common Drugs and Nutraceuticals from
USDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine has various links on drugs
Vaccines, Infectious Diseases and the Canine Immune System: The Importance of Weighting the Risk to Benefit Ratio by Pamela A. Davol

Testing - Lab test, blood tests, etc.

What Do Those Lab Tests Mean? from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University


Canine Hip Dysplasia

Lots of links to other sites from Canine Hip Dysplasia Resources

Eyes (general)

American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and Progressive Rod-Cone Degeneration (PRCD)

New Mutation Test for prcd PRA: OptiGen, LLC Press Release, June 1, 2005 with added information for the ECSCA


Ectropion from ProVet's Health Care Information


Entropion from ProVet's Health Care Information

Persistant Pupillary Membrane (PPM'S)

Persistent Pupillary Membranes (PPM'S)
What are Persistent Pupillary Membranes (PPM) by Canine Inherited Disorders Database


Nutritional Cataracts by Dr. Lisa Meek, Member ACVO
Cataract from Veterinary Vision

Kidney Disease (FN)

Familial Nephropathy by Addi Pittman
Familial Nephropathy (FN) in [English] Cocker Spaniel Dogs by George E. Lees, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Chronic Kidney Failure (CIN)

Chronic Kidney Failure: What You Should Know by Mar Vista Animal Medical Center

Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Heart Disease by HomeVet. General overview on dog heart diseases.
Heart Muscle Disease: Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs
Cardiology information from Veterinary Clinical Cardiology

Heart (General)

Veterinary Heart Institute web site

Autoimmune Diseases

Addison's Disease

Addison's Disease by Michael Richards, DVM

Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA)

Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia by Michael Richards, DVM
Autoimmune Diseases-Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia by Kathleen R. Hutton, DVM

Cushing's Disease

Cushing's Syndrome


Thyroid Testing In Dogs:A Reference for Dog Breeders and Owners by Karen J. Wolfsheimer, D.V.M., Ph.D. and Colleen Brady, B.A.
Hypothyroidism Information by Provet. You can do a search and find an article on drugs that depress Thyroxine (T4) concentrations and may confuse the diagnosis of hypothyroidism

Lupus (SLE)

Autoimmune Diseases-Systemic Lupus Erythematosis by Kathleen R. Hutton, DVM

Other Health Concerns


Anthrax: What Dog Owners Want to Know by Pamela A. Davol


The Arthritis and Glucosamine Information Center

Bladder Stones

Urinary Stone-Forming in Dalmatians and Other Dogs by the Dalmatian Club of America


First Aid for Bloat by Elektrik Borzoi

Cancer (various forms)

Vet Cancer Registry
Oncology Links from the OncoSite
Canine Round Cell Tumors By Elizabeth A Nesbit
Lymphoma in Animals by the Lymphoma Information Network

Canine Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome (viral disease)

Canine Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome


Canine Epilepsy Resource Center
Canine Epilepsy Network
Canine Epilepsy by Epi-Guardian Angels



Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Frequently Asked Questions About Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Liver Disease

Liver Disease

Lyme Disease

Canine Lyme Disease


Megaesophagus provided by Wendy C. Brooks DVM, DABVP


PetDiets, a site for pet nutrition advice and homemade diets from Veterinary Nutritional Consultations, Inc.
What's Really in Pet Food from the Animal Protection Institute

Periodontal Disease and Dental Information

Periodontal Disease from All Pets Dental Clinic

Copyright 2011. Joomla 1.7 templates.