Knowing what diseases are common in which breeds, age or sex of animal can be of great benefit in producing a list of differential diagnoses.

Age

There is a wide range of conditions that show a definite age incidence.

Sex

Breed

Breed factors need to be considered, particularly in cardiac diseases where there are numerous examples of breed-related problems. Several respiratory conditions are also seen more frequently in particular breeds, and details are given in the relevant section and Appendix A .

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