Pigmentary Uveitis in Goldens is a very real problem. Nearly 10% of all Goldens at least 8 years of age were found to be affected with GRPU in eye clinics in the U.S. This is a very high incidence! Many Veterinary Opthalmologists believe that the incidence is probably much higher. It's extremely painful for the dog and ultimately causes blindness, there is no cure. However, there are things that can be done to manage pain and give quality of life. The earlier it is caught, the better for the dog.
All Golden Retrievers, regardless of whether they are pets or breeding dogs, should begin yearly screening with an ophthalmologist (not just a regular vet) for Pigmentary Uveitis beginning at age 3. Have you scheduled your dog's appointment yet?
Here is a link to locate a specialist to screen your Golden: Ophthalmologist Search ? ACVO Public
Q&A sample from GRCA article: At what age would you recommend beginning screening
examinations for pet dogs that will not be bred, to give
them the best chance for effective treatment if diagnosed?
Sapienza: At three years of age.
Townsend: I think two years of age is a good time to start to get
a baseline and catch some of the rare cases that start at three
to four years of age. Most start to develop definitive changes in the five- to seven-year range in our population.
a. How frequently should pet Golden Retrievers be examined
for pigmentary uveitis?
Sapienza: If not clinical, once a year.
Sullivan: We screen annually. b. Can general practice veterinarians detect early pigmentary
uveitis if the owner specifically asks him/her to check for
Sapienza: I do not believe so. A slit-lamp examination is
imperative after the pupil has been dilated.
Townsend: Better to see an ophthalmologist as our instruments
allow us to detect very subtle changes that occur early in the
Sullivan: Not reliably. It has taken many cases and several
years of repeat examination for me to feel that I can see early
PU. Many GPís arenít able to detect moderate or late PU Ė not
because they are poor clinicians, just because they arenít as
familiar with ocular structures and the differences between
normal and diseased tissues within an eye
Here is a link to the full article on GRCA website: https://www.grca.org/wp-content/uplo...aryUveitis.pdf https://grca.org/wp-content/uploads/...es-health1.pdf