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Have you scheduled your adult Golden's yearly eye exam yet?

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.
Townsend: Yearly.
Sullivan: We screen annually.
b. Can general practice veterinarians detect early pigmentary
uveitis if the owner specifically asks him/her to check for
this?

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
disease process.
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


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My regular vets didn't know what pigmentary uveitis was when I asked them. *sheepish smile*

Seriously speaking though - I just heard through the grapevines and round the block about a 6 year old golden who was just diagnosed with PU. And this was a shock because that was a really nice dog who was doing everything and was bred a number of times already.

The worst thing is that he's apparently related to at least 6 other dogs who likewise were dx with PU. I didn't check this, but this is what I was told. Literally this is something I want to duck my head in the ground about because I just saw another one that shocked me. So sorry.

This hits home for me because I've said to people close to me that I don't know what to think of PU. I have been paying $110 every year for eye clearances for 2 dogs and that will go up to $155 next year with 3 dogs, so I do the due diligence, but it seemed like people were more hysterical than needed about a rare issue.

Talking to my younger two's breeder - she has said time and again that it's inbreeding that's causing PU in various lines. I don't know what to think of that however, because I don't think of the pedigree of the boy alluded to above as being inbred. It stinks. I really really really hate when bad things happen to good people and excellent dogs.


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I think it is SO wrong to not make PU diagnosis public info.
And wish you would pm me who it is, so there is a knowledge base out there (not just me but I'm one).

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Robin - the owners I was referring to all have made the dx public. It's posted on K9data and some have posted the results on OFA too.

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So- we've been chatting- there are some who aren't so forthcoming (though yes, most are).. and this sort of info is what a pet person can NEVER know on their own. Pet people- when one of us says 'stay away' without being specific it might be that we know something that's not ours to post but we'd avoid it like the plague. Trust that there's a reason.

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This forum is a wonderful way of educating and informing the average pet owner or Golden person about issues that sometimes even your vet won't be on top of. I have learned SO much here that I never could have found in a book. I first learned about PU here on this forum almost 10 years ago.

It is a mistake to think that PU is something that shows up only in inbred dogs or inbred lines. This is a disease that WAY too much is still unknown about and because it is so painful to the affected dog and there is no cure, the best line of defense is early detection. Way too many pet Goldens are flying under the radar because owners think that it's age related eye changes or allergies etc. not knowing their dog is in pain or in danger of losing eye sight until it's too late.

What matters is that breeders are asking questions about PU when making breeding decisions and God help us, stop acting so cavalierly about yearly eye exams and posting those results on OFA for breeding dogs. Those eye exams matter and so does the information being available for research.

My intention with this post was to hopefully inspire a handful of pet owners to schedule an eye exam, at least once, with a veterinary Opthalmologist and keep on top of this information. Please get those eye exams done.


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In addition to the annual OFA exam, I highly recommend an eye pressure check once a year, too, preferably 6 months after the OFA exam. A regular vet can usually do it for a nominal cost. We do it as part of our senior exam.



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In addition to the annual OFA exam, I highly recommend an eye pressure check once a year, too, preferably 6 months after the OFA exam. A regular vet can usually do it for a nominal cost. We do it as part of our senior exam.
Barb, is this just to check for glaucoma between checks?


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Yes, because glaucoma can be a symptom of PU (and other things)

QUOTE=nolefan;7754814]Barb, is this just to check for glaucoma between checks?[/QUOTE]



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