Useful Links to other sites.
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals-information on breed specific clearances as well as database to check out clearances http://www.offa.org
Pigmentary Uveitisis (PU) is an eye condition that was first described in veterinary literature in 2000. It is seen almost exclusively in Golden Retrievers and is felt to have a genetic basis. Not only is PU painful, it can cause blindness and, in some cases, dogs have needed to have their eyes removed to treat the pain! This is a serious issue for the breed. Unfortunately, the average onset of PU is 8.5 years and this means that a dog may have been bred before the breeder had any idea that there was a problem. The GRCA is currently updating their Code of Ethics to strongly recommend that all dogs used in any breeding program have yearly eye exams for the remainder of their lives. Owners of pets should strongly consider yearly eye exams by a veterinary opthamologist starting at 4 or 5 years of age. If PU is present early treatment may save your dogs eyes. Unfortunately, veterinarians who do not specialize in diseases of the eye may miss many of the early signs of the disease. To see the current statement by the GRCA please visit: http://www.grca.org/health/uveitis1.html
Nearly two out of three Golden Retrievers will die of cancer. The University of Minnesota Vet School has developed a very active research program. Not only does canine cancer research benefit our beloved Golden Retriever, it benefits many other breeds and furthers research into human cancer as well. http://www.cvm.umn.edu/accr/home.html
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