Pigmentary Uveitis is a growing health problem in golden retrievers
Pigmentary uveitis (PU) is a serious eye disease found only in North American golden retrievers and golden retriever mixes. EVERY golden retriever owner needs to be aware of this disease and breeders need to be knowledgeable. EVERY North American golden retriever and golden cross, including goldendoodles and Lab x golden crosses, needs to be seen by a veterinary ophthalmologist annually!! PU can be a very aggressive disease that will progress to acute glaucoma and cataracts without treatment, usually requiring the removal of the dog’s eyes. Caught early, PU is often treatable with daily eye drops and nutritional supplements.
Dr. Wendy Townsend, Purdue University, is the leading researcher on pigmentary uveitis. You can download notes from her talk at the Canadian Kennel Club National Specialty. Included in these notes are the many topics that were covered by Dr. Townsend, as well as resources, including how to find a find a veterinary ophthalmologist as well as participate in Dr. Townsend’s research.
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Every golden needs annual eye exams!