is it normal for a mini poodle to go blind at or around seven yrs. old
is it normal for mini poodles to go blind at or around seven yrs. old
on Jun 1st 2010
in Other Health & Wellness
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Normal - no - there are many diseases which can occur that cause blindness. Regular Vet check-ups can help prevent or treat disease. The blindness may not be preventable or reversable.
Since poodles can live quite long, it's worth seeing if this can be treated.
Snickers answered on 6/1/10. Helpful? / 0
Unless your dog's parents were screened for PRA prior to breeding them, it is likely that your dog has that disease. It usually shows up around 6 or 7 years of age. Sadly, there is no cure, but this is a completely preventable disease IF breeders would have their dogs tested prior to breeding them. Because it is recessive, both parents can show no signs of the blindness BUT can both be carriers which will cause the disease in their puppies. It is a simple DNA test and only has to be done once in the dog's lifetime. ALL my breeding poodles are screened for it and only those free of PRA are used for breeding.
In complete agreement with Toto.
Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011) answered on 6/1/10. Helpful? / 0