Uveitis Is An Eye Disease That Mainly Affects Golden Retrievers

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Pigmentary Uveitis is an eye disease that mostly affects Golden Retrievers. Pigmentary Uveitis is also known as Golden Retriever Uveitis, cystic glaucoma, or the shortened name of PU. PU is thought to have originated from the Northeastern part of the United States, and was mostly in Golden Retrievers. PU also affects crossbred dogs with Golden’s such as Goldendoodles. Although it is present in crossbreds, the disease still mainly affects Golden Retrievers. This is a genetic disease that affects the eye, and the eye only. “Uveitis is an inflammation of the uveal tract, which includes the iris” (Golden Retriever Uveitis). PU is usually diagnosed around the age of 8.6 years. Which means if they were breeding dogs, they would have already passed it on to their offspring. This genetic disease could spread very quickly, considering the signs are not visible until after they have had offspring. Since breeding programs outside of the United States have different certification standards, researchers do not know if PU has spread to other countries at this time. Pigmentary Uveitis is usually diagnosed around the age of 8.6 years, although there are cases that have reported as early as 2.5 years old (Sullivan, T., DVM) and the oldest was 14.5 years old (Sapienza, J., DVM). Most breeding dogs get diagnosed at one of their eye tests, called CERF (Canine Eye Registry Foundation), and then go for further testing. Other non-breeding dogs get diagnosed by concerned owners that

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