I have two Golden Retriever Service dogs that receive annual ophthalmological eye exams through the ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam Program. My dogs have benefited from this program for over 6 years now and I am truly grateful to the ophthalmological clinics that participate in this program to provide this wonderful service for our service animals.
Last Friday we had another annual exam with for my two Goldens. One of the two dog’s eyes has dark brown irises. The examining ophthalmologist, Dr. Nathan Kice, at Summit Veterinary Referral Center in Tacoma, WA pointed out that because of her dark brown iris she is susceptible to a condition called Golden Retriever Pigmentary Uveitis or GRPU, which researchers are discovering can affect about 25% of all golden retrievers with dark iris eyes. This condition, if not kept under control, can cause blindness and usually affects both eyes. Jada has had 6 annual ophthalmological exams since she was certified as a service animal and I was surprised that nothing was said to me in the past about GRPU. The past two years the exams were done at different clinics because I have been out of state during the exam times in May.
Below is a link to read more about GRPU. If you do not have a Golden Retriever to be concerned about I ask that you will pass this information on to anyone you know that have Golden Retrievers. Many General Practice Veterinarians aren’t even aware of the condition for the research information is published on the Ophthalmology websites and magazines. One sign is red eyes in the whites of the eyes and can be mistreated as allergies. It is caused by inflammation and the inflammation cause needs to be treated. I will continue to use my natural products to reduce inflammation and hope that this will protect my sweet girls eyes. I will also get the recommended annual ophthalmological eye exam to keep us informed.
Dr. Kice, myself and my two Golden Retrievers at their Annual Eye Exam through the ACVO National Service Animal Eye Exam Program.
Thank you Dr. Kice for your love and care of our service animals to participate in this annual program. This is an exceptional clinic.