Update - Joan Northend - Irish Setters - Cataracts

A few months ago I asked if anyone had dogs with cataracts as vets had diagnosed my eldest with them.

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Several of you rang and I thank you very much.

I was not convinced Shadow’s eye problems were due to cataracts, so recently I had him examined by Prof Peter Bedford. Shadow’s cataracts turned out to be Bi Lateral Nuclear Sclerosis which is different to the cataract that is often operated on.

Peter then diagnosed Late Onset PRA. Although not many older dogs have been diagnosed with this Peter said that he hasn’t examined many either. He urges that we as a breed attend eye clinics and have our oldies tested. I think it would be wonderful to prove that numbers of affected dogs are very small.

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Joan Northend


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