Goldendoodle Dogs and Progressive Retinal Atrophy: Recognition and Treatment

Dog owner question

"Hi! My goldendoodle dog, Daisy, seems to have difficulty navigating at night and sometimes bumps into things during the day. I have heard that goldendoodles often suffer from some sort of eye problem. What symptoms should I look out for and what can I do if Daisy has an eye problem?"

Veterinarian's reply

"Hi! It's great that you recognize the problem and are concerned about Daisy's health. Eye disease, particularly progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), can indeed be common in Goldendoodle dogs. This is a genetic disease in which the cells of the retina gradually die, which can eventually cause total blindness.

The first symptoms of PRA can include poor vision at night or reduced vision during the day, which can lead to your dog having difficulty navigating or bumping into objects, as you are experiencing with Daisy.

As the disease progresses, daytime vision can also deteriorate and eventually lead to total blindness.

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If you suspect Daisy has PRA, it's important to see a vet as soon as possible!

PRA can be diagnosed by a simple eye test performed by a vet.

Unfortunately PRA cannot be cured, but if detected early, your dog's quality of life can be improved with certain treatments such as antioxidants and a special diet.

In addition, as PRA is a genetic disease, it may be worthwhile to have Daisy genetically tested, especially if you plan to breed her.

Genetic testing can show whether Daisy carries the genes that cause PRA and can help you decide what health problems may arise in the future.

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PRA is a serious disease, but early detection and the right support can help Daisy live the best life possible. I hope this has helped and that Daisy gets better soon!"