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What Is Progressive Retinal Atrophy In Dogs?

The retina is the tissue that lines the inner surface of the eye; it forms and transmits images to the brain. In retinal degeneration, the cells of the retina begin to lose their function, which leads to impaired vision or blindness.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy In Dogs

Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a group of disease that worsens over time and is seen especially in Collies, Irish Setters, Miniature Poodles, Cocker Spaniels, Briards, Labrador Retrievers, Labradoodles, Mastiffs, Samoyeds, and Siberian Huskies.

PRA occurs when the cells of a dog’s retinas degenerate. A gene mutation is responsible for the problem. It is, therefore, imperative to know the breeding history before acquiring a puppy, in order to ensure that none of its ancestors has gone blind.

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Symptoms of Progressive Retinal Atrophy In Dogs

  • Dilated pupils
  • Inability to see clearly in bright light
  • Night blindness or complete blindness
  • Sudden blindness
  • Signs of liver disease
  • Obesity may be observed
  • The pupil has abnormal reactions to light
  • Cataracts may be observed

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Causes of Progressive Retinal Atrophy In Dogs

  • Abnormal retinal structure at birth
  • Abnormal development of the retina with age
  • Adverse Reactions to a specific drug
  • Cancer from other parts of the body that has spread to the retina
  • Deficiency of Vitamin A or E
  • Idiopathic (unknown cause)
  • Infections of the retina or infections that spread from other parts of the body
  • Insufficient or excess amounts of certain enzymes
  • Long-term glaucoma
  • Separation of the retina due to trauma
  • Acquired retinal degeneration syndrome
  • Intoxications

Treatment of Progressive Retinal Atrophy In Dogs

There is no effective cure for retinal degeneration in dogs, however, some nutritional supplements and diet changes may be beneficial. Surgery is not indicated if your dog’s eyes are blind and non-painful. There are currently no medications available that can reverse retinal degeneration. in dogs.

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