If you are reading this because your WPG has an eye problem, stop now and have a veterinarian look at it. Do not try to diagnose or treat it on your own. Eye problems, particularly foreign bodies, infection and trauma, can progress rapidly, and can also be painful for your dog. Introduction of random medications can impede diagnosis and treatment. If you are looking for a puppy, ask for documentation of a breeder’s health screening results, and this should include an eye exam. The Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) has been the standard since the 1970’s, and there is now (as of November 2012) another option called Eye Certification Registry (ECR). The breeder has a choice of which exam to use. OFA recently developed ECR, has always had a close working relationship with CERF, and will continue to do so. The protocols for each of these exams are the same. The presence or absence of observable hereditary disease is documented. The main difference between the two databases will be that with CERF the breeder will continue to have a choice of whether or not to make the results public domain information, and with OFA normal/passing exams will be posted on their website. The certification is usually good for one year.
The ACVO is a good resource for information on the canine eye and associated diseases, as well as information on finding a veterinary ophthalmolo
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