Recent technological advances have made testing for glaucoma in dogs a much quicker and easier process. We now recommend that your dog have a reading a minimum of once a year. Certain breeds of dogs are predisposed to glaucoma.
Alaskan Malamute - Akita - American Cocker Spaniel - Basset Hound
Beagle - Boston Terrier - Bouvier des Flandres - Bullmastiff - Chow Chow
Dalmatian - English Cocker Spaniel - Flat-coated Retriever - Great Dane
Greyhound - Italian Greyhound - Miniature Pinscher - Norwegian Elkhound
Poodle - Samoyed - Schnauzer - Shar Pei - Shih Tzu - Siberian Husky
Smooth Haired Fox Terrier - Welsh Springer Spaniel - Wirehaired Fox Terrier
Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC)
Labrador Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Curly Coated Retrievers.
This inherited genetic disorder has been recognized as a distinct syndrome since the early 1990's. Only recently has there been a test developed to screen for it.
EIC is usually seen in field trial bred dogs. Affected dogs can tolerate mild to moderate exercise but become weak in the hind legs and collapse after 5 to 15 minutes of strenuous activity. EIC can lead to death because there is a tendency of these affected dogs to become hyperthermic, (over-heat) which can lead to heat stroke. Signs first become apparent in young dogs between 5 months and 5 years of age.
The good news is the disease is not progressive and if the owner is aware of the problem and does not allow the dog to participate in exciting or strenuous activity, the collapse is not triggered. Knowing that the problem is present can prevent early death of your dog. We recommend testing of all labrador retrievers, (all colors of lab are affected), Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and Curly coated Retrievers under the age of 5 years. The test is a simple blood test that we send out. It takes 2-3 weeks for the results to come back. The results will show if your dog has the syndrome, is a carrier of the syndrome or is free of EIC.
All dogs being test must be micro-chipped. The cost of the test is $168.00 which includes all the shipping and handling of the sample.