It is an inherited condition which can be found in most dog breeds.
Progression of PRA varies from breed to breed with loss of night vision normally occurring from 5 – 8 years of age.
Symptoms of Progressive retinal atrophy in dogs:
In addition to night blindness other signs of PRA may include:
- Dilated pupils
- The surface of the eye may appear cloudy.
- Bumping into walls and objects around the house.
- Tripping and falling over objects.
- Loss of co-ordination, especially when taken out of their home environment.
- Dog may hesitate to walk down stairs or dark hallways.
Treatment of Progressive atrophy in dogs:
At present there is no treatment available for PRA.
The best one can do is to make your dogs’ environment as safe and comfortable as possible.
Where possible try not to rearrange furniture in the house as a blind pet will often memorize the layout and re-arranging will only cause them to become disorientated and hurt themselves.
If there is a swimming, pond or any other body of water make sure that your dog can’t fall into these.
Early detection of PRA in infected animals is essential to prevent it from spreading through breeding.
Breeds affected by PRA include:
American cocker spaniel
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
English cocker spaniel
Portuguese water dog