An examination by a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist is one of the health exams that we use at Alangus Mini & Toy Aussies. Eye exams are much like the ones that we have as humans and start with a visual exam with a lighted magnifying instrument to look for lesions or anomalies on the surface of the eye. After the eyes are dilated, the doctor can look for additional issues like cataracts that might be heritable to the next generation.
Once the exam is complete, the ophthalmologist completes a form to be submitted to CERF (Canine Eye Registration Foundation) to add the dog’s name to the database. CERF was started by a group of breeders to encourage good husbandry by not passing along excessive risks of blindness in canine bloodlines. Additional information at www.vmdb.org/history.html
All of my adult dogs have been certified by CERF and Swagger and Rosie just “passed” their test which is one more check mark on their list of health clearances.
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