The Blue Book – Ocular Disorders Presumed to be Inherited in Purebred Dogs PDF. Ocular disorders, proven or presumed to be inherited in purebred dogs, have been a topic of intense dialogue by Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) for many years.
The Blue Book – Ocular Disorders Presumed to be Inherited in Purebred Dogs PDF
The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF), other breed registry groups, breed clubs, and practicing veterinarians have requested that the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) provide a scientific advisory panel to furnish guidelines regarding ocular disorders of major concern to purebred dogs. The Genetics Committee of the ACVO was formed in response to these requests and is engaged in an ongoing effort to update information on ocular disorders proven or suspected to be hereditary in purebred dogs. The compendium of ocular disorders and breeding recommendations which follow are interim guidelines. They are reviewed regularly and revised whenever additional information becomes available.
National and international breed clubs are encouraged to submit their input regarding breeding decisions for ocular disorders found in their breeds. Local breed clubs can participate by encouraging and organizing ocular examination clinics and forwarding their requests and concerns to their national organization. Practicing veterinarians are encouraged to contribute by informing all owners of potential breeding animals of the value and availability of ocular examinations, prior to breeding. Information regarding ocular disorders found in litters or individuals can be forwarded to the Genetics Committee via any ACVO diplomate.
Individual breeders wishing to uphold high ethical standards for the improvement of their breed are urged to contribute by annual examination of their breeding animals and by encouraging the same from other breeders. Further information can be obtained from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA): 2300 E Nifong Boulevard, Columbia, MO, 65201-3806, 573-442-0418. Only through increased awareness of the problems and a sustained cooperative effort to disseminate accurate information, will we be able to control and/or eliminate hereditary eye diseases in purebred dogs.