As a responsible breeder health checking your animals before mating is vitally important. Most pure breeds are genetically predisposed to at least one condition which in some cases can be terminal or life limiting. To prevent theses problems in future generations pre-breeding tests are essential. Hip and eye testing are just some tests to consider. However, if you are thinking of breeding your animal we suggest you make an appointment with a vet so that they can advise you on any potential problems and tests which may be needed.
British Veterinary Association (BVA) Eye Testing
For over 30 years BVA has operated a hereditary eye disease screening programme in conjunction with the Kennel Club (KC) and the International Sheep Dog Society (ISDS). The scheme now covers 11 hereditary eye conditions in over 50 breeds of dog. South Devon Veterinary Hospital is one of a very small number of centres able to offer eye testing: this service is also available if you usually use another practice and no referral is necessary.
The main purpose of the scheme is to ensure that there is no evidence of hereditary eye disease in dogs used for breeding. Breeders are often advised to submit dogs for annual eye tests, since some diseases have late onset of clinical signs.