It's always a nervous time when you get the dog's eye examination done. You never think about it when you are working your dogs during the season, and encouraging them to hunt in thick cover like gorse and blackthorn for the bird that fell in there. It's only when you are walking in to the examination do you remember. Hips, elbows and genetics are a once in a lifetime examination and expense, but eyes are every year. At a cost of £60 per dog it shows the breeders commitment to ensuring fully health tested dogs. I am delighted to report that all 4 dogs in our kennel; Druid, Fia, Rory and Rhona have passed their eye exam for 2021. This will be updated on the Kennel Club website and K9 data.com. This was the first time for our 15 month old pups, and it is reassuring to know that the genetics are robust in this area.
What is the purpose of the annual eye check for Labradors?
The main purpose of the BVA/KC/ISDS eye scheme is to ensure that there is no clinical evidence of hereditary eye disease in dogs that are to be used for breeding. A secondary purpose is to identify breed related problems which may be inherited, especially if they have welfare implications for the dog.
Useful external links; Canine Health Schemes, What to do if your dog is suffering from a genetic disease.