After six dogs failed new veterinary checks at Crufts due to eye related conditions, the BVA wishes to clarify confusion that has arisen regarding eye exams the dogs may have undergone before attending the event.
After six dogs failed new veterinary checks at Crufts 2012 due to eye related conditions, the BVA wishes to clarify confusion that has arisen regarding eye exams the dogs may have undergone before attending the event.
Six dogs selected as Best of Breed at Crufts 2012 were removed from the competition following the independent vet checks, and although individual reasons are confidential, The Kennel Club has confirmed that the overriding issue was related to eye conditions.
Further, reports of the event suggest that three of the dogs (Clumber spaniel, mastiff and basset hound) were failed for showing signs of ectropion with secondary conjunctivitis.
However, in light of these revelations, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) is aware that some confusion has arisen within the media regarding eye exams the dogs may have undergone before attending Crufts.
In an official statement, the BVA said the hereditary eye disease screening programme, which it runs in conjunction with the KC and the International Sheep Dog Society (ISDS), relates to conditions of the eye itself and not issues involving the eyelids, tear production or drainage.
Chief panellist Ian Mason said: “The BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Scheme does not currently certify adnexal problems such as entropion and ectropion, although this information may be noted and discussed during the eye examination.”
However, to help breeders tackle some of the breed-related eye problems that are not currently certified under the scheme, panellists are increasingly focusing on providing additional information. In fact, the scheme is finalising a new certificate to give greater prominence to the list of conditions that should be noted.
Mr Mason added: “We hope that the increased attention on eye conditions as a result of the veterinary checks at Crufts will allow us to educate more and more breeders and owners.”
- The BVA/KC/ISDS eye scheme covers 11 hereditary eye conditions in more than 50 breeds of dog.
- For more on this issue and why eye testing is important, download the BVA’s hereditary eye disease leaflet.