Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Puppy Updates Part 2 - The Eye Test

This is a picture of the puppies when they were six weeks old and travelled to Mirfield to see an eye specialist vet for their eye screening. There are hereditary health problems in dogs just like there are with some peeps and for miniature schnauzers, one of the main problems is eye diseases: Congenital Hereditary Cataracts; Hereditary Cataracts and Progressive Retinal Atrophy. If a dog is affected it could need surgery or even go blind, so responsible breeders will try to make sure that their dogs are not affected before they have puppies. Our Pip, and her mother and grandmother, going back through even further were all eye tested over the years and were not affected by any of the problems. The puppies' Dad has also been tested several times, and his parents and grandparents going back too. There is not a DNA test for these conditions yet in miniature schnauzers so the dogs have to be examined by a specialist eye vet every year to make sure all is well. For the puppies, they are screened for just one of these conditions as they are too young to show either of the other two. So here they are waiting for their examination to make sure they have no sign of Congenital Hereditary Cataracts. They had a long car journey and then had to have eye drops put in by the nurse:

The nurse came out to the car to do the eye drops and then the puppies were back in the crate to wait for them to take effect. They sat quietly in the vet surgery while other dogs came and went.

It is quite a scary experience having their eyes tested. It is done in a darkened room and the eye vet has strange contraptions to look into their eyes and shines lights at them too but all the pups were good as gold and did not make a murmur. Best of all - no problems with their eyes which is good news :-)

So it was back home for the pups to enjoy a rest after all the excitement of their trip to the vet.
 It's always good when you can find a quiet place to snooze on your own but sometimes it is not for long BOL

                       And here are a couple more cute puppy pictures just for fun :-)


  1. Ohhhhhhhh Moth what excellent news that the pups peepers are 100% fine. We didn't know about the possibility of hereditary cataracts.
    That was a big day for them. I love them all resting together.
    Hugs Madi and mom

  2. A crate full of pups--just has to make you smile. We wish all breeders could be like you. Some, don't care what is passed on to pups.

  3. We are sorry it was a little scary for the pups but so glad they all passed. The basket of puppies is just tooooooo cute!

  4. Yay for the puppies passing their eye test!

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