This is a serious
complaint as it causes the lens of the eye to become opaque thereby
causing blindness. It has
been identified in Large Munsterlanders but is not widespread and to
date no Ghyllbeck dog has been diagnosed with the complaint. It is easily
detected through ophthalmic examination by a specialist and the result,
either affected or unaffected, is recorded, certified and published
in a similar procedure to that of the HD scheme.
Breed clubs and show societies organize these examinations on a regular
It is recommended however that dogs be examined for the condition annually
as it can occur as what is known
as late onset HC, where a dog does not give any indication of being
affected until well into maturity.
So a dog which may have been passed unaffected as a youngster, and gone
on to produce several litters,
can prove to be a carrier when well past breeding age, which does seem
to negate the value of the scheme somewhat. It would seem that the certificate
is similar to an MoT certificate for a car, valid on the day of issue!
Whilst it is apparent that the schemes all have inherent imperfections,
we at Ghyllbeck believe that if there
are procedures available which may help to avoid debilitating disease
it is prudent to make use of them.
Accordingly, for the benefit of the breed, all Ghyllbeck stock used
for breeding is routinely subject to the relevant KC/BVA health schemes
and has been for many years.
Our routine of good food and plenty of exercise is re-inforced by routine
examination of ears, teeth, skin, coat and
feet plus periodic worming to ensure early detection of infection or
parasites and avoid costly visits to the vet. Sometimes however, home
treatment is not appropriate to certain eventualities and professional
help is required,
this is where it is important to have a good rapport with a sympathetic
vet. The application of good husbandry
is the best way (barring misfortune) to ensure a long and healthy life