PROGRESSIVE RETINAL ATROPHY
The Canine Genetics team is involved in projects to study the genetics of Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) in several breeds, including the English Springer Spaniel, Irish Red and White Setter, Labrador Retriever, Lhasa Apso, Miniature Long-Haired Dachshund, Shih Tzu and Tibetan Spaniel. We aim to identify the genetic mutations that are responsible for PRA in these breeds and will develop DNA tests, in time, that breeders can use to eliminate this debilitating disease from their breeds.
In addition to the breeds listed above we will investigate the genetics of PRA in any other breeds for which we can collect sufficient DNA samples. We collect and store, for future use, DNA from dogs of any breed affected with PRA.
Q. Which dogs can contribute to the AHT’s PRA research?
A. There are two types of dog that are useful to our research:
i) Dogs of any breed that have been diagnosed as AFFECTED with PRA.
ii) Dogs of any breed over the age of eight years that have had a current eye examination by a veterinary ophthalmologist and are CLEAR of PRA.
If you would like additional information regarding our PRA research, please contact Sally Ricketts: firstname.lastname@example.org.