Published: 22/12/2015 11:12:47
please Support our Christmas Appeal to give more dogs the gift of sight
This year we've been undertaking research into inherited glaucoma; a sudden, painful and blinding disease affecting several popular dog breeds such as Golden Retrievers, like Taffy, pictured, Border Collies, Welsh Springer Spaniels, Flat Coated Retrievers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers and many more breeds.
On average, 1,500 dogs in the UK have to have their eye or eyes removed due to this form of inherited glaucoma every year, which doesn’t respond well to treatment.
At the AHT, our Ophthalmology and Canine Genetics teams are working hard to better understand why some dogs develop this form of inherited glaucoma, with the hope of finding the genetic mutation(s) responsible and developing DNA tests so that fewer dogs go on to develop this horrible disease, and have to have their eyes removed because of it, in the future.
Therefore, we’ve decided to focus our annual Christmas appeal in support of this project. We need to raise £40,000 for a retinal camera to aid this research and support our Ophthalmology team in their assessment and treatment of small animals and equines with retinal disease on a day-to-day basis.
The camera will greatly advance our glaucoma research by enabling high-quality photos to be taken of the drainage pathway of the eye so that we can better monitor, and learn from, dogs at risk of developing this type of glaucoma.
To find out more and support this special appeal, please go to: www.aht.org.uk/giftofsight, to give whatever you can. Thank you.
Spending your money wisely
From every £1 you give
us we spend 93p
fighting disease and
injury in animals.
We use the remaining 7p
to raise the next £1.