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Sheltie Eye Problems

Sheltie eye problems are one area to be cautious with when selecting or caring for your Shetland Sheepdog.

Shetland sheepdogs are susceptible to two eye problems.

The first is Collie eye anomaly. Because of the ancestral role of the collie in the development of the Sheltie, this inherited condition can be present in a Sheltie line. This disorder also appears in other breeds as well.

The defect can be detected in a Shetland sheepdog puppy by a veterinary eye doctor, called an ophthalmologist. It can be detected in a puppy as young as six weeks old.

The defect occurs when the a portion of the eye does not form properly. The degree of severity varies from dog to dog and and vary between the two eyes of one dog. The condition can be minor or even cause blindness.

The condition does not progress.

The second condition is progressive retinal atrophy, it is comparable to retinitis pigmentosa in people. This disease will eventually result in blindness after progressive vision loss.


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