PRA testing

A Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

PRA is a general term referring to conditions that cause a deterioration of the retina of the eye, leading to blindness. At least two types of PRA have been diagnosed in poodles.

Diagnosis: Clinical PRA is diagnosed by an ophthalmologist examination by a veterinary ophthalmologist. There is also a one-time genetic test for prod-PRA, the progressive rod-cone degeneration form of PRA, available from OptiGen.

Certification: Results of the one-time 0ptiGen DNA test for prcdPRA may be registered with OFA. Results of annual examinations for clinical prod-PRA and other eye conditions. if performed by a member of the Association of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO), may be registered with the canine Eye Registry Foundation

Health Issues, Genetic Testing, Diagnosis & Certification:
Animal health is an important consideration, both at the time of purchase and long term. Genetically inherited disorders (some of which do not manifest themselves for several years) are present in virtually every living creature, not just poodles. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions.


The Poodle Club of America recommends that you spay or neuter your pet poodle. Responsible breeders sell their poodles with a spay/neuter agreement and with AKC’s limited registration option, which says that although your pet is an AKC-registered purebred dog, it cannot be bred. If it is bred, the offspring cannot be registered with the American Kennel Club. Using this form is the breeder’s way of ensuring that the puppy will not be bred and pass along the disqualifying feature to future generations. Spaying or neutering your dog also increases its chances of leading a longer, healthier, and happier life. Spayed females will have reduced incidence of mammary tumors. Neutering a male will reduce the chance of prostate problems. Please Note: There is no scientific evidence that it is helpful for a bitch to have a first season or have a litter of puppies.

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