Genetics of Glaucoma

Dr. Cathryn Mellersh (Kennel Club Genetics Centre, Animal Health Trust [AHT])  and James Oliver [Ophthalmologist, BVA Eye Panellist, Animal Health Trust] are undertaking to investigate the genetics of glaucoma (a painful eye condition that can lead to blindness) in the Flatcoated Retriever.    Please click here to read their proposal "Genome-Wide Association Analyses for Primary Glaucoma and Pectinate Ligament Dysplasia in the Flat Coated Retriever in the United Kingdom.   

 How You Can Help

  • By having a DNA (via cheek swab) sample taken, if asked for, when presenting your Flatcoat for an eye examinaton.
  • Please send to the AHT a DNA sample if your Flatcoat should unfortunately develop glaucoma and you have not as yet banked DNA with them.
  • If you have DNA already banked and your Flatcoat subsequently develops glaucoma please update the AHT (click on the following title for the update form: The Update form to submit to the AHT (Form 2H) 

DNA swab collection kits can be obtained from:

Bryan McLaughlin,
Animal Health Trust,
Lanwades Park,
Suffolk,  CB8 7UU 

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Telephone: 01638 751000 Ext. 1280/1246 

A full list of contacts are at the end of the article.

If you require further advice please contact any member of the Health Sub-Committee (contact details under 'Health').

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