Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Lake Gaston, N.C.
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Much is made over "Punctate Cataract-significance unknown" by some people but it really depends on the experience of the Opthamologist. We took our dogs to a closer, more convienient vet than going down to Raleigh to the NCSU Vet school. The vet was young, and possibly with an agenda, and noted "punctates" on a couple of our dogs. We took them back down to NCSU to the Opthamologist with over 30 years of experience looking in animals eyes and he said it was "nothing". We took them back to get their CERF's this year and got "normal" with no notes of any kind at NCSU. That's why I posted Belle's CERF this year in the gallery since much was made about our dogs having "health problems" in one of the long HSDAA threads here. That pic is the paper that you get back from the vet and you can see what the form looks like that you get back from OFFA in Melissa's Havanista thread about her new website.
I'm not saying that it doesn't mean anything ever, but it seems like that comment can mean many things including that the vet just doesn't know.
I'd go by the breeder's history, how well they know their own line, reputation, and guarantee. And of course have any dog checked every year. This seems to be a hard thing to get people to do. When we first started breeding, Juvenile Cataracts were the only thing that Havanese people publicly worried about. Our guarantee said that we would pay for any cataract surgery if the new owner did CERF's every year. I think we maybe had two people to get CERFs done and even those stopped after a couple of years. We have dogs up to eleven years old who all still have clear eyes. We still recommend that our puppy owners get CERFs done but I don't think hardly anyone does.
Last edited by Tom King; 07-24-2008 at 08:50 AM.