Health

We adhere to the Golden Retriever Club of America Code of Ethics which includes placing all results from hip, elbow, eye, and heart examinations in the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals database as public record.  This searchable database can be found at www.offa.org and there is a link on each of our dog’s pages to their individual records.

The Golden Retriever Club of America has an wealth of information on their Health & Research page regarding what to look for before you get a puppy, information for new owners on diseases that affect Golden Retrievers, and the latest research and how you can participate.  We have many puppies from Caledonia Goldens participating in research each year and we are proud that “Harper” from the Style litter is participating in the important Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.

We also ask that all adult dogs from Caledonia Goldens be checked by a Board Certified Ophthalmologist every 1-2 years to screen for Pigmentary Uveitis.  The prognosis of this disease is best if detected early and without genetic testing available, essentially all Goldens are at risk. Below is a statement from the GRCA regarding Pigmentary Uveitis and more info can be found on their website.

An eye disease called pigmentary uveitis is of emerging concern in the breed, and while it is believed to have a genetic basis, at this time there are no satisfactory tools that breeders can use to be certain to avoid producing affected puppies. Pigmentary uveitis typically develops in middle-aged or senior Goldens, making it very important to continue yearly eye examinations for the lifetime of any dog that has been bred. Early stages of the disease are usually very mild with no outward signs, but as pigmentary uveitis progresses, symptoms such as redness and tearing may appear, and over time the disease may progress to glaucoma. This can be a serious quality of life issue because pain from glaucoma may necessitate surgery to remove the affected eye(s). Please see “Pigmentary Uveitis Letter to Owners” on the Health Section of the GRCA website www.grca.org for more information about this disease, including recommendations to help reduce the risks of the most significant health consequences. – GRCA

Local breed clubs hold yearly health screening clinics and dogs can be seen by a Board Certified Ophthalmologist for ~$40.  Clinics times and locations are listed on http://www.offa.org.