Dandies are delightful little dogs, originating from the Borders of Scotland and England. They are not a rare breed but their numbers are low, and the breed is kept going by those who love and admire their characteristics.  Like many pedigree dogs, they can have conditions to which they can be predisposed. Glaucoma does afflict a limited number of Dandies. The clinical signs usually manifest later in the dog’s life at about the age of seven and upwards. In the past, when dogs did not live as long as they do today, this condition may not have been seen to any degree and could have been thought of as an ‘eye problem’ caused by a scratch, it may not have been recognised as glaucoma. Through eye testing, research to identify carriers of this predisposition and careful breeding we hope to eventually eradicate  or greatly minimise this affliction. Dandies are generally good natured and healthy. They have a dignified air, yet a light-hearted nature and are faithful companions. They are terriers however so do not keep rabbits!!! Once you have lived with the joy of being "owned" by one of these delightful little dogs you will never want anything else!

                                        What is Glaucoma?

Briefly, glaucoma is a disease in which the fluid in the eyeball builds up due to the fact that the aqueous fluid cannot escape from the front chamber of the eye quickly enough. It is said that primary Glaucoma is an inherited defect due to a defect in the ciliary body which consists of the ciliary muscle and processes forming part of the middle coat of the eye. In an acute situation, the fluid cannot escape and pressure builds up - the eye becoming extremely painful and then sightless due to pressure on the optic nerve. In a chronic situation - that is - a slower process of the disease - pressure builds up more slowly - but the outcome is generally the same - pain and blindness. Treatment involves reducing the pressure, but in the acute situation, the damage is usually done - whereas in the chronic situation - prompt treatment can hopefully reduce the pressure and limit the damage to the ciliary body and hopefully save the sight in the eye. At the present time, there is no genetic marker to say which dogs will be susceptible to this condition, and of course, some breeds are more prone to it than others. Albeit to say - if your dog becomes blind, you will both have to adapt to a different situation. Many dogs readjust very well - and indeed their nose becomes their guide - as well as you - their owner. Your dear little friend can no longer see - and it is up to you to make sure his water bowl is where it should be, and that you become his guide when you are out. His quality of life has changed, and to some extent so has yours as you have to be more aware of his needs. Some dogs have their eyes removed, this mirror of their feelings and expression is gone for ever. We have to be responsible for our dogs in all ways - and surely we should be responsible for doing all that we can to help eradicate this dreadful affliction.

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