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Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA)

Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA) is an inherited disorder where tissues in the back of the eye do not differentiate and develop properly in the fetal puppy. The result is a group of defects which occur in varying degrees among different dogs, and even varying degrees between the right and left eyes of the same dog.

The primary defect is choroidal hypoplasia, where the choroid is under-developed. The choroid is a thin layer of blood vessels, sandwiched between the retina (most inner layer) and sclera (outer layer) of the back of the eye. The choroid supplies the retina with oxygen and nutrients, so when it is under-developed, the back tissues of the eye are receiving reduced levels of oxygen and nutrients.

Coloboma of the retina and/or optic disc may also be present in Collie Eye Anomaly. A coloboma is a hole or fissure in the tissue, typically caused by a failure of the embryonic tissue to close properly.

Staphyloma is also commonly associated with CEA. A staphyloma is a thinning in the sclera, which is the outer layer of the back of the eye.

Perhaps most significantly, retinal detachment, either complete or partial, is associated with CEA. Retinal detachment may or may not produce bleeding, but it is the possible result of the other CEA issues, and retinal detachment is the major contributor to the partial or complete blindness that can result from Collie Eye Anomaly.
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Irish Terrier
To Train or not to train. for an Irish Terrier puppy, it will be well advised to find an experienced terrier trainer. Balance with proper socialization early on in your puppy's life. Get your puppy accustomed to nail trimming and grooming now. You don't necessarily need to groom an I.T. puppy, but get them used to the feel of a smooth soft bristle baby brush (for example). If you wait until later, it will not go as smoothly.

Irish Terrier
Choosing an Irish Terrier puppy with a sweet temperament is important, but no guarantee forever. Be very wise when introducing to other dogs, make sure they are also very nice dogs. If exposed to aggressive behavior, an Irish Terrier will of course defend itself, and there will be no turning back. Avoid situations where your pup is forced to defend itself. That is your job, to keep your puppy safe at all times and in every situation.

Glen of Imaal Terrier
Recently we rescued of Glen of Imaal from our local SPCA. She is 4 yrs old and is a very focused little girl. A mind of her own, not real affectionate, but very loyal at the same time. She has trained me well.

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Chinese Shar-Pei

The Chinese Shar-Pei At a Glance
Recognized By AKC
Country of Origin China
Life Expectancy 9 - 11 yrs
Height Range 18 - 20 in
Weight Range 35 - 60 lbs
Colors Any solid
Trainability Easy, but can be stubborn
With Children Excellent
With Animals Depends; should be raised with them
Climate Any
Indoor/Outdoor Indoor
Exercise Reqd Not much
Grooming Reqd Little; care for skin folds
Chinese Shar-Pei Information
The Chinese Shar-Pei has been in the United States since 1972. For over 20 years, it was commonly over-bred with little concern for its genetic weaknesses and indiscriminantly sold to whomever had enough money. The results were disastrous. Today's reputable breeders are waging a relentless battle to reduce those inherited problems, like skin conditions, kidney failure, hip and knee defects, entropion, cancer, and blindness. Even though questionable temperaments seem to be an issue of the past, the drawbacks of owning a Shar-Pei still exist unless buyers do their homework and research not only the breed but the person they buy it from.



Since being recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1992, the Chinese Shar-Pei stands proud in show rings from coast to coast, but in some cases, that too has had a negative effect on this breed's welfare. When breeders only concentrate on what will win in the ring, health issues can take a back seat to breed type. Therefore, when selecting a Shar-Pei, it is important to remember that titles alone do not guarantee good health. Only responsible, researched breeding against health problems will contribute to the improvement of the breed's health and help to insure healthy individual dogs. But regardless of all this, the breed has endured in the last 30+ years. The Shar-Pei remains unique, fun, and endearing from pupyhood to senior citizen status. Quality breeders are bringing health back to this fascinating breed, and choosing a breeder wisely will help contribute to the overall well-being of the Shar-Pei.



Contributed by Ellana Clarke, www.chi-kuan-sharpei.com
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Dog Question of the Week

Some answers to last week's question:
What is your dog's strangest trick?
This Week's Question:
What is your dog's strangest trick?
My dog Katie will go get the newspaper every morning and take it out of the plastic bag!
Mary Beth from Detroit, MI, USA
We have a dog named Benjamin, and he won't take his vitamin unless we put it on his nose for him to flip up and catch.
Walt from MA, USA
I have trained my dog to jump rope and he loves it. Now he won't let my daughter jump rope by herself.
Jean-Paul from Nice, FRA
We taught Twinkie to carry a purse! Her treats are in there and she won't open the purse herself... she waits for us to open it and give them to her!
Ben from New York, NY, USA
Our dog Skipper pretends to fall off the sofa. He did once by accident and we cuddled him afterward so he started doing it over and over for attention.
Rhonda from Boulder, CO, USA
My dog learned how to skateboard! Well, getting there, anyway. She can ride it and push, but still working on steering...
Barrett from Norcross, GA, USA
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