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Posted 10/12/2014
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Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

Progressive Retinal Atrophy is a group of eye diseases of the retina, which lead to blindness. It has actually become a bit of a catch-all term for a variety of conditions, each with different specific mechanisms, affecting different breeds at different ages, but the common factor is the blindness that ultimately results from the diseased retina.

A brief discussion of the function of the retina will help in understanding PRA and its various forms. The retina is the innermost layer of the back of the eye, and it contains the cells that are sensitive to light ("photoreceptors") and the nerves structures that run from those cells through the optic nerve and, ultimately, to the brain. There are two types of photoreceptors: rods, which function in dim light, detect shape and motion, do not differentiate color, and are more concentrated around the perimeter of the retina; and cones, which function in brighter light, detect color, and are more concentrated in the central area of the retina.

The two major categories of retinal diseases typically grouped under Progressive Retinal Atrophy are (1) retinal dysplasia, where the key cells of the retina do not develop properly in the first eight weeks of life, and (2) retinal degeneration, where the cells do develop normally in the fetus and early puppyhood, but degenerate later in life. Additionally, some forms of PRA may affect only the rod cells or only the cone cells of the retina.
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Flat-Coated Retriever

The Flat-Coated Retriever At a Glance
Recognized By AKC
Country of Origin Great Britain
Life Expectancy 7 - 9 yrs
Height Range 22 - 24.5 in
Weight Range 55 - 70 lbs
Colors Solid black or liver
Trainability Highly trainable although easily bored. Training sessions should be kept short and fun and with a light hand
With Children Flat-Coated Retrievers are excellent with children, although no dog should be left unattended with children
With Animals They do well with a variety of other pets
Climate Tolerates moderate heat and cold well
Indoor/Outdoor They do best living indoors with their family and playing outdoors
Exercise Reqd High. Flat-Coated Retrievers require ample exercise with some burn off to be at their best behavior.
Grooming Reqd Brushing as needed and trimming of the feathering on ears and legs
Flat-Coated Retriever Information
The Flat-Coated Retriever was developed in Great Britain in the late 1800's with the advent of the breachcock shotgun requiring a need for a faster retriever. Dogs used in developement were Setters, Spaniels, Collie, St. John's Water Dog, and Wavy Coated Retriever. The Flat-Coated Retriever was deveoped from the start to be a dual-purpose breed as both a working retriever and show dog. The Flat-Coated Retriever is a medium sized active dog that shows power without lumber and raciness without weediness. They are natural retrievers and make an excellent family companion hunting retriever for upland game as well as waterfowl. (They love water.) Flat-Coated Retrievers are slow to mature and often carry on their enthusiam for life (exhibited by a constant wagging tail) and playfullness into their late years. Flat-Coated Retrievers should be trained early with a "light" hand and consistency. They are eager to please but do not respond well to harsh punishment. If left un-trained and un-attended the Flat-Coat could develope into a destructive dog. Being a retriever they like to carry things in their mouths and need plenty of toys to chew. The Flat-Coated Retriever is a family/companion working retriever that is at it's best with family interaction and a job to do. With the proper traing and family interaction the Flat-Coated Retriever will make an excellent addition to the family.

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Dog Question of the Week

Some answers to last week's question:
Do you prefer big dogs or small dogs, and why?
This Week's Question:
What breed do you think is the cutest?
I perfer big dogs on the whole, because I think they are more adaptable, rough-and-ready, easily trained and are better with children, and simply easier to live with. But larger dogs are not for everyone and are likely to make a small home seem even smaller.
Ella from Des Monies, Iowa, USA
big dogs, they don't potty all over the house!
shell from taylor, mi , USA
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