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Pannus blindsided us and our 2 yr old GSD. She was purchased from a very reputable breeder in Toronto that bred his female with Toronto area studs from other highly rated breeders. We looked at hips and elbows, choosing dogs with German grandparents (that rate joints) with the highest ranked joints etc etc. There was never any mention of pannus and wasn't on our radar. Now it was caught very early as she injured her eye doing some agility training and it's only very very small.... but very worrying that she could be blind in 5 years???

Honestly, if I was ever to buy another GSD... not sure as pannus is so widespread (but we really love our GSD). I would have to get Pannus checked somehow perhaps asking the breeder to pull back the eyelids of mom and Dad and physically check them out myself. It's actually that easy as at the start it hides sometimes just out of view on breeding age dogs so I've been told (vet) but being what it is that really doesn't guarantee anything.

Anyway, we have goggles and use drops daily to get a jump on things but very annoying as we were planning on breeding her..... she has perfect joints, is deep red and smart.

Called the breeders that have her lineage and they were dumbstruck that we would have pannus in our dog???? but there is that fine line between being reputable and losing your shirt if word got out that it's their genetics versus me being irresponsible and walking her during the day??
Pannus can be controlled for life an no fear of being blind in 5 years. It is a shock and a pain but easily controlled with daily drop of prednisolone and touch of Optimmune
 

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If your only other criteria for breeding your dog was "perfect joints, is deep red and smart", then I would call that even more irresponsible.

Without working ability, you have nothing.
hmmmm. guess you're a breeder and I hurt your feelings. Well, she's two and let me see how long I've been locked down??? oh yerah....two years in my neck of the woods. So all I really have to go on for now is how well she's learned compared to the other dogs that have been doing agility in small downsized version of a pre-covid world. So, I'll ley you know but it;s nice to see you crawled out to criticise instead of offering up some useful feedback... thanks.
 

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dwalker, you may see that GSD456 has since been banned. Gee, wonder why? :rolleyes:

If your dog is smart (that's one thing that's in the genes of this breed for sure!) the sky's the limit! We just have to be patient and wait for things to open back up.

My first GSD was diagnosed with pannus at age 5 (which was when I rescued her). The veterinary eye specialist jump started the treatment with a steroid injection, and I never had any trouble keeping it under control with drops after that. Sometimes you're lucky that way, sometimes...not.

My working line girl's father developed it late in life, and is now pretty much blind. 😥

Let's hope you can keep your girl's pannus under control!
 

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Any known genetic issue would have me removing a dog from a breeding program. There are many excellent dogs without so why go backwards.
 
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