A Clinical Case from the Archives : 21/02/2007

What is the white haze the owner is worried about in this Cocker spaniel’s eyes? The bitch is in season and the owner wants to breed from her – will the offspring be similarly affected and will it alter their vision?

Questions questions questions! Well this is a stromal lipid deposit and as it is in both eyes to varying degrees in an otherwise normal animal, the likelihood is that its a stromal lipid dystrophy. Which I guess means that it is an inherited problem, though the mode of inheritance is, to my knowledge, not known. Should the bitch be bred from? Still rather a tricky question I fear – in all other respects the animal is, as we might say here, ‘cute as heck’!


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