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Progressive Retinal Atrophy in Dogs


Dog getting a PRA exam by a vet


Overview


Progressive retinal atrophy in dogs describes a group of genetic diseases seen in certain breeds of dogs. Similar to retinitis pigmentosa in humans, PRA is characterized by the bilateral degeneration of the retina, causing progressive vision loss culminating in blindness.

The condition in nearly all breeds is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait, with the exception of the Siberian Husky (inherited as an X chromosome linked trait) and the Bullmastiff (inherited as an autosomal dominant trait).


Treatment


Surgery can correct PRA in some cases. When your dog gets sick or injured the last thing you should be thinking about is how much it will cost. The fact is veterinary care can be extremely expensive and pet health insurance can help pay your bills.

Cost to Treat: $2,000 to $3,000 per eye when surgery is necessary.


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