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This is a Skeletal condition.

Dental-Skeletal-Retinal Anomaly

What is DSRA?

Dental-Skeletal-Retinal Anomaly (DSRA) is a type of skeletal abnormality affecting the teeth, eyes, and growth of affected dogs.

What are the signs & symptoms that develop in affected dogs?

Affected dogs are smaller than their littermates, with short and angularly bent limbs. Their puppy teeth are translucent and easily break. Their adult teeth can be discolored pink or brown with defects in the enamel. As they age, their vision worsens

When do signs and symptoms develop?

Signs can first be recognized in puppies.

How do vets diagnose this condition?

A complete physical examination, including an oral exam, is needed to assess any changes in the limbs and teeth. Diagnosis of any vision changes requires an eye exam to visualize the retina.

How is this condition treated?

Currently, DSRA cannot be treated, only managed.

What actions should I take if my dog is affected?

  • Due to reduced vision, affected dogs should be trained using verbal commands instead of (or in addition to) hand signals.
  • Consult with your veterinarian about regular dental care.
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