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American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO)
Locate an ACVO-certified Ophthalmologist.  Diagnose an eye ailment. There are many interesting and informative areas on this website.

American Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ASVO)

Owners of Blind Dogs
There are at least several books available on this subject featured on this website.

Canadian Association of Veterinary Ophthalmology

Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF)
Find upcoming eye clinics in the USA and Canada as well as other valuable information.

International Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ISVO)

NetVet Veterinary Resources www.netvet.wust/edu/vet.htm

OptiGen, LLC
DNA-based tests for progressive rod-cone degeneration-Progressive Retinal Atrophy (prcd-PRA) Test and for Narcolepsy (NARC).

Zigler Veterinary Professional Corporation
Informs owners how to deal with a blind pet and is also a blind pet adoption site.


Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
“Collect and disseminate information concerning orthopedic and genetic diseases of animals.”  This is the most important organization in the USA that grades joints.  Its extensive database is useful in looking up hip and elbow OFA ratings of individual AKC and CKC-registered dogs which are now linked by generations. It also discusses Patellar Luxation, Osteochondrosis Dessicans (OCD) and Congenital Cardiac Disease and lists breed statistics on some of those diseases.

University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHIPP)

British Veterinary Association
This excellent site contains information concerning its Hip Scheme, Elbow Scheme and Eye Scheme.

Animal Health Trust

Canada’s Guide to Dogs Alphabetical Listing of Dog Health Issues


ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
For emergency advice 24/7, call 888.426.4435.  There is a consultation fee of $55.00 and all major credit and debit cards are accepted.

The quick list of poisons includes, but is not limited to, Ibuprofen, Chocolate, Ant & Roach Baits, Rodenticides, Acetaminophen, Pseudoephedrine Containing Cold Medications, Thyroid Hormones. Bleach, Fertilizer (Including Plant “Foods”),  Hydrocarbons Including Paints, Polishes & Fuel Oils and certain plants and foods (including some that might surprise you).

Morris Animal Foundation


Do not under any circumstances use
BLUE POWDER EAR TREATMENT on your dog without first getting approval from your veterinarian.



16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
16 Drops 1% Gentian Violet Solution

Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.  You will also need to shake the solution every time you use it to thoroughly mix the Boric Acid Powder.  Dispense out of a Clairol-type bottle.


Evaluate the condition of the ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore, do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all.  Wait until inflammation has subsided in about 2 days.

Shake the bottle well each time before using.  Flood ears with solution and massage gently to the count of 60.  Flood ears again on first treatment and leave alone without massaging as the dog will shake out the excess fluid.

Treatment Schedule

2 x per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon the severity of the case
1 x per day for 1 to 2 weeks
1 x month

You will find that despite the alcohol, the dog will not object to even the first treatment.  The Boric Acid Powder soothes the ears.  The Gentian Violet Solution is an anti-infection agent.  The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites to wax to canker.  After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with Q-Tips (extremely carefully) or large cotton balls.  The success rate for this treatment can be as high as 95% or more.  Those who do not succeed have usually not done the treatment long enough or have not been regular about it.  Dogs on the verge of ear canal surgery have been returned to normal with only the regular follow-up treatment to keep the ears clean. 

Again, do not use BLUE POWDER EAR TREATMENT without the advice of your veterinarian.



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