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I have just had a litter of english bulldogges. I have recently just taken them in for their first set of shots. While examining the pups, the vet informed me that the pups had Congenital Nystagmus. Their eyes were twitching. I'm wondering if this can be cured? What are the causes? Is it genetic? Is ther anything I can do to prevent this in the future? What are the long term effects for these pups and how will it effect their lives? Thanks for any help or guidence you can give me.
 

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Sometimes, nystagmus (involuntary quick eye movements) accompanies other neurological issues, so you may want to forget about selling those puppies until you're sure they don't have any mental disabilities. Sometimes, it can also be related to night blindness.

I don't know how severe the puppies are, but it does affect their quality of vision and probably their ability to focus, too.

It is genetic in nature, but I don't know if it's common enough in your breed for them to have a genetic test for it.

I do think that they have a cure for it, but it's surgical in nature and costs alot of money.

At this point, I just hope that you're responsible enough to do the right thing and hold on to those puppies until you're sure they don't have anything else wrong with them. If you do decide to rehome them, you'll have to just give them away to people who understand that this condition will not get better with out surgery and be tolerant of it.
 

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What was said above, plus I would spay the mom and neuter the dad, and look into finding unrelated lines with a good history of health clearances to avoid issues in the future if breeding is something you really want to do. Contact a vet specialist to get more information on the long term issues with the pups, and be up front with anyone you place the pups with as to what the outlook is and what concerns are related to this, and make sure they don't ever breed the pups either. Chances are it's something that would pop up if any of the dogs were bred again, just not worth the risk.

Good luck!
 

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Thanks for the reply!! It doesn't seem like the have any neurological issues. They are happy as can be and act like normal pups. I don't plan on selling them. I have already found homes for them with friends and family and plan on having them nuetered.
 

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Thanks for the comments. Looks like i will have to take them to a vet specialist and see what the long term effects will be. All pups have been placed with family and friends who are aware of the issues. Pups will be nuetered as well. Thanks for the advice.

What was said above, plus I would spay the mom and neuter the dad, and look into finding unrelated lines with a good history of health clearances to avoid issues in the future if breeding is something you really want to do. Contact a vet specialist to get more information on the long term issues with the pups, and be up front with anyone you place the pups with as to what the outlook is and what concerns are related to this, and make sure they don't ever breed the pups either. Chances are it's something that would pop up if any of the dogs were bred again, just not worth the risk.

Good luck!
 
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