The Foundation supports the following health initiatives of the PBGVCA Health Committee:

Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG) DNA Test

POAG is an inherited eye disease that is painful and can lead to blindness. Learn about POAG in the PBGV here [link to Health Comm info on POAG].

While only a few PBGVs are affected by POAG, many are carriers of the gene mutation. All PBGVs should be tested unless they are known to be clear because their parents have tested clear. A cheek swab test is available from the Animal Health Trust that will tell you if your PBGV carries the gene mutation that leads to POAG.

To obtain a cheek swab kit, click here

The Foundation will reimburse $40 per dog to PBGVCA members who test their dogs and submit the results to the open OFA database. In addition, PBGV owners who reside in North America, but are not PBGVCA members, are eligible for reimbursement.

To enter the POAG test results in the OFA open database, click here.

To get the Foundation reimbursement, send a copy of the OFA confirmation by mail or email to the Foundation Treasurer: Jo Anne Hacker, 10832 NE Country Club Rd, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110,

Get the POAG test kit – enter the results in the database – get reimbursed

Health Seminars at the PBGVCA National Specialties

At each National Specialty, the Health Committee invites a prominent clinical researcher to speak about a topic relevant to PBGV health. Travel and expenses are covered by the Foundation. Many of the seminars are videoed so that the entire PBGV community can benefit. Here are the past two speakers and information on the upcoming seminar:

2019 – András Komáromy, DVM. PhD, Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
"Developing Gene Therapies for Canine Open-Angle Glaucoma".
Click here to view.

2018 – Danika Bannasch, DVM, PhD, University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine
"Population Health and Reproduction".
Click here to view it here.

2020 – Leilani Alvarez, DVM, The Animal Medical Center, NY. "Introduction to Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation" Coming in April, 2020!

Blood Draw Reimbursement

The Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) DNA Repository has samples from over 500 PBGVs! Researchers who are investigating a health problem specific to PBGVs, or found in many breeds including PBGVs, are able to obtain that DNA when they ask the repository for relevant samples for their study. The Foundation supports a blood collection clinic at every National Specialty. However, if you cannot take advantage of a sponsored clinic, we can help.

Ask your vet to draw a blood sample during your next check-up, and ship the blood sample to the Repository. Follow these directions:
The OFA instructions are complicated. Don't hesitate to email questions to

The Foundation will reimburse you $75 towards the cost of blood draw and shipping. Look here for instructions.

2020 Eye Exam Reimbursement Program

Extended through 2020

The PBGV Health & Rescue Foundation wants every PBGV to be examined by a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist through 2020. The PBGV community has heard a lot about primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) in PBGVs. However, POAG is not the only eye problem that afflicts PBGVs. PBGVs are occasionally born with persistent pupillary membranes or develop cataracts, lens luxation, or non-POAG forms of glaucoma.

To reward owners who take their PBGVs for an eye exam, the PBGVCA Health Committee drew up an eye exam recommendation and the PBGV Health & Rescue Foundation voted to provide the following incentive.

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