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Old 11-22-2012, 10:06 AM
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Unhappy loss of sight almost over night.....SARDS?

My 11 year old, Sunshine has had cataracts in her left eye for a few years & not been able to see out of that eye for a couple years. My husband started to see a little white in her right eye recently. Then almost over night I am sure she has lost sight in that eye too. She has been bumping into things for like the last week & a half. I found info. about SARDS. It seems to occur in older female dogs. I feel so bad for her. She does not seem to be in any distress over not being able to see, but it is breaking my heart. We have an appt. with our vet next week.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:16 AM
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I'm so sorry to hear about Sunshine's eyes. We had a GR, Murphy that was blind. He adjusted very well. Like you say, he would bump into things. When he first lost his sight I would lightly spray cheap cologne on things that he bumped into so he would know where they were. Also in the yard we have two poles that he bumped into so I sprayed those daily. He used them as markers so he always could tell where he was in the yard.
The important thing is to not move furniture and things around.
Best of luck to you, Murphy lived a very, very happy life without sight.
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It could also be diabetes. It can cause dogs to become blind overnight. I hope you get answers.
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I am sorry to hear that. My Molly has went blind and I was reading on the internet about putting plants in front of the stuff she bumps into. Since we have done that it has helped her out quite a bit. When she looks like she is going to walk on top of Dyson we tell her to stop, go around and she does it. It does break your heart. Also when I give her a bite of food I tell her bite and then tell her last bite and this helps as well.
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Just to welcome you to the forum, I am very sorry for your Sunshine girl.
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This is unlikely to be SARDS. More likely would be Pigmentary Uveitis. The cataract in the left eye would have resulted in vision loss on that side a while ago, while the increased opacity and sudden loss of vision on the right overnight could be due to glaucoma. It would be worthwhile getting the pressure checked ASAP. If it is in fact increased, start treatment immediately (I would use Dorzolamide/Timolol Maleate solutionin the eye (s) 3-4 times daily). Glaucoma can lead to permanent vision loss very quickly. In some cases you may get a partial return of vision if you can treat quickly. Sometimes control can be maintained for quite some time, but sometimes not- best wishes!
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sudden loss of sight

Thank you for the information. I just left a message for the Opthamology Specialist in the area & they should get back to me on Monday. Hopefully I can get her in there on that day. I had no idea that glaucoma could cause sudden loss of sight. She seems to be taking this just fine, but it is breaking my heart.







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This is unlikely to be SARDS. More likely would be Pigmentary Uveitis. The cataract in the left eye would have resulted in vision loss on that side a while ago, while the increased opacity and sudden loss of vision on the right overnight could be due to glaucoma. It would be worthwhile getting the pressure checked ASAP. If it is in fact increased, start treatment immediately (I would use Dorzolamide/Timolol Maleate solutionin the eye (s) 3-4 times daily). Glaucoma can lead to permanent vision loss very quickly. In some cases you may get a partial return of vision if you can treat quickly. Sometimes control can be maintained for quite some time, but sometimes not- best wishes!
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I'm so sorry- she would do very well with vision loss if it is permanent- every time she bumps her nose on something, look at her wagging tail- keep me posted-
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It would be worthwhile getting the pressure checked ASAP.
If the pressures are high, it can be very painful for the dog. I am told similar to migraines in humans (which I know are not fun).

Our Nellie had GRU. She was blind. She was being treated by an opthamologist in the link below. She finally succumbed to nasal cancer last Spring.

See here:
Pigmentary Uveitis in Golden Retrievers - Eye Care for Animals

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I'm hope you're going to get her in to an ophthalmologist. Goldens are very stoic and it's oftentimes hard to tell if they are in pain. The high pressures associated with glaucoma can be terribly painful.
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