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Hi, I've had my puppy Marley for 7 weeks and from the start she has been unwell. First and still she has vaginitis, then she got ear infections (which again she still has), then she became fussy with food and was barking at her bowl and spinning it around with her paw, then she got diahorrea last Friday and on Monday night she began walking around in circles. We took her to the vet on Tuesday morning and she has been diagnosed as totally blind! They think there is something wrong with her brain. We are waiting for the results of her blood test, but we're not wasting time and have booked her in to see a specialist tomorrow morning.

Please can anybody help as she is only 12 weeks old and I couldn't bare to lose her. I also want to get to the bottom of it ASAP so that it doesn't end up costing as much as it perhaps would!!
 

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I am so sorry you and your puppy are going through this-I know how hard it is. I adopted a Pointer years ago from the shelter who was eventually diagnosed with meningitis. It was an awful experience and very traumatic for all of us.

Hopefully the specialist will have some answers for you, and then you can look at your options. I do know that there was a discussion on another list about blind Goldens, and the consensus was that they can do very well, with some adjustments.

I hope it's not the brain. Has she had any recent vaccinations? I had a grand puppy once who lost his sight after a Lyme vaccine. The manufacturer paid all of his vet bills and his sight did eventually return, but it was an awful experience for all of them.

What does the breeder say? Are any other littermates affected?
 

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I hope that everything goes well with your puppy! (I feel Tahnee has hit all the important points)
 

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That has to be a shock. I have never had a blind dog myself but have seen many on TV that have managed a very normal life. Especially with the help of a companion dog. Please keep us updated.
 

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Thank you all for your reply. In respnse to you Tahnee, she has just had her Canine 5 (Duramune C3 and Bronchishield III) Vaccintation on 13.02. She has also been on Clavulox for the vaginitis and this is when I noticed her walking was a bit wobbly, but this was only on one occasion. She started walking really wobbly the day after her last vaccination. Do you think this is the same vaccination that your dog had? I hope so because then there's a chance that she will see again and since I don't have pet insurance I wouldn't mind for some help with the vet bills.

The breeder denies that there have ever been any issues with any other pups and said she was vet checked before I took her, which she wasn't as this is why I got her cheaper and was rushing to get to a vet when I first got her.

A companion dog doesn't sound like such a bad idea!
 

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Thank you all for your reply. In respnse to you Tahnee, she has just had her Canine 5 (Duramune C3 and Bronchishield III) Vaccintation on 13.02. She has also been on Clavulox for the vaginitis and this is when I noticed her walking was a bit wobbly, but this was only on one occasion. She started walking really wobbly the day after her last vaccination. Do you think this is the same vaccination that your dog had? I hope so because then there's a chance that she will see again and since I don't have pet insurance I wouldn't mind for some help with the vet bills.

The breeder denies that there have ever been any issues with any other pups and said she was vet checked before I took her, which she wasn't as this is why I got her cheaper and was rushing to get to a vet when I first got her.

A companion dog doesn't sound like such a bad idea!
Antibiotics can cause diarrhea, and while it could be coincidence, the timing of the shot and her wobbliness could be related. I would write down all of what you have described-her vaccinations, antibiotics (with dates) and also her symptoms and the dates when you noticed them. This could be useful to the specialist.

The blindness with my grandpuppy was specific to the Lyme vaccine. This was several years ago and I don't know if there have been changes in the vaccine since then.
 

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I am sorry that you are gong thru this with your puppy. My dog Beau is just the opposite. He has now gone almost completly blind at almost 13 years old. Hopefully the opthomalogist will be able to give you some valuable information on what could be causing this and where to go from there. It is hard but hopefully with time she can adjust. Here is some websites with some information that might help you. http://www.blinddogs.com/
vets in the states that are American College of Veterinary Opthamalogists http://www.vmdb.org/clinic.html

I just saw this poem and wanted to post it to hopefully help you feel alittle better. It reminded me of my Beau.

I cannot see you Mommy, when you cuddle me so near.
And yet I know you love me, it's in the words I hear.
I cannot see you Daddy, when you hold me by your side
But still I know you love me when you tell me so with pride.
I cannot see to run and play out in the sun so bright
For here inside my tiny head it's always dark as night.
I cannot see the treats you give when I am extra good
But I can wag my tail in Thanks just like a good dog should.
"She cannot see. The dogs no good" is what some folks might say
"She can't be trained, she'll never learn She must be put away."
But not you, Mom and Daddy You know that it's alright
Because I love you just as much as any dog with sight.
You took me in, you gave me love and we will never part
Because I'm blind with just my eyes, I see you in my heart.
Sherrill Wardrip (Blind Dogs List member
 

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Im so sorry this has happened to your sweet puppy. I hope that it is something temporary. Please keep us informed. My prayers are with you and your Pup.
 

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Thanks again Tahnee, I have written down all of this information for the specialist. Unfortunately I cannot go tomorrow so my partner will be taking her, but he doesn't know her as well as I do and hasn't seen the changes like I have. I hope that what I've written down is good enough.

BeauShel - thank you also for the websites... I'm still hoping that I won't need to use them and that Marley's sight will come back with treatment. Thank you also for that beautiful poem. I think it was exactly what I needed! I have been trying to convince myself that we can still have a great life together even if she does remain blind and I think you've just confirmed that.

Thanks to everybody else also for your thoughts.

Fingers crossed!! I'm waiting for the vet to call with the results of Marley's bloods. If they even show anything that is.
 

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My thoughts are with you and Marley. She's a lucky pup to have such a caring mom! I hope you get some answers at your appointment tomorrow!

...off to wipe my tears after that poem...
 

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I have a blind Golden who's been blind from birth. He takes his lead from the other dogs. Do you happen to have another dog...older one, per chance?

If not...don't freak out. As long as your pup is healthy, blindness is not a death sentence.

Ray was the runt of the litter. Very very tiny. He also had some stomach problems, so he's fed 4x a day (1/2 cup per meal), which works for all of us. He also gets over excited when the other dogs are racing around like lunatics, so we limit his crazy play time. He grew up, healthy, happy and beautiful. He's a big boy...90 lbs. And very smart....and sweet.

Our Vet asked us if we wanted to put him down. So many do. We said 'of course not'...blindness is no reason to put a dog down. They do just fine.

There are special toys you can get...and you can train them to go slowly when you make certain sounds. We'd say "up up" when we came to a step for example. They learn easily. There are also web sites for owners of blind dogs.

Believe me, they do GREAT. Ray swims, plays with toys, and rarely ever runs into anything. Except he gets too close to doors opening inward, and keeps getting knocked in the muzzle when we open a door too suddenly.

He IS very sensitive to sounds. Like wind. Makes him anxious. He also gets nervous in public...like parking lots with traffic sounds, etc. He prefers to stay home, but if we do go out with him, we make sure we have another dog with us and that calms him.

His nose (sense of smell) is INCREDIBLE. And his hearing is super too. He KNOWS when I'm in a room, even if I entered and he was sound asleep...or he came in after I did. He can find me (around the furniture...without tripping) immediately every time.

His name is Stevie Ray Magoo for Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and Mr. Magoo (all blind). He's now 6 years old.

Here's a pic of him running:



Good luck with your baby. I hope he's healthy and sound, and you have a happy life together.
 

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PS...I also wanted to mention the possibility that your pup has hydrocephalus. (excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) on the brain) http://www.marvistavet.com/html/hydrocephalus.html

That's also not a death sentence. Although, once again, Vets will tell you to put the dog down.

One of our Newf Net members has a dog, born to a rescue he adopted, who has this...her name is Mary. Perhaps you'd like to read her story. It's heartwarming. I believe Mary is about 4.5 yrs old now:

http://www.newfpups.org/puppy14.htm
 

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Wow Ardeagold, thank you so much for the inspiration! You've really lifted my hopes! I've gone from thinking on Tuesday that I was losing her to now knowing that more than likely I will be able to keep her!! Thanks for sharing the photo of your beautiful Stevie Ray Magoo (great name also!!). I am a very visual person and seeing how happy he is has lifted my spirits about keeping Marley.

Thanks for the information aobut Hydrocephalus. I've sent this to my partner who is now in Melbourne with Marley waiting to see the specialist tomorrow.

Thank you so much for your help. You'll never know just how grateful I am.
 

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Many, many warm thoughts and prayers for you and Marley. I so hope today brings good, hopeful news. Ardeagold has some great advice and insight. I'm drawn to the special needs kids.... and have given serious thought to adding a blind dog to the pack. Thank you for not giving up on your baby.

Hugs, Betty
 
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