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Hi everyone!
I have about a 7 month old golden, zara. I have noted some changes in her eyes. However, I am not sure if this is just because now that she knows how to sit, I am able to brush her teeth and get a bit closer to her face and haven’t noticed this before or if this is something I should worry about. (I will admit I am a bit neurotic about things as she’s my first pup, but I just want to make sure she is happy and healthy!)

She seems to see fine - can catch treats out of the air, watches birds in the sky, chases flies and ants, not bumping into furniture, will walk around in a dark room etc. I’ve just never seen eyes that reflect the way hers do. And it is only at particular angles of light do her eyes reflect like this!

Any info would help. She is going to the vet in 1 wk to have to looked at but any additional info or questions prior to then would be greatly appreciated!!
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· Kate
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So.... their eyes will reflect light. That part is normal...

White reflection puzzled me - but probably normal.

What I was squinting at in the pictures was the black part seemed to be edging into the brown part of the eye - but can't see very well because of the reflection.

Start with getting a peep from your vet.

Re eye vet - Where are you located? It is possible that if you are near a big show cluster taking place this weekend, you could drop in to do OFA's if they are doing them? Means like say if you were here in MI or relatively close (northern OH), you could bring your pup to the show on Sat and get her eye cert done for 40 bucks.

Other shows in other states if taking place on Sat may offer the same opportunity.

If you are near a show doing OFA clinics - I would go that route vs going to your vet.

But if you are in no man's land somewhere and no nearby shows, etc... go to your vet.
 

· Kate
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Which photo are you seeing the pupil edging into the iris? Ik their eyes will reflect light due to the tapetum lucidum; however I have never seen the upside down Y in the first photo or the white reflection, which is what concerned/puzzled me.
where would I find where/when the shows are?
mate eye certain typically more than 40 bucks?
I did see the upside down Y but thought it was just a very odd reflection of the light. Definitely would skip the regular vet and at least do an OFA. If the eye vet sees something that needs to be treated, they will make recommendations to you then. Please provide an update if you can - because obviously it would be a learning experience for all of us and or would help other owners.

What I was looking at was the seemingly irregular shape of the iris in the below pic. And I can't tell if that lighter coloring and possibly what you are seeing as an owner is just a trick of the light or possibly inflammation. It is definitely worth getting him in for an ofa to start with. And go from there.

I would recommend seeing your vet and getting the ball rolling for a more immediate exam/treatment by an eye specialist if your dog was squinting or had discharging or other obvious signs of his eyes bothering him.

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· Kate
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I didn't want to cause unnecessary upset but this is what concerned me. My first thought was inflammation. If this were my dog, I'd be pitching a fit to get into the Opthalmologist next week. The problem with saving money with the OFA exam is that there will then be another delay in having the dog seen the the VO who can finish testing and make a treatment decision should that be the outcome. It's quite a delay if this is a worst case scenario. The more I read and observe, the more convinced I am that early treatment done religiously is key to keeping some dogs from progressing.
I mentioned OFA clinics because if you are near a show that's doing them THIS WEEKEND, there would be no delay to getting the eyes looked at.

Somebody here in Michigan or northern OH could very easily drive their young dog to the show in Monroe tomorrow and get the eyes OFA'd, no appointment needed, etc.

The OP does not say where they are located, odds are possible that they may be near a similar show with similar clinics going on tomorrow.

I agree this needs to be seen sooner - but understand that many ophthalmologists are backed up, even for in-clinic OFA's. Clinics at shows can be very helpful for that reason.

***I would say that I believe that GR PU is extremely unlikely due to the age of the pup. However regular uveitis (inflammation) is not rare and can be caused by a number of things from injury to virus. The iris can look wonky depending on lighting. Believe me, we all have late night panic attacks because the eyes look funny in the light. I'm not brushing off any concerns, I just want the owner to keep in mind that it's a good thing if the dog is not squinting, having discharge, or showing signs of a problem. Still needs to be looked at.
 

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^^^ So I was curious and dug through pictures to see if I could find one that showed the cataracts that our first golden had.

The eye on the right side of the picture shows a glimpse of his cataract. Best way to describe it is looking in his eyes you could see a cloudiness deep in them. This was unrelated to a light shining in there or not. He was about 3 years old in this picture. He had been dx with cataracts by our vet when he was about 2 years old. He was about 3 years old when he started showing the more obvious signs of kidney problems (anorexic, reluctant to exercise, etc). He lived three more years after this.

He had renal failure related to an under-developed/deformed kidney.

It's a toss up whether he had cataracts because of the kidneys or if he was born with cataracts separate from the effects. I believe it was separate because his cataracts basically remained the same. He never got the full blue clouded look that I've seen with dogs with serious cataracts needing surgery.

The reflection in the eye on the left side isn't really something to worry about - most pictures from the first 2 dogs I had were taken using crappy throwaway cameras. Our dogs generally looked like characters from little orphan annie (so did most of our pics when we were kids - except we had red eyes LOL).
 
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