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Old 07-23-2018, 06:34 PM
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1 year old dog is suddenly blind

Happy to be here and excited to be part of the community.

My husband and I adopted an 11 month “hound mix” approx 1 month ago. We’re told he has some lab, pit and German Shepherd in him. He has a spotty adoption history — found as a stray at one month, adopted out, then found on the street a few months later. He came to us on heart worm preventative and we have continued it.

About 1.5 weeks after being with us, we noticed he was squinting his eyes pretty badly. We brought him into the vet, thinking it was allergies. He was diagnosed with a mild case of hook worm and he was prescribed Amoxicillin.

Three days later, he was completely blind, walking into tables, chairs, walls. Our general vet prescribed an eye drop. The next morning, we saw an ophthalmologist, who diagnosed him with bilateral retinal detachment. We were prescribed stronger eye drops (Prednisole Acetate), a steroid (Prednisone) and Doxycycline. Later that week, we saw another specialist who tested him for Aspergillosis and Pythium — both negative. The same specialist ran an X-ray and ultrasound. No abnormalities.

A week ago, an ophthalmologist check up showed that his frontal eye inflammation has reduced, but the back is still swollen. We’ve continued drops and other meds.

Three days ago, we found out that his hook worm has fully escalated. His general doctor prescribed him Virbantel.

Present day, it doesn’t appear that his vision has improved. He’s able to navigate our home, but it appears as if he has adapted — not regained sight. His energy levels fluctuate and sometimes he seems depressed. He barks much more than he has in his time with us (seemingly at nothing) and is sometimes afraid to go outside. The next step, per vet, is to treat him for an autoimmune disease.

We’re prepared to adapt to life with a blind pup, and will give him all the care he needs and love he deserves.

But we would love some answers. Any idea what may have caused this?
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Old 07-23-2018, 07:42 PM
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I don't have any experience with this, I just wanted to say that I'm so sorry for your little guy. I sincerely hope his blindness is something that can be fixed. That has to be very difficult and scary to deal with. I can't imagine how stressful it must be for him, as well as you and your husband. He's very blessed to have you there to take care of him and love him as he needs and deserves. Every dog/animal deserves that.

I've never heard of a 1 year old dog going blind like that. So scary. If you're not finding answers with one specialist, I'd call around to others to see if someone else has the answer.

Please post updates. I'm very concerned for your little guy.

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Old 07-23-2018, 07:42 PM
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What auto-immune disease do they want to treat him for? Treating an auto-immune disease is a long complicated process. We have been treating ours, diagnosis is sterile meningitis, which is auto-immune since April. Though she is responding, and we are currently weaning her off the mega-steroid- dose she was on, she will still be on meds for at least another month or two. This disease has taken so much out of her, hoping she will recover and regain at least most of the energy she used to have. At least she is not in pain, but she remains very weak. Ours is a really good sport, about it all, I tell her time for her pill, she runs up to me tail wagging, sits and waits for me to give it to her.
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I felt so sad after reading your post. I don't know what's the reason behind his blindness but I promise to include him in my prayers. I hope he'll be fully recovered soon. God bless.
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My god, a poor soul, please take care of him!

Maybe some of the drugs prescribed have worsened the situation? I have had a similar experience with a stray dog, but it was the doctors fault as she had given him a big dosage that blinded him.

I wish you the best!
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Oh no...

So sorry to hear this. Wishing you and him the absolute best!
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