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    DefaultSudden blindness

    My five year old labrador bitch has suddenly gone blind. Despite numerous tests our vet and specialist veteriary eye hospital cannot identify the reason.
    Has anyone had a similar experience? Can anyone please help?

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    I have no idea, but I'm so sorry. How is she dealing with it?



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    I'm so sorry. The good news is that dogs can usually adjust very well to blindness. They use their noses a lot, we use our eyes a lot - so often it seems more traumatic to us than it really is. How is she getting around?

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    Are there any other symptoms, loss of appetite, fever, depression, etc. There is a bacterial infection that can cause blindness but i don't think it is as sudden as you say your dog is.

    http://www.peteducation.com/article....2+2102&aid=401.

    I know a dog on another board with this and he is only 5 too.

    Has the ophthalmologist ruled out PRA? She may have been loosing vision for a while and you didn't notice. First sign is a cloudiness in the eyes.

    Here is something else I found:

    http://74.125.93.132/search?q=cache:...&ct=clnk&gl=us

    Prayers you can get some answers.

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    Thanks for all the info. I will quizz the vet about blastomycosis tomorrow.
    Which board was the other 5 yr old dog that went blind on?
    We are all praying that we'll work out what the problem is.
    Star is coping well and isn't distressed, unlike the initial 24hrs when she cried and cried.
    Will let you know how we get on.

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    LIVING WITH BLIND DOGS is a must have book, lots of helpful information in there. Can also order from Amazon with free shipping.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Starpoulter View Post
    Thanks for all the info. I will quizz the vet about blastomycosis tomorrow.
    Which board was the other 5 yr old dog that went blind on?
    We are all praying that we'll work out what the problem is.
    Star is coping well and isn't distressed, unlike the initial 24hrs when she cried and cried.
    Will let you know how we get on.

    He is on this board

    http://www.lab-retriever.net/board/

    His name is Hunter. Do a search using his name and it will appear in the titles of the threads on his progress.

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    I'm sorry to hear this. It's heart breaking for the dog & owner alike.

    I had a black Pug about 20 years ago that went blind. Not suddenly like yours but gradually caused by numerous eye ulcers that eventually became cataracts.

    I always told my vet I would never keep a blind dog. I thought it was cruel. When I took her to the vet that day he told me she was totally blind, I had a serious talk with him re her future. He said, I'd be surprised how quickly dogs adapt & he was right. His advice was don't move any furniture around & just keep the house as she knew it when she could see. That worked. With a little help from staying with the other dogs as guides, she was ok. The only thing we had to watch was when she went outside because she would get lost & not be able to find her way back to the house.

    She was one of those dogs who played ball nearly every waking moment. I kept that up by buying her a ball with a bell in it. I'd roll it along the floor & she'd follow the sound of the bell & bring it back to me by following my voice. She lived a happy life for about another 3-4 years before she was taken by a brain haemorrhage.

    I hope you can find a miracle cure for your girl. It's pathetic to watch them but at the same time fascinating to see how quickly they adapt when they have to.
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    I also should have mentioned we had a blind Lab. She felt more secure outside when she was on a leash. Otherwise she was hesitant to move around.

    She lived blind from age 8 to 14 and adjusted very well.

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    No ideas - just plenty of good thoughts - please keep us posted.

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