clintmemo wrote:clintmemo wrote:One of my dogs is going blind. The symptoms are similar to something called
SARDS but it is happening too slowly - unless he actually is totally blind or as blind as he is going to get but has adjusted to it well enough that he is fooling his humans into thinking he can still see something.
The vets think he has cushing's disease, which has many of the same symptoms as SARDS, except for the blindness part.
So apparently, he is not going blind. He went blind and has already started to adjust, which is why he has been fooling us into thinking he can still see somewhat.
They think he still has cushings on top of that but they first have to deal with the pancreatitis they found before they can even test for cushings. He's going to need to be on special food for the rest of his life, regardless, because of the pancreatitis.
If he does have cushings, it comes in two varieties - the more common is treatable with medication, the less common is not. Neither is lethal by itself. It just means dealing with the symptoms (weight gain and lots more water intake).
It all sounds horrible but he is adjusting more than I would. He is the most nervous and skittish of any of my dogs but he seems quite a bit calmer now.
Damn, sorry to hear that. They do adapt well, almost to their detriment.
My dog is 8 and broke her leg as a puppy. Multiple surgeries got it fixed (ish) but now years of favoring her other leg are catching up. She struggles to stand and needs help about half the time. Has trouble with stairs (I have a colonial with the master bedroom upstairs), and is easily knocked over. Her favorite spot is of course next to my bed upstairs, so she goes up there to sleep all the time meaning going up and down stairs many times a day. I've got her weight down to 135 from 155, but she is still struggling. The worst part is even though she is all broke down, she still has a great attitude. Super friendly, playful, sweetest disposition, and of course always wants to be involved with everything. Unfortunately, eventually her mobility will be so degraded she will probably have to be put down. Hopefully the meds she is on now will at least slow the decline.