Saturday, January 12, 2019

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Sudden Blindness in Dogs, Uveitis, and more ...

Sudden Blindness in Dogs

Dr. Justine Lee

Having your dog go blind is heartbreaking. Sudden vision loss is devastating. I imagine when it happens that fast, it is pretty overwhelming for the dog as well, having had no time at all to adjust.

Your dog can lose vision due to various issues, including trauma or diabetes. There is, however, a condition--sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS). Have you ever heard of that? I hope you never will hear these words from the mouth of your veterinarian.

Unlike with some other issues, with SARDS, the eyes will look perfectly normal. This acute condition, sadly, has no cure. At least for now. I wonder whether one day, stem cell therapy might help. For the time being, when this happens, your dog will remain permanently blind.

Strangely, there seems to be some connection between SARDS and Cushing's disease. While the relationship between these two things is not understood, it is a reminder to stay on top of any symptoms your dog might be showing, such as excessive hunger, drinking, and urination.

To learn more about this condition, read Dr. Lee's article.

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Sudden Blindness in Dogs, Uveitis, and more ...

Uveitis in Dogs & Cats – A Common Eye Problem

Dr. Christopher Byers/CriticalCareDVM

Uveitis is an inflammatory disease of the eye tissues. It is quite common. It is essential to know what it looks like as early diagnosis and treatment are needed to preserve your dog's vision.

Uveitis can be brought on by anything that damages the eye tissue, including trauma, toxicity, infections, immune over-reaction, and systemic disease.

As you can imagine, uveitis is painful. It can cause sensitivity to light, squinting or involuntarily closed eyelids, tearing, depression and loss of appetite.

To learn more about uveitis and how to recognize it, read Dr. Byer's article.

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Dr. Andy Roark


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