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My Dog Went Suddenly Blind Today

 
Anonymous Coward
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My Dog Went Suddenly Blind Today
We woke up this morning and our dog was not herself.

After observing her for a few hours we realized she went blind. The blindness came suddenly (overnight) and is total.

She cannot see anything and is incredibly frightened.

Has any had an experience like this?

Will she get better? How much better?

I have seen blind dogs have full lives before and want to encourage her to use other senses to cope.

Any advice would sure help, please.
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1. Seek professional help (for the dog).

2. Valium could calm her down a little. The vet can prescribe this in the beginning if she is sketching out.

3. Good luck.


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10/24/2010 08:06 PM
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probably had a stroke or seizure in the night
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probably had a stroke or seizure in the night
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Yep! Get her to the vet ASAP.
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Canine blindness, as a general rule, is attributed to progressive diseases such as cataracts, corneal disease, retinal inflammation and even glaucoma. At the onset of these conditions, the dog's ability to compensate for the vision loss, by overusing the unaffected eye, is astounding. This level of compensation is so discreetly performed that not even the dog owner realizes the family pet has a loss of vision. It is not until the visual deterioration has affected both eyes that the dog owner begins to realize there is an issue of concern. Indications of vision loss, in the dog, would include a sudden clumsiness, disorientation with regard to food and water location, being easily startled and a loss of interest in play. When the family dog exhibits these symptoms, a visit with a veterinarian, for an optical examination, is prudent.

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Hope this helps.
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10/24/2010 08:12 PM
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What dog food were you using? Just curious. Sorry about your baby :(
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10/24/2010 11:46 PM
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Vet, ASAP.. Good luck.
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10/25/2010 12:37 AM
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TAKE YOUR DOG TO THE VET IMMEDIATELY....TAKE YOU DOG TO AN ANIMAL ER .

DON'T BE TRYING TO GUESS ON GLP WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED.

GET YOUR PET TO A VET IMMEDIATELY.

WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU? WHY HAVE YOU WAITED THIS LONG ALREADY COMING HERE LOOKING FOR ANSWERS?

TAKE YOUR DOG TO A VET IMMEDIATELY.
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probably had a stroke or seizure in the night
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This. And vet, ASAP.

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10/25/2010 12:39 AM
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We woke up this morning and our dog was not herself.

After observing her for a few hours we realized she went blind. The blindness came suddenly (overnight) and is total.

She cannot see anything and is incredibly frightened.

Has any had an experience like this?

Will she get better? How much better?

I have seen blind dogs have full lives before and want to encourage her to use other senses to cope.

Any advice would sure help, please.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1135133


Both of my 13+ year old dogs (golden retriever & black lab) died within a few months of losing their vision. Not sure why.
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Your dog could be experiancing vertigo. This can occur if the dog was chewing on rocks and broke a molar tooth. The tooth would become abscess and swell a nerve that runs up along the jaw. The dog will not be able to walk well and often in one direction. vomiting could also occur.
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I think there are emergency vets that are open 24/7. Until you get there just hold her and talk calmly to her and let her sleep in your bed. Please don't leave her alone tomorrow to go to work. I think she'll need to have someone with her all the time for a while. This is so sad!!!
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Your dog could be experiancing vertigo. This can occur if the dog was chewing on rocks and broke a molar tooth. The tooth would become abscess and swell a nerve that runs up along the jaw. The dog will not be able to walk well and often in one direction. vomiting could also occur.
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this situation above can stump a vet. the dog will run into things and not want to get up and move about. the vet will need to extract the tooth with great relief to the dog.
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I agree, she may have a serious health issue going on and this is just a symptom that could escalate. Get her to the vet.

Poor baby. Our older female dog went blind in one eye over a few days time. Her eye turned red and inflamed. The vet looked at it and said not to worry, but let her know if it gets worse. Next day it was swollen and bulging, buy the time we got her to the vet the next day her retina had flipped. She is at high risk of the other eye going now too. Glaucoma pressure in one eye can cause the other to over compensate.

She was scared and disoriented for awhile, but has adapted very well. Try not to be fearful yourself. She will pick that up from you. Good luck.
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Mother Goose, what did the vet say? My sister in law was taking care of my dog she said his eye looked kind of gray but he seemed to be just fine. We told her to let us know if it got worse. A few days later I asked for a picture. His eye was white in the middle and red around the outside. It was starting to buldge. We drove to New Mexico that same day and took him to the vet. His other eye started to could over as well. The vet said there was a scratch on his bad eye and the other eye that started clouding over just had conjunctivitis. We were given drops and anti inflamitory meds, which we have been administering diligently. His left eye has now turned white. We have been taking to the vet's office, but we have been charged a couple of hundred dollars to tell us the dog is blind( I figured that out on my own) His right eye had a pressure of 80 and we have been giving him drops to lower the eye pressure. His left eye had a pressure of 15. If anyone had any real ideas as to what this could be please help. I can not afford to keep taking him to the vet for an "I don't know what's wrong with your dog, that'll be $100"
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It also may be helpful to know that his eyes are goopy and watering a lot. he keeps them closed most of the time and tries to rub his eyes on me and the furniture.
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My dog also went blind overnight,took him to the vet and they could not tell me what was wrong with him,,I have been paying money for nothing,,,why can U get a strait answer,cause they dont have one.oh yeah,"take him to the vet"
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My dog also suddenly went blind today hes only 5 we rushed him to the vets and they have never seen a case like it very unusual he was fine last night absolutely fine no problems at all but this morning both his eyes are totally white hes bumping into things. vet has give some steroid eye drops to see if it helps fingers crossed they do something for him such a shame.
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My dog also suddenly went blind today hes only 5 we rushed him to the vets and they have never seen a case like it very unusual he was fine last night absolutely fine no problems at all but this morning both his eyes are totally white hes bumping into things. vet has give some steroid eye drops to see if it helps fingers crossed they do something for him such a shame.
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My dog looked like that too. He was banging on his kennel in the morning, and when I went to get him, he was crying and his eyes were white. He couldn't see at all. My husband took him to the vet and he had to get some kind of surgery. Four months later, he's perfectly fine. For awhile we had to keep him away from the sun, but other than that, he's as happy as a dog can be.

He's a siberian husky~
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The same thing happened to my Akita this past weekend. Our vet said it could be either SARDS , glaucoma or a possible stroke. It's devistating I know but see your vet ASAP, you have some decisions to make and no matter what it is it won't be fun. The good news is that dogs are amazingly resilient and adjust to the loss very well. The bad news is that with the sudden loss it will take longer for the adjustment. You will have to be VERY patient and let her know that you are there to help her and won't let her get hurt. Soon enough she will be more self sufficient. It has only been a couple of days and I can see his confidence growing. Best of luck to you and your dog. If it ends up being glaucoma, the treatment is expensive but necessary because of extreme eye pain
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I'd really like to know what comes of this, OP.
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The same thing happened to my Akita this past weekend. Our vet said it could be either SARDS , glaucoma or a possible stroke. It's devistating I know but see your vet ASAP, you have some decisions to make and no matter what it is it won't be fun. The good news is that dogs are amazingly resilient and adjust to the loss very well. The bad news is that with the sudden loss it will take longer for the adjustment. You will have to be VERY patient and let her know that you are there to help her and won't let her get hurt. Soon enough she will be more self sufficient. It has only been a couple of days and I can see his confidence growing. Best of luck to you and your dog. If it ends up being glaucoma, the treatment is expensive but necessary because of extreme eye pain
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The same thing happened to my Akita this past weekend. Our vet said it could be either SARDS , glaucoma or a possible stroke. It's devistating I know but see your vet ASAP, you have some decisions to make and no matter what it is it won't be fun. The good news is that dogs are amazingly resilient and adjust to the loss very well. The bad news is that with the sudden loss it will take longer for the adjustment. You will have to be VERY patient and let her know that you are there to help her and won't let her get hurt. Soon enough she will be more self sufficient. It has only been a couple of days and I can see his confidence growing. Best of luck to you and your dog. If it ends up being glaucoma, the treatment is expensive but necessary because of extreme eye pain
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What came of your dog Suzy? I have an Akita that suddenly started bumping into things. She seems confused and afraid she has done something wrong. I'm very worried!
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this happened to my doberman
he would go blind, shiver, shake and act
like he didn't know where he was.

I would give him water mixed with sugar
or sugar sandwiches. this helped him alot.

the vet gave him meds, but still the only thing
that would get him out of that state would be
sugar. He was 14 yrs old when this started.

I had to put him down feb 14 2011.
I still miss him everyday.
He was one mean bastard and only liked me
attacked everyone else.
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When a dogs eye turns white, or cloudy and the white part of the eye is very red and the whole eye bulges and increases in size it is to late. Your dog has glaucoma. A dogs eye pressure is suppose to be under 21. Anything over is glaucoma.. the person who said her dogs eye pressure was 80... your dog is blind in that eye.

Some Vets do not know this. My dogs eye was red, cloudy and large. We took her to the vet.. he said she scratched it.. I said could it be glaucoma? he said no.. gave us drops sent us home said if it didn't improve in three days to come back. in three days it had no change. we took her back, saw a different vet... he took one look at her and said she has glaucoma...

we took her to the animal eye institute of Cincinnati. They are AWESOME!.. her pressure in her bad eye was 65,, her other eye was 11... they removed her eye and put in a prosthesis. She gets drops every twelve hours in her good eye to keep the pressure low and has it checked every 4 months. Last check it was 17... but I think she is developing glaucoma in the other eye.. it's been bloodshot (basset usually are, but this is redder than normal)ant it looks like it's a tad bigger... I don't know if I am so afraid she is losing her eye and I am imagining it or not. The Doc told us she had a 50/50 chance of losing the good eye...

there is nothing you can do.. she was destined to get glaucoma from before she was born.. it's because she is pure bred...

I wouldn't trade her for the world, but people are better off having a mut instead of pure bred...
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It also may be helpful to know that his eyes are goopy and watering a lot. he keeps them closed most of the time and tries to rub his eyes on me and the furniture.
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YES the exact thing happened to my 14-year-old dog, he had a small growth on one upper eyelid but didn't seem to bother him, then suddenly during a walk he fell down the curb and walked smack into a tree. Sudden blindness.

Rushed him to the vet, it was an eye infection (probably started by the small growth on the eyelid draining) and had spread to the other eye by his rubbing it against a blanket or with his paws. In 2 days of eye drops his eyes were fine. I had the little growth removed and he has been perfectly fine ever since.

It may be temporary since it came on suddenly. Best of luck to you. Be sure to wash all his bedding, dishes, give only pure water, give him a bath if that's not too traumatic. Try to sterilize his environment as much as possible without traumatizing him. Best of luck.
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Any advice would sure help, please.
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As a rule of thumb, the less things change, the easier it's for any dog to get over the fear.

They sense *everything* about the energies surrounding them, so if you and other people around are worried and stressed, it will make her stress too.

It's impossible to say of course what's the reason for the sudden blindness, but there are *so* many examples of dogs either born blind or being blinded later that are still able to live full life, that even if the blindness was to remain, it's something you can easily get over with together.

For dogs, smelling and hearing are way more important senses than seeing.

I can give you better advice if you tell me a bit more about your dog; what's her breed, how has she been behaving before, how does she express her fear etc.
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there is nothing you can do.. she was destined to get glaucoma from before she was born.. it's because she is pure bred...
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Sounds like correct diagnosis to me.

Fortunately, as I said before, this is not the end. <3
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Awww that sucks man.

I love my dogs and to be honest, I need the unconditional love they give.

It does sound like a stroke.
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My neighbor's dog went blind this past year and so they took him to a specialist vet to have cataract surgery. Now he can see just fine. Check with your vet and see if that is the problem.

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