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Freddy is being treated by the opthamologist for ehrlichia, tick parasite brought up from Florida, that effects the bloodstream. She was given drops 2x/day and now gets them 1x/day. eyes are crytal clear. Fortunately, this was found before any irreperable damage, blindness. However, at the last visit the vet noticed white rings around both corneas. He said that it is corneal disintegration! I pretty much flipped inside thinking that she could now go blind from antoher problem!!! With her also losing fur, he wanted her tested for hypothyroidism. My greyhound savvy vet says that this eye condition is rare and is not related to the thyroid. Will get the first blood results Monday and the thyroid a few days later. Has anyone had a similar condition in their greyhound? If so, what did the vets say? I know that I don't have facts at this point, but I'm worried!!!!!!!!! I can't imagine her going blind.

Nancy

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Nancy, when I did the search on this I see that a lot of this is cholesterol related.

Call vet Monday morning and make sure one of the tests they are runnning is for her chloestrol. It's not too late to have that test run if they have not done so yet.

 

 

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My 7 yr-old boy has them. Vet said cholesterol deposits. No treatment recommended since his vision is not affected. Please post more info as you receive it. Thanks!

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Freddy is being treated by the opthamologist for ehrlichia, tick parasite brought up from Florida, that effects the bloodstream. She was given drops 2x/day and now gets them 1x/day. eyes are crytal clear. Fortunately, this was found before any irreperable damage, blindness. However, at the last visit the vet noticed white rings around both corneas. He said that it is corneal disintegration! I pretty much flipped inside thinking that she could now go blind from antoher problem!!! With her also losing fur, he wanted her tested for hypothyroidism. My greyhound savvy vet says that this eye condition is rare and is not related to the thyroid. Will get the first blood results Monday and the thyroid a few days later. Has anyone had a similar condition in their greyhound? If so, what did the vets say? I know that I don't have facts at this point, but I'm worried!!!!!!!!! I can't imagine her going blind.

Nancy

 

I'm not quite sure if this is what you meant....I am understanding from your post that

the opthamologist is treating her eyes with the drops twice a day, but another vet (maybe the one treating the ehrlichia?) is telling you it is corneal disintegration? If I am understanding this correctly then I would continue to have the opthamologist treat the eyes. Veterinarians are not always up to date on eye problems since many times they just rarely see eye problems beyond injuries. Here is an article on pannus, which is really not uncommon to greyhounds, and is an immune mediated corneal disease. http://www.animaleyecare.net/diseases/pannus.htm Usual treatment can be prednisolone drops in the eyes daily (sometimes once, sometimes twice a day) for life. These eye drops usually do a good job of keeping pannus under control. For the ehrichia she is being treated with Doxycycline?

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Your opthomologist will be able to tell you if it is cholesterol.... our grey was diagnosed with this but the drops made him ill, so we are just watching the ring grow.

As stated before, the cholesterol deposits are not necessarily a systemic-thing.

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Guest FreddyGirl

She is hypothyroid, the clinical signs of hair loss and the corneal white rings confer with the results of the blood tests. fortunately, with medication, her eyes won't get any worse.

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Just trying to understand... The vet says the corneal rings are a sign of hypothyroidism? Not sure if I'm reading correctly. Thanks if you can clarify.

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My girl has the rings. I brought her to several different vets and an eye specialist who all told me it was cholesterol deposits in the eye and nothing could really be done for it.

The last vet I saw said that it can be controlled with diet.

I put her on a strict diet. Her dry food is 16.6% protein and 6% Crude fat. She was on Nutro Natural choice large breed before (26% protein and 12% fat.)She has been on the diet for two years now and her eyes are better. The rings are there but have not grown and the spots she was getting in the middle of her eyes are all gone.

 

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Just trying to understand... The vet says the corneal rings are a sign of hypothyroidism? Not sure if I'm reading correctly. Thanks if you can clarify.

 

 

Just to answer your question since I'm not sure Nancy saw this.

 

Freddy has been seeing an eye specialist due to cloudy eyes and she was put on drops and they cleared up. It is a condition, I just don't remember the name.

A few months later, Nancy noticed the white rings and the fact that Freddy's once hairy butt, chest and neck were bare. She brought her in to be tested and sure enough the results of the panel showed hypothyroidism.

The vet feels the white rings where due to the hypothyroid but should not get any worse.

 

 

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Robin is correct. We go back to the vet to check thyroid levels in 2 weeks with a follow up call to the opthamologist.

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