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Sheila lost her sight within a matter of hours to SARDS, she was 10 at the time and acclimated very well. She still roamed the yard, went up and down the steps outside. One day at Ed's I found her upstairs outside the bathroom waiting for me to come out of the shower! She had a real 6th sense about things, could find her tennnis balls by smell only. Initially, I did wear a bracelet with bells on it when I was home and had my other dog wear a bell. I put essential oils on the casings to the doorways, down low on the wood so she could smell it, a different oil for each room. I only had to do that for a short while, she acclimated so quickly. She still went for walks with no problem. The one thing that did change, as she aged she became very cranky with other dogs (she had been a dream around all dogs before, no aggession, no interest either). If they approached her too closely she would become aggressive, but that was mostly because of old age.

 

When she was diagnosed I asked the ophthalmologist if her quality of life would suffer, if it would be kinder to put her to sleep (I was ignorant about SARDS and blind dogs at the time) and she smiled and said, "Not at all, look at her," (Sheila was laying in the middle of the lobby with her legs fanned out very very relaxed yet alert and happy), "She's not having a problem with this at all, you are. She will be fine, you just need to adjust your way of thinking about this." I took her advice, changed my outlook. Sheila lived another healthy and sweet 5 years until she just wore out.

 

As far as dog parks are concerned, I won't take mine to them now and they have full vision, I'd be afraid to take a blind dog to a dog park, busy or only with a few dogs. Walks should be fine, just listen to Bella and she will tell you what she is ready to take on.

 

Many hugs to you and Bella, this will just be a new chapter for you.


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One other thing I remember being told by the eye specialist who diagnosed Lynch, the younger the dog is, the faster they go blind. It took less than 1 year for Lynch to become totally blind, he was just under 2 at diagnosis and I was told this had been going on for a while. It's also usually genetic, so that if there are other pups in the litter, your dog may have blind litter mates. Lynch's Mom was totally blind by the time she finished having pups, and I know that several of his litter mates also had issues with blindness.

 

I wouldn't do dog parks either, too much possibility of him running into a tree or fence or another dog and it could end tragically. Lynch never went to the dog park with us.

 

Good luck, I think you'll find that 95% of the time the blindness isn't really an issue.


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:grouphug Bella and :grouphug Maggie. You have gotten such wonderful advice here. It sounds as tho the biggest adjustment will be not for Bella but for her mom. You can do it, girl.


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Just curious... what were Bella's symptoms?
Was this discovered at a routine wellness check-up .... or had you suspected something was wrong?


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Guest ShanYu

Maggie... lots of good advice here so nothing new from me. I had a cat who went blind. We didn't know until we closed a door that was always left open and she walked into it. Didn't affect her life at all. She was still the happiest purriest creature we always knew. You and beautiful Bella will be fine. Sending hugs from me and Nike.

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Thank you so much for the wonderful advice everyone! I'm booking an appointment with a specialist, since the vet said he was 80% sure it's PRA...well, that's not 100%. I took her to the vet because one time she ran bumped into my bf, and the other time she jumped right on his chest when he was laying in bed, and she steps on Cleo quite a bit. However, today I've been doing my own little tests, throwing treats and such, and she's on the ball...so I think a second opinion is key right now.

 

I know many have said that it's ok, and yes...but we're very active, and for Bella not to be able to run or go to the dog park would be quite a downturn in her life :(


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Thank you so much for the wonderful advice everyone! I'm booking an appointment with a specialist, since the vet said he was 80% sure it's PRA...well, that's not 100%. I took her to the vet because one time she ran bumped into my bf, and the other time she jumped right on his chest when he was laying in bed, and she steps on Cleo quite a bit. However, today I've been doing my own little tests, throwing treats and such, and she's on the ball...so I think a second opinion is key right now.

 

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What I noticed when Mork was diagnosed (we were at a vet opth to get an eye scratch looked at, we had no idea he was losing his vision), is that he had poor peripheral vision, and couldn't see well in low light. As I said, neither of these things really concerned is, and we never imagined he was losing his vision, but in retrospect, the deficits were apparent.

 

He never stepped on other dogs, or us (any more than usual in the years we had him up to that point). So maybe she's just klutzy :). Did your vet look into the back of her eyes? Are here eyes reflective green as a previous poster posted? Anyway, many good thought for you and your girl.

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I don't have any firsthand experience, but one of Heather (KennelMom) and Ken's girls had PRA and IIRC she did just fine.

 

I agree with getting a second opinion though too, in case something else is going on and it can be treated.

 

Hugs to all of you :)


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Sorry to hear this. No experience, but from what others have said it sounds like Bella will be ok. Sending lots of hugs to your beautiful girl :grouphug

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I'm so very sorry about Bella's diagnosis, Maggie. So many excellent responses, and the links galgrey posted are very helpful.

 

Just a few thoughts to add as you become Bella's seeing eye person:

 

- Begin teaching Bella proper "heeling" while on leash (if you haven't already).

Bella's right shoulder next to your left thigh. This keeps dogs away from passing cars since pedestrians are supposed to walk against traffic flow. Try to step with your own left leg first each time you begin walking.

 

- Teach "heel left" and "heel right" when making a turn. Helpful to teach u-turn or round about.

 

- If leash walking two dogs on your left side, Bella would benefit from walking in the middle (between human and other dog). Bella next to your left thigh; Cleo next to Bella's left side.

 

As her sight worsens, you may notice her keeping her head very low watching the ground as she walks, especially at night.

 

I agree with others about completely avoiding a dog park, especially with a blind retired racer.

Besides crashing into dogs, trees, humans, fence, chairs; other dogs and wild ground critters dig holes causing falls.

Bella would be perceived as the weakest underdog in the park. She would become the most likely target for other dogs to attack. She couldn't see her attackers to defend herself.

 

Good luck, and please let us know how the specialist's opinion goes for Bella.

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We are heading to do a pressure test for glaucoma in about 30 min, if it's not glaucoma then we'll see the specialist. However, I've been throwing small treats at her and she catches 95% of them. So here's for hoping the vet (that originally said 80% of it being PRA) was drunk or something along those lines! :rofl

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Maggie (the human servant), with Miss Bella, racing name "A Star Blackieto"

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:lol That's a possibility that I never would have thought of!!! Fingers crossed for the original being a misdiagnosis.

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Maggie, have you visited Rick Quinn, the veterinary ophthalmologist? If not, I highly recommend him.


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We are heading to do a pressure test for glaucoma in about 30 min, if it's not glaucoma then we'll see the specialist. However, I've been throwing small treats at her and she catches 95% of them. So here's for hoping the vet (that originally said 80% of it being PRA) was drunk or something along those lines! :rofl

Maggie, have you learned anything more?

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Just seeing this now. So sorry for the diagnosis. :(


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Maggie, I think you are seeing a specialist today... Fingers crossed! I know your at-home tests have been positive so hoping your regular vet was just having a bad hair day :)


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Maggie, I think you are seeing a specialist today... Fingers crossed! I know your at-home tests have been positive so hoping your regular vet was just having a bad hair day :)

 

On the 27th, so still some more time for me to throw treats at her! :hehe


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Maggie (the human servant), with Miss Bella, racing name "A Star Blackieto"

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Wow - where'd I get today? :lol


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