She has been dx'd with a hereditary Lens Degeneration (they ruled out diabets and thyroid conditions). So far it is only in the right eye and not that bad. It could get worse, it could also show up in the other eye or it could stay as is.
Living in central NY we are close to Cornell University and they can fix it for between $1,500 and $2,000. With no guarantee that she'll be able to see any better. Right now her eyesight isn't affected. BUT, the vet did stress that one thing you don't want is a Rottweiler who can't see. They can become much more aggressive. So for now we are basically in a sit and wait pattern to see if it gets worse.
That's so sad, I wouldn't put her down while she is still having a good life and is not suffering. I'm sure you will love her and enjoy her as long as possible. Good luck with everything, it sounds like you are getting her the best care and that's wonderful.
I had a miniture poodle that had that and eventually it went to both eyes and he did not get aggressive at all. We just did not let people sneak up on him and started him and we always made words and sounds for him to know we were about, so he was never freightened.......agressive..Bosh. If your dearest Rottie is not aggressive now, unless he gets spooked hard or the progressive is so quickly he cannot adjust....I would think he would just be very much more careful and stairs would be hard on him. My little Samson had a hard time with stairs.
I dont see where she can be any more aggressive than any other blind dog.Blind dogs make wonderful pets anyway.Because since they cant see you they listen so much more and concentrate on you.IM very sorry about her.You are in my prayers.I wouldnt put her to sleep unless she gets in really bad pain.
Oh Debi - I am so sorry to hear about Oakley. While I don't know her personally, I feel I do, since I have watched her grow up through the pictures here at TP.
Have you contacted her breeders yet? I'm not sure what kind of health contract you have, but they may be responsible to pay at least part of the surgery, if necessary. And since it is hereditary, you should at least contact them to let them know that they have a problem with their dogs.
I'd seriously check into the comment about a blind Rottie becoming aggressive. I've never known a blind Rottie, but it doesn't seem that lack of sight would make them aggressive.
I hope you get good news at your next vet checkup. Give Oakley a puppy kiss from my group.
Thanks everyone. I appreciate the support. We are not going to put Oakley down. That is for sure. I don't even consider that an option.
I did contact the breeder. She hasn't heard of any other problems with any of the other puppies from Oakley's litter. She is going to let the owners of the rest of the puppies know along with the owner of the stud dog. (We had a one year health guarantee I believe. I don't have the contract in front of me though.) She was very concerned and told us to please keep in touch and let her know what happens.
I guess we will basically just sit and see what happens. I'm contacting Cornell next week and will do some research on the internet as well. It seems to me that if they can give supplements to adults with Macular Degeneration then there ought to be something out there for dogs.
I am much more informed on horses on vision problems than dogs, but here's my opinion. Is removing the eye an option? As opposed to expensive, painful surgery that might or might not work? In horse, there is a condition called recurring uveitis.Usually it affects Appaloosas, but any equine can get it. My donkey had an episode 3 years ago, and luckily got over it. The point is, is that a lot of horses lose an eye and in some cases both, and in HORSES euthanasia is done when both eyes are affected, but some people don't go that route and retrain their horses to respond to voice cues. I had a neighbor with a totally blind horse from ERU, and used electric wire to keep the horse in and bad animals out. The horse could "feel" the electricity when she got within a foot of the fence and learned the boundries. The other horses sensed the handicapp and helped her at feeding time. I guess what I'm saying is please dont put down your dog just because she is blind. If a HORSE can live and work blind, a dog can easily. Perhaps just going ahead and removing the eyeball may be your best route. Good luck and my prayers are with you
Very sorry to hear that. I am thinking about you and hoping for the best. It would be nice if you can find some kind of assistance with the surgery and it would be successful. Sounds like you are doing right and getting a second opinion and I would not put down your dog because it might become aggressive. If it does happen and happen gradually, hopefully your dog will adjust.
so sorry deb. we had a pekingese that went blind. she lived to be 13 before we had to put her down. she lived fine with the blindness, but the cancer was causing her great pain and we couldnt put her through the suffering. she was a little jumpy if anyone approached her too fast, but never did she ever get aggressive. hopefully your babies condition will not worsen. if it does and she does go blind, she will adjust, just as humans do. i will keep you both in my prayers.
MinPin, Don't worry..putting her down would not even cross my mind. She is far from aggressive right now. Yes, that could change if (and a big IF) she loses her eyesight but we'll cross that bring when we come to it.
I can't get a hold of anyone at Cornell yet but I'm thinking of taking her down their for a second opinion. If she eventually needs surgery they would be the ones doing it so I think taking her there for a second opinion is a good idea. They are good down and there and give you straight answers as to what they think the outcome will be.