Hi, I was just wondering if anybody can help me out here or if anybody has had the same experience as us.
We have a 4 year old *very energetic* Border Collie / Jack Russell cross and about two weeks ago we noticed his eyes were very red around the edges.
After a couple of days he was able to keep his eyes open when he was excited but when he was relaxing his inner eyelid started to close and it really started to worry us.
We took him to the vet and they gave him some eyedrops for conjunctivitis but also said that his conjunctiva did not look inflamed. The drops had no effect and his eyes just got worse. Then, after a few more days he was unable to keep the outer eyelid open while resting and became extremely lethargic. He normally chases his tail, shadows, anything that moves really but by this time he just didnt care.
Around the same time he also completely lost his apetite for dog food and we have had to start feeding him meat slices by hand because he wont eat anything else.
Now, in the last few days we have noticed that his sight has become worse and he has become even more lethargic. He appeared to have a real bad case of tunnel vision. He normally rolls over & stands up for treats and catches them every time, but last night I threw him about 25 tiny treats into the air and he caught 3 of them.
The really bad bit is that when I got home from work today he seemed to have lost his sight completely, except that he can make out movements if you are standing in front of a light. His eyes seem to be wide open now and look quite inflamed compared to how they looked two weeks ago.
We are really scared because he seems to have almost completely lost his sight in the last two days and I dont expect him to have any vision at all tomorrow, which is really scary and upsetting.
He went back to the vet this afternoon who said that he was surprised how quick he had deteriorated since he last went (5 days between visits) but also said that he had never seen anything like this before and has now referred him to a specialist.
He also said that he appeared to have detached retinas.
A couple of days ago I thought it might be Canine Distemper but the vet said that he doubted that it was.
He has suffered no other visible symptoms like nasal discharge or any form of discharge from his eyes throughout the whole process, only red eyes, loss of appetite, lethargy and now a form of blindness. He does not seem to be showing any signs of pain.
I am really sorry to write an essay about it, but my family and myself are really upset, worried and confused about his condition being that he is only 4 years old, not to mention how confused he must feel.
At the moment I am expecting the absolute worst because of the speed of his deterioration but if there is anything that anybody knows we may be able to do then please help us.
Detached retina's can be caused by very high blood pressure. Unfortunately most vets don't have a blood pressure machine. I would get him to a specialist pronto. Sometimes dogs that are feeling ill will have their third eyelids close halfway like that. Please keep us informed as I would like to know what on earth this could be.
Hi, He has spent most of today at a specialist animal hospital and they have sent blood samples for testing but they won't be back for a few days.
His sight seems the same as yesterday but for the time being they have given him a course of weak steroids as both eye drops and tablets to try and recover his sight but they also warned that the steroids will lower his immune system capabilities. This means that if he has some form of virus it may be able to develop more.
A couple of days before we noticed his eyes were reddening, he went to the vet to have a booster injection as he was due to go into the kennels. The thing is he had missed a previous booster and the vet told us that he needed to 'start from the beginning' and gave him the full dose of injection like it was his first time. I am a bit worried because I have since read that this can actually cause problems and a few other people have said that they would only recommend the first set of injections when dogs are puppies. Has anyone else been in this situation or a similar situation regarding booster injections?
I am just thinking that maybe it's either the fact that he missed the last booster or that he was given too much this time. Either way it is not nice for him.
I really hope he will be OK. I will keep you posted.
blood pressure was going to be my guess. you didnt say whether the specialist tested him for that.
missing vaccines wouldnt cause a problem like this, however, receiving a vaccine can cause different types of problems. whether or not it could be vaccine related would be difficult to find out unless his eye problem turns out to be some sort of an immune related disorder.
there is no such thing as a "full" dose of vaccine given. vaccines are dosed out at 1 ml for every size animal as vaccines dont work based on the body weight of a dog. they work based on how much of a certain vaccine is needed to boost an immune response to it. in *some* animals, *some* vets will give a 1/2 ml of a vaccine instead of the full ml but that is usually only done when the animal being vaccinated is one of these teacup, itsy bitsy dogs weighing 1-3 pounds.
most, in fact all except the rabies vaccine, vaccines need to be given in a series because it can take a few vaccines to produce the appropriate immunity in a dogs body. there are only a couple that do need to be reboostered within a specific amount of time from receiving the initial one in order to be effective. the lyme vaccine is one. if the period between the first lyme vaccine and the second vaccine is greater than 1 month, then the series needs to be restarted from the beginning. giving the second vaccine past that 1 month period is ineffective for providing total protection. a lyme vaccine is not a required vaccine for a boarding kennel, however that is one of the most common vaccines that can cause post vaccine immune related complications.
another thing that causes the 3rd eyelid to rise over the eye is worm infestation. that can be checked very easily by providing a stool sample to the vet or doing a CBC and checking the dogs eosinophil count.
i hope your dog is ok and can regain his vision. please let us know how it goes.
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