My 6 year old border collie/Australian shepherd mix has previously had severe "collie nose." I noticed a few weeks ago that her pupils were extremely dilated even in sunlight. We took her to the vet who ran blood tests and then sent us on a 4 1/2 hour drive to see a canine ophthalmologist (silly me, I didn't know there was such a thing!) He said it was most likely SARDS altho the only way to be sure was a $350 test. Since he said there was no treatment, we passed on the test.
Brianna still has some vision, but it's hard to say how well she sees. I notice a little less dilation in sunlight. Hubby and I are preparing for her eventual blindness, mostly by educating ourselves. She is already a very high-strung, nervous dog, so I ordered her a Thundervest to see if that would calm her. We are getting bells and making the house and yard safer for her.
She seems to be doing pretty well, but has begun soiling and peeing in the house, She often pants heavily. Are the toileting accidents related to SARDS? Any advice for how to deal with them? This is stressing me out, b/c hubby yells at her when she poops, but I think it may have a medical component and I have been unable to find out on the Internet.
I am glad to find this group. I don't feel so all alone with so many people dealing with blind dogs all helping each other out. Thank you for reading this and I hope to get some responses.
Bri's mom, AKA Linda