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Old 04-11-2013, 03:06 PM
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Default Sigh, eyes- possible retinal detatchment

Smudge's right eye started to go a little cloudy 3 days ago. Got into the vet today. They rule out glaucoma, and uveitis. Intra-occular pressure is okay.

But.. they aren't sure what is wrong. His eye is cloudy like a cataract, but the fluid is billowy and it is not a cataract.. They think it might be lens luxation, or retinal detachment.

I have steroidal drops for him. I have a course of antibiotics to start tomorrow in case. The vet is posting photos on a vet share board. She expects to have an answer from an ophthalmologist in about 24 hours.

She hopes that the steroids will at least make it easier to see something in his eye, and that an ophthalmologist will have a clearer opinion.

He can't see clearly out of the eye. If he has a retinal detachment.. unlike a human it isn't fixable... and I'm upset and worried.

But I've vetted him and now I have to wait. Anyone have experience with canine retinal detachment, lens luxation and other horrible canine eye issues?
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:25 PM
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I have nothing to really advise you... Sorry

My cat had double retina detachment, I don't want to worry you, but she had one eye removed as it became painful, but still has the other, although is totally blind.

It happened in one first, and that was removed. It didn't happen in the other for awhile after that.

Like I say, her first eye was very painful, so if you think he has it, I imagine he'd be hurting. Is it watery or sore?
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:31 PM
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He is in no pain. He is totally himself. He's always had eye gooeys, but he has no more than is normal for him. It isn't excessively watery..

Other than the fact it is cloudy and I can now tell he can't see correctly out of it.. there is nothing 'wrong'.

I already feared the worst going into the vet.. The fact he couldn't see I spazzed. I'm worried that they aren't sure what it is yet
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:38 PM
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I can't actually remember how they diagnosed it in my cat now... It was that long ago.... Not much help.

Just wait for the appointments, there's no point worrying as it could be something totally different.

And if it is detachment.... Well... It sucks. But you will both be ok
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I didn't know retinal detachments in dogs weren't correctable... poor guy. Cataracts in dogs is the only thing I've had any experience with. Hopefully the ophthalmologist, being a specialist, will have some ideas and be able to tell you more... I've heard it's not terribly uncommon for vets to not be super up on vision problems unless that is their focus, so I wouldn't be too worried that the vet doesn't know for sure just yet. ((((HUGS))))
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Old 04-11-2013, 04:08 PM
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Well, I know human medicine and not canine.. If it is a retinal issue... A retinal tear in a human gives them 'floaters'. Black splotchies. They can't fix that.. But it may be the precursor to a detachment. If it seems like a curtain goes over your eye, likely you detached. You have under 24 hours to get it repaired.

Apparently detachment in a dog can lead to cloudy eye- doesn't happen too much in people. But a dog can't tell you they can't see.. so you wouldn't know when the 24 hour window is.

I'm hoping an ophthalmologist will have an okay prognosis. I feel like an @ss.. as all I can think of is if he can't see, no agility, etc. Though my primary concern IS his health. This came out of nowhere *sigh* and I've been so worried.. and now I'm possibly more worried..

And I was pulled over by a cop on my way home.. No ticket, just a warning as I have a cracked windshield I can't afford to replace... And then he though my car smelled like weed.. OMG. There is no weed near my car, ever.. Stuck his head WAY in and went oh.. not weed.. Coconut..
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I haven't seen a retinal detachment in a dog, but in cats the eye looks outwardly totally normal, not cloudy. It's only when you examine the interior of the eye with an instrument that you see it. In cats I've almost always seen it associated with high blood pressure, and once the pressure is normal the retinas have a fairly good chance of reattaching on their own IME.

I'm glad pressures were normal, glaucoma is one of the first things I'd think about in a cocker. If the cloudy, billowy fluid is in the front part of the eye... I'd probably still be thinking about some kind of inflammatory process. It will be interesting to see what the ophtho says.
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The vet checked his BP though she told me systemic hypertension is more of a cat problem, it can sometimes be seen in dogs. I was worried about glaucoma..

I gave him his first steroid drops just now. I would be so freaking thrilled if the inflammation decreases and his eye is more normal and whatever is wrong is fixable...
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I have no advice to offer...

But lots of vibes for poor Moo!!!

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