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Carol wrote:

We recently rescued an irish setter that we think has PRA. Our vet says his eyes are good but there are many signs that all is not well. We noticed this almost immediately after the rescue. How can we be sure?

Carole wrote:

I adopted my Nikki, an Australian Cattle dog when she was 5 months old. I fell in love with a little red dog NOT a pedigree. Because of her pedigree breeding she is blind at the age of 8 with PRA, cataracts and something eating away at the iris of her eyes. It breaks my heart because last year Nikki could catch a Frisbee like a champ and this year ehe walks into walls etc. Funny thing is that I love her more now.

Sarah wrote:

My husband and I inherited a year old black lab as a wedding present in 2001. She had gone through 2 homes before us and we decided to adopt her. She took to my husband instantly however, she despised me even being in the same room with her. My husband traveled frequently at the time which posed a problem between me and Sadie. I would just sit and watch her just to try to figure her out. I bought every toy for her under the sun to try to win her over. She would not play with anything except this one squeeker football. It all makes so much sense to me now. She could hear it. She loved it. We would bring her up North and couldn't get her and that dang ball out of the lake. Over the next two years, she eventually befriended me and I began to notice how clumsy she was becoming. She would trip over objects ie. bones, shoes, etc. I brought her in to a specialist and he dx her w/PRA. We were devistated imaging no more lake, no more chasing the ball. Now four years later, she is blind. I believe she can still see some type of contrasting color. Sadie still swims up North and in the bay w/her ball. Actually, she will beg us in the EARLY morning to be let out and has learned to trick us into letting her outside. Not even five minutes later she will be down on the shore and in the water. She will spend hours upon hours doing her own thing...letting her ball float out of reach and then attacking it. Over and over. She really is remarkable as far as her keen sense of smell and hearing. I scent a path throughout the house with vanilla along with the patio steps to the grass. I've taught her to 'use her nose' which she will put down to pick up the trail. She just wags her tail and runs along her vanilla path. She actually gets the purpose for this. This is weird but she got into smelling my hair which she seems to love (why I don't know) but it's really confirmation to her that I am me. Try it.;-) She is now learning turn right and left as commands- along with back up and careful. This helps with when she does lose her ball or anything else... such as even walking, biking or rollerblading. For example, 'left' around a corner. Honestly, she has to be one of the brightest dogs and no one will ever replace my Sadie. Communication without being overwhelming really is the key along with those obnoxious squeeker footballs. Oh yeah, I just recently found out ... she loves the kong treatball. Their noses are so sharp it drives them nuts. I'm open for any tips or ideas.

blodwin wrote:

when my cocker was 6mths old we were sent a letter off the breeder saying that he had pra.he was ok until he was about eight and a half years old and then we noticed him walking into things also he devoped cataracts swich made things worse.took him to the eye hospital tosee if we could have the cataracts taken off to try to help him but to no avail. we were advised not to breed from him because all the pups would be born blind.but we love him to bits. i hope that breeders serious ones and ones that do it for a hobby will consider dna screening before breeding

Amy wrote:

PRA is a devastating disease that is becoming more prevalent in Labradors. I would hope that hobby breeders and serious ones as well will consider DNA screening on potnetial mates before breeding. It may help to combat the rising numbers of labs that are getting this disease.

Another Vickie wrote:

Reading Mary's story about her blue heeler coping well with her loss of sight seems very similar to my own story about my little toy poodle who has been blind for about 18months now. The blindness was gradual which probably prepared her well before she couldn't see at all. She amazes people who havn't even realised she is blind. There is nothing she can't do as she had done before blindness. She uses her nose and front paws for investigating areas or touching objects before navigating around them. I even caught her chasing a cat (in the wrong direction however)It is a relief for us as we were devastated at the thought of how things would be after she went blind. Not any more ... she's as lovely as always.

peggy walston. of houma la wrote:

my puppie Gunner was only 4-months old hewas a happie go luckie dog with lots of energy. then all of a sudden one sat. he was totally different. he was just loungine arround. not play full at all then sunday he started passing blood like water and was to weak to walk or move. so i called the vet the told me i had to have 250.00 dollars then i could bring him in so i rounned up the money and went . to hear he had provo, witch you dont here alot about. and i was heart broken and depperesed then ,i called ever day for three day to here he was getting stronger,but still passing blood. then on the fourth day he was there i got a call at 8:00am tohere he passed away and i could not have his body to burrie him .and that really is killing me .why they cant give me his ashes.cause they said they had to burn him. and i did not like to hear that so can someone explaine to me why i cant have his ashes. and provo needs to be more takled about. thank you in memorie of GUNNER WALSTON A GREAT GUY AND WILL BE MISSED SO MUCH .

VICKI wrote:

LANCE, OUR 8ISH MIXED BREED WAS DIAGNOSED WITH PRA 1-1/2 YEARS AGO. HE TAKES GERIZYME DAILY AND HAD MANAGED TO KEEP THE INEVITABLE FROM HAPPENING.. UP TIL NOW, HE HAS RECENTLY BEEN UNABLE TO FOLLOW HIS BALL AT ALL, AND ACTUALLY ENJOYS THE 'HUNT'. WHAT IS DISTURBING IS HIS INCREASING SENSITIVITY TO SOUNDS. TYPICAL HOUSEHOLD NOISES: FRIG CLOSING, DISHES CLANGING, SEEM TO MAKE HIM VERY APPREHENSIVE. WE HAVE SET UP A 'DEN' FOR HIM UNDER OUR DESK. WE HAVE TRIED SETTING UP TREATS IN 'NOISY' AREAS TO COAX HIM OUT. ANY OTHER SUGGESTIONS? ps: LANCE PREFERS TO GO OUTSIDE (HE IS A HOUSE DOG) LATER AT NIGHT, WHEN THE STREETS ARE QUIET, THEN HE SEEMS TOTALLY COMFORTABLE IN HIS MAPPED AREA.

Bayleaf wrote:

Our Toy Poodle was diagnosed with PRA 3 years ago, recently she developed cataracts which made her totally blind. Our specialist vet said there was still a window of hope considering she had only developed the cataracts and was only 6 yrs old. We had surgery to remove one cataract, that was a week ago, we have had to administer 3 sets of eye drops x3 a day without missing. We have just noticed some sight may be evident and can hope for better shortly. I am aware there will be total blindness eventually, but still in the meantime we hope to buy her more time.

Karen wrote:

I just found out yesteray that my MinPin has PRA and well eventually lose his sight. He has night blindness already and the vet said he could lose it tomorrow or a year. I am completely devastated as he loves to play fetch, chase squirrels and cats and just look out the front window watching the world go by. Thank God for a support page with all the wonderful ideas. I'm glad I am not alone in this. My vet suggestedi give him Coenzyme 10 which is a vitamin. Has anyone heard of this as a possible treatment for PRA?

Mary wrote:

Hi to all PRA dog parents. My Blue healer recently lost her sight due possibly to PRA. Let us all know how the harnesses go as a walking aid - I got one from my vet or from a large pet accessory shop, and it is used in the car also, which can be something to consider if your dog is now less stable in the car or concerned. The aroma oils are working well on the dog door and on steps, or anywhere where they go in/out. I also have a plastic carpet runner up the hall and a soft pad in the kitchen entrance to aid location awareness. My biggest surprise however is how my dog has gone back to her routine, playing with a ball with a bell in it, tug of war with a rope and I even found her jumping/climbing up on the couch (a pre-PRA bad habit!). So yes, they are tougher than us. Good Luck to all with this new challenge.

Kim Parsons wrote:

My handsome Husky/Akita has gone completely blind possibly due to PRA, unfortunately the vet is not totally sure. I would really like to know where I can order a harnes for my dog so I may take him safely on walks. E-mail: Kimparsons@Hotmail.com Thank you.

Jane Gregory wrote:

Where can I get a harness for my dog, who has PRA, to "guide" him on walks?

Dave wrote:

Test in the PRA comments page.