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Old 01-24-2010, 10:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Other Dogs with Pannus (Eye Disease)

My german shepherd was diagnosed with pannus about 6 months ago. I was wondering if any other dogs that you have or know have been diagnosed with pannus. If so, how are your dogs doing with the drops and how are the progressing?

Here's speedy's story:

I first noticed both his eyes in both of the corners were extremely red. At first, I ignored it thinking it was allergies. But then I noticed, it was getting worse and seemed to be getting inflamed. That's when I decided to take him to the vet. The vet told me that she thought he had an eye disease called pannus, but this was the earliest stage that she's ever seen it. She went and did some research and confirmed that he did have pannus. She told me that most dogs with this disease go blind first and then when they are brought in, they are determined to have this disease.
When he was first diagnosed, I had to put two different eye drops in his eyes 4 times a day. Now, we are down to only two times a day! I'm surprised he gets so excited when it comes to putting the drops in his eyes. The only reason he gets excited is because he knows he's going to get a treat afterwards. His eyes are doing much better! Neither of his eyes are inflamed any more in the corners. One eye in the corner is still red, but not as bad as it used to be. I am still worried about blindness as an outcome, but I am relieved that his eyes seem to be doing much better. I'm hoping the drops work for the rest of his life and he keeps his eye sight.
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Old 01-24-2010, 11:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear about your doggies diagnosis.
I think there is someone on the board that their dog does have this, I am sure they will reply soon.

Hang in there.
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Old 01-24-2010, 11:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Skye has pannus. She is 6 1/2 years old and was diagnosed three years ago. Like your dog, Skye originally had two meds, but one is short term.

I get her medication in ointment form, since I have no problem putting that in. She uses Optimune cyclosporine, but there are several different types.

At this point, once a day seems to work for Skye unless it is extremely bright or there is a lot of snow outside. Skye likes to watch out the window while I am at work and the light does make her pannus flare up. I can always tell and bump the med back to 2X a day if needed.

There should be no issue with blindness as long as the medication is continued.

Like Speedy, Skye is fine with getting her med in her eyes - she even tilts her head for me. She then goes straight over to the cupboard for her treat. Smart dogs.

I was thrown by this diagnosis at first, but of all the things they could have, this is very easy to control.

There are several of us on the board dealing with this.

At the top of this page there is a post for "health - collective wisdom' that may be of interest to you.

Good luck to Speedy
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Nico's breeder has a female GSD that she used to show until she developed pannus several years ago. I think her sight has also been preserved with regular medications. She's a lovely all-black dog, really did well in the show ring, so Heather was pretty disappointed about it. But at least Lady is comfortable and happy. You can see her on the breeder's website http://www.sequoiashepherds.com.

Such a sweet girl, I think she's getting up there in years now.
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Speedy is on neomycin and the cyclosporin drops. They took him off of the cyclosporin for a while, but then they put him back on it again. I'll look at the sites! I laughed when I read that your dog runs over to the cupboard afterwards. Speedy always runs to the refridgerator and jumps up and down looking at the top where I keep the dog treats.
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I hope I didn't double post a topic already in existence then. I just saw the board with an already existing pannus discussion. Sorry about that. Hopefully I'll learn some more from the other discussion board. Thanks for letting me know about that one.
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i had a male with pannus RIP.............

we noticed it when he was about years old......his eyes showed cloudiness kinda of an opaque film over them in the beginning stage.

Pannus can be managed with eye meds for the life of the dog............you can preserve most of the eye sight using the eye meds and avoid inviromental factors such as bright sunlight, etc.

my advice to you would be to go to an eye specialist...most regular vets do not have the expertise to deal with Pannus. the ete specilists have their own eye meds that best fit the individual...........

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Old 01-25-2010, 04:58 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It's fine that you posted here. The other link is a 'sticky' so people can look at it to get information. Your dog was just diagnosed and you needed new info.

If this discussion brings any new info to the front, the mods may merge it with the other one.

I agree with DebbieG that you should consult an specialist. They have the most up to date information. Skye's specialistis more than happy to fax her updates to our regular vet.


Note to DebbieG - I am so sorry. I didn't realize you had lost your dog with pannus. My sympathies to you.
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Old 01-25-2010, 05:08 PM   #9 (permalink)
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yes, i did just have to PTS my Pannus dog a little over a week ago.he was 14 (Toby) the light of my life...........Very Very Hard.....

But, as far as the Pannus goes, he did fine with it from the age of 4 to 14........as long as we kept up with any changes and used the meds on a regular basis.its was under control.....also used the Doggles when he was out in the sun for long periods...........he was a pretty good sport about it......RIP...my special boy......
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With Max, he is managed with a combination of tacrolimus (cyclosporine ointment makes his eyes sting) and doxycycline (an antibiotic for tick issues). It took some fiddling to get the meds right.

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