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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-29-2015, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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Nara has something wrong with her left eye. Cataracts? Something else?

She has a vet appointment scheduled for Friday, but in the meantime I'd like to figure out what, if any, eye problems GSDs are prone to get? Her left eye has white/clear-ish bumps on the eyeball that seem raised up. At certain angles, in certain lighting, her left eye looks "milkier" than her right eye, which is why I'm thinking it might be a cataract. I've read that Siberian Huskies are prone to get cataracts, but I've never read about GSDs getting them. If it is not a cataract, what other eye problem might it be? We don't have any up close pictures of her left eye, otherwise I'd post some.

Nara is my first dog, so she's the oldest, and it seems that I will be running into all of the elderly problems with her first. She has been super healthy her whole life. She is only 7.5 years old, and I didn't think problems like this would be happening so early in her life. She seems to act normal and see fine, but I'm sure she might be using her hearing and smell to make up for potential lack of sight on her left side. Not sure though. She is eating and drinking just as always. No changes. She has always had problems with eye goobers in both eyes that turn hard and then run down her face with long boogie-like strands attaching them to her eyes. I've posted on here about the goobers and have tried everyone's suggestions. I've also tried to see if they were linked to food allergies and tried various elimination diets to track down the source, but it turned up nothing.

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Thanks! I just went and looked at google images of dogs with Pannus. Sad that 90% of the dog pics were GSDs. Read about it on Wikipedia and it says GSDs are the breed most affected by it. It definitely looks and sounds like what Nara has. I searched this site for threads discussing Pannus and will show the holistic vet all of the treatments prescribed to dogs on this forum. I will also ask about a dog opthamologist in the Boise area. Finally, since Nara spends a lot of time outdoors with me and our family and our other dogs, and since I've been wanting to buy Doggles for the dogs anyways, now we might finally have a solid reason/excuse to get her some pink ones! Ha. Doggles are recommended for dogs with Pannus who are outside in the UV rays a lot. I take Nara running and/or bikejoring for 5 miles a day. I can't stop her exercise due to Pannus, so Doggles it will be!



I'm not really sure what altitude has to do with Pannus, as I'm still reading about it, but we were at 10 feet elevation in Hampton, VA, 50 feet in Portland, OR, and are now at 3,146 feet in Idaho. Would that have something to do with it suddenly appearing within the last days/weeks? Or would it be her age? Or a combination both? It seems like others who have posted about it have had high success with the treatments prescribed, so I am optimistic for my big girl! I can't have her going blind on me. I love her too much!!

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I don't have personal experience but I believe it has something to do with autoimmune??
I think eye drops are the cure.
Doggles! Good luck! I could never get mine to wear them!
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I had a dog w/ Pannus, it really wasn't that much of an issue, drops every day and a yearly check up w/ an eye spec. He never went blind.

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Vet appointment is today. I'm super optimistic that this is Pannus, it's treatable/curable, and Nara will not lose her vision. Fingers crossed. I will update everyone when we return from the Vet.

Wanted to add: should I be worried about Kaze, since he is also a GSD at this high elevation? Doggles for him too? On Wikipedia it also lists Siberians as a breed that are prone to Pannus. I already mentioned about Sibes being prone for cataracts, so maybe Doggles for all 4? Do they have to wear them anytime/everytime they are outside in the sun? I will talk to the vet about this too. Just wondering what everyone else does who have dogs with Pannus.

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Pannus is not curable. Lifetime of cyclosporine drops. Raised bumps, I don't think are a symptom of pannus. It could be calcium deposits.

You're going to holistic vet?

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Pannus is not curable. Lifetime of cyclosporine drops. Raised bumps, I don't think are a symptom of pannus. It could be calcium deposits.

You're going to holistic vet?
Yup, holistic vet in Boise today at 1245. I'll see if they can help me figure it out or refer us to a reputable dog opthamologist.
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Pannus is not curable. Lifetime of cyclosporine drops. Raised bumps, I don't think are a symptom of pannus. It could be calcium deposits.

You're going to holistic vet?
Our Zoe had calcium deposits with no pannus. Hers was there as a pup, but has since cleared up. Its been years since seeing the specialist, I thought they said with the deposits the eye was more susceptible to tearing the lens??
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So we're back from the vet with an update. The vet tested Nara's eye for ulcers and that came back negative. She narrowed it down to Pannus and gave us Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfates and Dexamethasone Ophthalmic Ointment. She recommended that I put the antibiotic ointment into both eyes to start daily, with the left (effected) eye twice a day. She said it would take about 3 weeks to see results. She said Nara would require treatment for the rest of her life, and to try to limit her from being outside in the sun. I mentioned the Doggles, and she agreed, as I explained that we do a lot of outdoor activities with all the dogs in the sun. Pink Doggles (pic) posted above already on order and will arrive Tuesday via Amazon Prime. We will certainly get pics posted as soon as Nara lets us! Ha. We can't wait!! I also asked about Nara's constant eye goobers, and she said Nara's reddened eyes were a sign of allergies. She said the ointment for Pannus should help clear up her eye goobers thanks to the antibiotics in it. She said this ointment should help with both eye problems, and if the Pannus doesn't improve, then we would utilize some other options. I asked about the raised bumps on Nara's eyes, and she said this is something she's only ever seen in GSDs, so she was familiar with it and said they will diminish over time with the treatment, but may never go away completely. At least Nara can see and will continue to see into old age. She said Nara's sight will be affected over time due to Pannus no matter how much we stabilize it and decrease its affect on her, but that we shouldn't worry about it until Nara is an old gal.

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