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Well this is an unfortunate first post. We got our little guy yesterday and so far he has been absolutely a joy. Perhaps a little timid, but shoot it is a big world he just found out about right?

As required from the breeder we took him to a vet within 72 hours and while she was looking into his eyes she did a triple take and said, "uhm did the breeder certify his eyes? because he has juvenile cataracts." After talking with her for a short time we learned quite a bit.

This affects less than 10% of gsd
it is NOT something she expects to find during a 8-9 week old wellness exam
it is more common in pure breeds
and she recommends we take him to a specialist (she recommended 2)

so please! thoughts, opinions, experiences, input, anything. we called the breeder and he said he was at a loss for words and was calling his vet to learn more about this. he seemed genuinely concerned and upset
 

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While not a GSD, Shadow, my lab was diagnosed with cataracts by the owners vet. When we got her, took her in for her first exam with Dr B, she sent us immediately to an opthamologist. It ended up being a genetic issue Labs are known to have. Long story short, she lost that eye.

I am NOT telling you this to scare you that the same thing may happen to your pup. Just as a caution not to accept the first diagnosis until you see the specialist.
 

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Thanks twyla

The breeders were not able to get in touch with their vet, but are going to try again tomorrow. Tried calling the nearest opthomologist that has outstanding reviews but they are closed for the evening.

Best case scenario I think we get into the specialist and it is either a misdiagnosis or dissolving cataracts.

Unfortunately we may not be able to keep him if this turns out to be a fast acting blindness or something that requires expensive surgery. The breeder agreed to extend the return policy pending the result of a specialists opinion.

Is it too much to expect them to at least split the cost of the diagnosis? This place is almost 2 hours away and will cost at least 150 i think.

I would still love to hear anyone opinions, words of encouragement, or experiences. While this could wind up being a tiny hiccup in first dog it is causing us quite a bit of distress.
 

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think my biggest concern would be if this turns out to not be a misdiagnosis and you return him, what will the breeder do with him?
 

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$150 is what the consultation cost for Shadow.

As for splitting the cost, you would need to look at your contract. I believe the standard is replacement (don't quote me on that, just a guess). Although, it doesn't hurt to ask, since getting a definite diagnosis of this can only benefit your breeder.
 

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if it is a misdiagnosis we will be overwhelmed with joy and keep him assuming it is not something equally as bad or worse. I would expect them to pay for the proper surgery and keep him as their personal pet honestly.

I think I will ask them tomorrow about splitting the cost.

Fingers crossed that this turns out to be nothing, as you all know from experience we have already bonded so much with this little bugger.
 

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I am no expert, but most Juvenile cataracts only have mild effect on vision. The kinds that have greater effect can be treated with eye drops or surgery. And have generally very good outcomes.

So while this stinks, please know that it is not a death sentence or a prediction if a horrible life.

I woul go to an Opthalmologist and have the diagnosis confirmed and talk options. If it is cataracts, maybe the breeder would be willing to pay for/help with treatment if needed.

I don't know what you intended for your puppy, work, breeding, competition, pet. So that may play into your decision.

I wish you luck and your puppy health. I can't imagine the turmoil you are feeling right now. The poor puppy.


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gsdsar thank you so much for your kind words, please everyone keep them coming it truly helps.

yes from what research we have done (isn't google an amazing tool) there are 5-6 outcomes and only one of them involves surgery. we are trying to stay optimistic. If it comes down to it I hope the breeder would be willing to help with surgery. For them to stand behind their work that much would earn them extreme kudos I believe.

Our vet said that it is not affecting his vision right now, which is wonderful news. he is off passed out in the kitchen right now.

We really just wanted a companion dog mostly. I have done some SAR stuff in the past and would like to maybe get into the K9SAR stuff but that is just a thought. Companion/squirrel chaser/ and barking at things that go bump in the night is all we expect of him really.
 

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My Aussie had cataract surgery last June. She was 11, so I don't really have any advice about the juvenile cataracts. The surgery is expensive but has a 95% success rate. I understand that surgery may not be an option and to be totally honest with you, if it were me and they turned out to be cataracts I would return the puppy. (I'm going through some pretty devastating health problems with a 2 year old GSD right now, I would rather return a puppy before I'm totally attached than have to go through health issues with them.) If you want any info regarding cataract surgery I would be happy to share what I went through with my Aussie.
 

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just wanted to say thanks again to everyone for your kind words. god we hope this is just a bunch of fuss over nothing and we just need some stupid eye drops or something
 

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contacted an opthomologist this morning and fortunately there is an opening tomorrow at :15 because someone did a last minute cancel. the alternative was scheduling weeks down the road.

so off we go first thing in the morning. the exam will be 125 plus any other tests to prove diagnosis

The receptionist was amazing. I was kind of getting choked up on the phone and she was completely understanding and more helpful than any human doctors office has ever been.
 
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