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Is there anyway to find out if your dog has bad eyes? I really don't understand Larka sometimes. I can walk in the house and come out a different door, if she can't smell me or hear me she freaks out with barking and the hair standing on her hackels until I tell her it's me. Last year she was raceing around with her sister and ran head first into a tree and knocked herself out. I had to rush her into afterhours emerg. I always put it down as an accident but now Im starting to wonder if she just didn't see it!
This might also be a reason why she is shy of strangers when the other two are so out going. What do you think?
 

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To tell you the truth, I really don't know. I will have to come back to this. I look forward to what others on here have to say. Have you taken her to the vet to make sure there are no medical problems that you are not aware of?

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Originally Posted By: GSDTrainTo tell you the truth, I really don't know. I will have to come back to this. I look forward to what others on here have to say. Have you taken her to the vet to make sure there are no medical problems that you are not aware of?

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No I haven't, I was just mulling over a few things and started wondering.
I wonder if there is some kind of test they can do.
She seems fine in all other aspects and I had a blood panel done on her in March that showed nother out of the ordinary. But who thinks to look at a dogs eyes.
 

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You know Sandra I have been wondering the same thing.

Thorai seems to have problems recognizing people from a distance and not a very far distance. He barks at people he knows until they are close and then shrugs it off when he can tell who it is.

Can they have bad eyesight????????
 

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Originally Posted By: crabby
Originally Posted By: GSDTrainTo tell you the truth, I really don't know. I will have to come back to this. I look forward to what others on here have to say. Have you taken her to the vet to make sure there are no medical problems that you are not aware of?

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No I haven't, I was just mulling over a few things and started wondering.
I wonder if there is some kind of test they can do.
She seems fine in all other aspects and I had a blood panel done on her in March that showed nother out of the ordinary. But who thinks to look at a dogs eyes.
Did you take her to the vet when she ran into the tree to see about a head injury?
 

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Originally Posted By: Barb E.
Originally Posted By: crabby
Originally Posted By: GSDTrainTo tell you the truth, I really don't know. I will have to come back to this. I look forward to what others on here have to say. Have you taken her to the vet to make sure there are no medical problems that you are not aware of?

Good Luck!
No I haven't, I was just mulling over a few things and started wondering.
I wonder if there is some kind of test they can do.
She seems fine in all other aspects and I had a blood panel done on her in March that showed nother out of the ordinary. But who thinks to look at a dogs eyes.
Did you take her to the vet when she ran into the tree to see about a head injury?
You bet! I didn't realize what had happened at first. I was at the cottage and they were chasing each other around when I looked up I noticed Larka was just standing there and she was swaying side to side and I started walking to her and calling. She tried to take a few steps and coplased. I got to her and she was out. I couldn't see that she was breathing so I gave her artificial resperation. and pumped on her chest. I got her to start breathing and half carried and half dragged her up the hill to the van. By the time I got her there she was awake enough to assisst me in getting into the van. I just started driving, I'm in a very isolated area and I was heading into a dead area and it was after hours for the vet clinic so I took a chance and called and left a message hoping and praying someone would get it in time to meet me there.
I got there 15 mins later and Larka was laying down but picking her head up once in awhile. I got her out and was sitting at the door with her when the vet pulled in.
He examined her and didn't find anything wrong at the time. He was concerend that she migfht have had a seziere. (sp) Of course I didn't realize at the time that she had run into the tree. (It wasn't until the next morning when I retraced her tracks that I discovered what happened)
The vet told me to keep her quiet for a few days and if there were any other problems to bring her right back in. I did so and she seemed to be back to her old self in a couple of days. So that in my opion would be about right for a slight concusion.(had them myself in the past)
But the piont also remains that if she had SEEN the tree, would she have run into it? Or was it just an accident?
 

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Originally Posted By: crabbyIs there anyway to find out if your dog has bad eyes? I really don't understand Larka sometimes. I can walk in the house and come out a different door, if she can't smell me or hear me she freaks out with barking and the hair standing on her hackels until I tell her it's me. Last year she was raceing around with her sister and ran head first into a tree and knocked herself out. I had to rush her into afterhours emerg. I always put it down as an accident but now Im starting to wonder if she just didn't see it!
This might also be a reason why she is shy of strangers when the other two are so out going. What do you think?
I want to make a correction here. I reread what I wrote and noticed I said "Last year she was racing around a tree...."
That happened not last summer but the summer before in 2006. Where does the time go?
 

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Good question, I often wonder about Brenna as well. She also has a hard time recognizing people from far away. She's also walked into things and bumped her head I don't know how many times. I've always chalked it up to her anxieties because a lot of times it's happened because she's watching a person in the distance (she's scared of strangers) and gets so focused she can walk head first into a parked car, but she does seem to have an unusually high number of instances where she bumps her head into things.

If only there was an eye test for dogs. "Brenna? Can you read line 3 for me?" "woof woof woof woof"
 

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Originally Posted By: crabby.....Last year she was raceing around with her sister and ran head first into a tree and knocked herself out. I had to rush her into afterhours emerg. I always put it down as an accident but now Im starting to wonder if she just didn't see it! ......

Didn't really clue into this when I first read the thread.

A misaligned neck can cause quite a few visual problems. I had a head injury and I had all sorts of problems.

I would consider taking her to a K9 chiropractor.
 

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I spoke to the vet and she said that signs of visual impairment are bumping into things on a constant basis everyday, not just once in awhile.
I threw the cuz yesterday and she had no problem seeing it. Maybe becaue of the movement of the bounce. I'm not sure, but it's more the 'forgetfulness' of it that Im wondering about. I walk in one door and out another and she has a fit until I tell her it's me!
Vet said it sounds more like a behavioural problem and a vision problem.
 

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Can you get to a doggie eye specialist?
 

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Originally Posted By: LisaTI would say that those are signs of severe visual impairment.

I think that most dogs/humans can get along with some visual impairment, even quite dramatic, without bumping into things...
I have to agree with you. I'm lost without my glasses, but I don't 'bump' into things constantly.
 

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Originally Posted By: LJsMomCan you get to a doggie eye specialist?
She said that they would have to see Larka and then refer her to a eye specialist. First is a $45 visit charge and the eye DR is $140 and thats just to walk in the door. We are in the process of selling the house and I'm going to have to bite the bullet and try to pull the funds together if I can and take her. I wouldn't want her in a bad way in a new/strange place. That just wouldn't seem fair to add that stress to her.
But for now I'm going to have to wait until I can afford it.
I'm already putting out quite a bit for a senior cat that has just been diagnosed with the start of kidney desease. When I get his diet and meds straightened out and his shots of arthiritist taking effect then I might be able to take my poor Larka in.

But still, I'm wondering how many other people have a visualy impaired dog and what do you do to treat it?
 
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