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dog sudden blindness, incontinence

my australian terrier (20 pounds) is 5 years old, has suddenly gone blind (3 weeks ago. vet took tests, found nothing wrong with eyes, nothing wrong in blood wrok or urine except he thought the urine looked a little pale. she does not drink a lot of water, and the drinking seems about the same or less than previous to these conditions. she is certainly less active since going blind.

the incontinence has just started. we moved into a new house, and she has had a few problems before getting adjusted, so i dismissed the last few accidents. but this morning while starting to get up, she peed all over the bed! it was like a gush! she seemed like she didn't even notice it happened. so now when i think back, the last accident was when she was sitting, maybe just starting to move.

i wonder if i can apply the Remedy Finder to her, and if so, what are he recommended dosages for dogs?

thank you
  jujujoint on 2009-01-07
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
Sudden onset blindness, in dogs, has been associated with SARDS(an increased appetite is a symptom of this), Cushings Disease, epilepsy/seizures, low magnesium,brain tumor, hydrocephalus, liver disease,worming medicines(anything by Hartz is positive lethal), circulatory and bleeding problems in the brain,heart disease and hypoglycemia(sometimes caused by a tumor on the pancreas).

Some seizures are almost imperceptable, called petit-mal seizures, yet they can be taking place, sometimes 30-40 times a day. The pet is disorientated, may stare off into space,momentarily stagger, and may lose control of the bladder and bowels during or after an episode.

Another type of seizure is the grand-mal seizure, which is obvious when taking place. The pet stiffens, may howl, foam at the mouth, and the body may go into spasms. The pet is also disorientated after the seizure and also may lose control of the bowels and bladder during or after the seizure.

Sudden onset blindness associated with seizures are usually the result of grand-mal seizures where the brain becomes starved for oxygen during the episode and shuts down.Eye-sight has been known to return over time if the length of time the brain was starved of oxygen was not too long.

What causes seizures/epilepsy are multiple. Household cleaning products/sprays/air fresheners, carpet deoderizers,even formaldyhyde used to glue some furniture together. Other possibilites are outside allergens and toxins such as crop sprays,pesticides, lawn fertilizers, weed killer,etc, insect repellant,etc. Even food allergies(preservatives in pet foods, etc) These are known as reactive seizures. Some of these travel by air from yard to yard, so if one yard is sprayed, it can travel to another yard. The pet either may inhale it or gets it on his/her feet and ingests it by licking.

Seizures may also be linked to thydroid problems(hyperthyroidism) and vaccinations.They can also be brought on by tumors, blood clots, scar tissue, or from chemical imbalances such as low blood sugar(hypoglycemia) or nerve stimulating drugs. Tetanus toxin poisoning can result in a seizure.

Blood samples are a vital tool in determining whether chemical imbalances are the cause of a seizure. Blood sugar concentrations have to be regulated or it may impact the nervous system and a seizure could result. Also sodium, potassium, calcium and phosphorus all need to be present in the blood in an interrelated and coordinated fashion for healthy neurological and biochemical reactions to occur. If the vet finds an imbalance, that may determine what is the cause if it is found that your dog is indeed having seizures.

Also, even if the tests come back normal, there is such a thing as idiopathic epilepsy which means that seizures are taking place but the cause is unknown. Researchers have discovered in such instances there is a bundle of nerve cells in the brain that are not quite normal which set off a cascade of nerve firings that result in a seizure.

Seizures have also been traced to low magnesium.

First and foremost,it is imperative to find out whether or not your dog is actually having seizures now, and whether or not one of the above is the cause.

If the cause of the seizures are indeterminate, MSM(methylsulfonylmethane) as well as vitamin B6 have been found to be very helpful. So has giving 50 IU of vitamin E as crushing raw sunflower seeds(no shell), approx 1/4 cup for a small to medium-sized dog, and adding it to the pet food daily. Available at any health food store.MSM-500 mg three times a day.MSM increases nerve transmissions to the brain and has been known to stop seizures in their tracks. There is also a product called EQL by GoodHerb that is very helpful and has been known to stop symptoms of a pending seizure from resulting in a full-blown seizure. However, this does not substitute as a cure if the cause is hypoglycemia or any of the other diseases or blood imbalances mentioned.
orian last decade
thank you

all of this was reviewed by my dog's vet after the blood tests came back. everything looked good. he said there is no indication that she is having any seizures. her appetite is the same as before, she would eat more, but does not keep looking for food after it's gone. she's always been like that. he diagnosed her ad having SARDS, which only means they don't know what it is...
jujujoint last decade
From what you have described, there is every indication that your dog initially had a grand-mal seizure and may be having episodic petit-mal seizures.

Unless a seizure actually takes place in a vet's office,unless whatever is triggering the seizure happens during a vet visit, there's really no way a vet can say, 'No, your dog did not and is not having episodic seizures.' Especially with petit-mal seizures.

Consider trying the MSM and sunflower seeds(which contain vitamin E)and see if there is an improvement.If, over a period of several days, your dog regains control of her bladder, it's an almost-sure indication that episodic seizures were the cause(you did mention that your dog seemed to be unaware that she had wet the bed-this is usual behavior after a seizure).

Also,consider adding glyconutrients, Transfer Factor Plus, and phytonutrients(all should be available at any health food store) to your dog's food to help her recover and possibly regain her eyesight. With phytonutrients it's imperative that there is no chlorine in the water supply because they react badly together.
orian last decade
Question. When was your dog last vaccinated? Seizures and sudden blindness(as well as sudden death) are also associated with vaccinations/booster shots as well as flea dips/sprays/powders, and some other seemingly innocent veterinary procedures.This can occur anywhere from within hours of a vaccination/flea dip to several days/weeks/months afterward.
Because this, the symptoms are not associated with vaccinations/flea dips because of the time that has passed between the vaccination/flea dip and the symptomatic results of that vaccination/flea dip, but, nevertheless, the vaccination/flea dip was the cause.
orian last decade

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