Hi all - I've not been on here for a while - not since the food aggression issue which has almost resolved with some time and patience !! However since we had Buddy we have noticed that he moves his head very strangely when he is sat looking/listening - many people have commented on his head cocking as he looks quite cute when he does it - a bit like when a dog turns their head for a strange sound - its a bit hard to explain - anyway we have wondered if he can see ok as he looks like he is trying to focus sometimes - after collecting him from the groomers yesterday she also commented in his eye sight - so even though he appears very happy and healthy we took him to the vet. The vet felt that there was definately an issue with his eyesight and that he was not seeing as he should - it appears that one eye in particular is problematic - it doesn't look cloudy and the vet said that there were no outward signs of abnormality or injury and that we would need referral to a specialist for further investigation.
However she discouraged this really - she felt that as Buddy seems otherwise healthy and is coping well in general then there really wasn't a need to investigate further unless things got worse. I'm not sure though I'd like to know what the problem is but then I don't want to put him through lots of unnecessary testing and stress - his parents were GPRA tested clear - I think he's had this problem from the day we had him - I've always noticed the unusual head movement and even now as he is growing up he's ten months - he won't attempt going down any stairs - so its either something he was born with or maybe he had some damage to the eye in early puppyhood ?? We do have a cat who annoys but we do monitor him with this and also other big dogs but I honestly do not think anything has happened to him while we've had him - in fact my friend asked if he had a problem with eyesight on he day we got him??
Sorry for the long comment - its half five in the morning and I can't sleep for thinking about it - some advice when you all wake up
would be greatly appreciated - any ideas what it might be and what you think we should do in terms of further tests etc - he is insured - the vet says if it turns out to be congenital they might not pay as it's a prexisting condition - but Im not sure about that as we didn't know he had anything wrong with him nor did anybody else at the point of insuring him - thanks all