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Old 10-06-2012, 05:46 AM
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Unhappy Eye Problems !! Need Advice Please

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
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:14 AM
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If it were me in that position, I would need to know exactly what the problem was. Otherwise I would constantly worry about it. Its up to yourself whether you can cope with not knowing.

Only an eye specialist could tell you for sure but that would involve testing. You would know for sure what you were dealing with then and if any treatment would/could be done.

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Old 10-06-2012, 08:49 AM
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I agree with Rosie I would want to know what it is, if anything, and if there is a real problem there may be some treatment or procedure that can be done to rectify it.
As for the insurance have a good look at your policy, if it's an undetected problem you may still be covered!
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:41 PM
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Im not trying to scare you Steph but I need to be honest in my own opinion - from reading your thread and how you describe his head movements and the way his eyes are, my first initial thought was Hydrocephalus - here is a link and read the third paragraph about head tilting ...............

http://voices.yahoo.com/hydrocephalu...16.html?cat=53

and here is a picture of an apso who belongs to a past member in the states - this little baby is called Flower and Im sure she wouldnt mind my showing this if only to help others ..................


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Old 10-06-2012, 10:44 PM
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Steph, answered - and how are things now hun xx
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:47 PM
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Think I would want it checked out. So hope your little guy is ok. X
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:35 AM
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Hi all Sorry didn't reply sooner had a busy afternoon yesterday

Thanks for the replies - Bunch I had a read but I don't think that's what he has ?? He's very clever with a steady temperament with none of the other symtoms other than the head tilting ?? Would the vet have not noticed if it had been that ?? I'm not sure. Here's a pic of him -

http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/...ED2C352580.jpg

I'm worried sick to be honest - I can't bear thr thought of anything happening to him - it's ironic because it took me two years to find a reputable breeder who health tested and bred for type and temperament - I'm dreading ringing her but I suppose I really need to let her know.

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Old 10-07-2012, 09:43 AM
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Hi all Sorry didn't reply sooner had a busy afternoon yesterday

Thanks for the replies - Bunch I had a read but I don't think that's what he has ?? He's very clever with a steady temperament with none of the other symtoms other than the head tilting ?? Would the vet have not noticed if it had been that ?? I'm not sure. Here's a pic of him -

http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/...ED2C352580.jpg

I'm worried sick to be honest - I can't bear thr thought of anything happening to him - it's ironic because it took me two years to find a reputable breeder who health tested and bred for type and temperament - I'm dreading ringing her but I suppose I really need to let her know.

Thanks Steph
He is lovely Steph and like a teddy bear I hope it isnt what I suggested - obviously but Im baffled vets can only confirm this via tests and its not always that obvious from the 'eye' but lets hope it isnt. I would most certainly ring the breeder - any breeder who is genuine, respectable and cares would rather you ring rather than not. Good luck and let me know how you get on - Lia xxx
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He is gorgeous. I hope his eye problem is resolved soon and its nothing serious. xx
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:31 PM
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I do not understand why your vet would discourage you from seeing an eye specialist? I would get an appoinment straight away and then you will at least know what is going on. Buddy will be fine having his eyes looked at, it really shouldnt stress him out. For buddys health and your own peace of mind i would do this.
Loved the picture of Buddy he is a gorgeous boy
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