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I recently noticed something was different about my girl, Mea. Mea is a red doberman complete with ears and tail(just like the red doberman in the Header of this forum.
Form the day I got her at the Rescue, she had the most intense snake-like eyes. They were yellow and brown and captivated everyone who met her.
Just yesterday, I noticed that she suddenly looked like a puppy....her behavior seemed a bit off as well. Then it hit me, she no longer had those beautiful eyes. Actually, it appeared as though she had no pupils. She now has large black eyes. And under the right light, they do convey a bit of a haze(sometimes blue-ish).
She appears to be seeing ok, but I noticed that it appeared she was using her sense of smell to get around. Again, she's not running in to things, and she was never one to be coordinated with the ball, or catching for that matter.
I just don't know what to make of it.
I have left a message with the Vet but I have not heard back yet..so I thought I would search for the answer myself.
Can anyone help me understand? Have you had the same happen to your Dobey? Thanks! -Daniel
 

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If I were you I'd get a eye specialist to look at her.

They have equipement to dilate the eyes and look into the back at the retnia.

One of my dobes once had some wierdness. She had optic nureopathy. The optic nerve was swollen. Had I left it, she would have gone blind. Predisone was the treatment.

I have had blind dogs before. (different breeds and rescues) Because dogs have such a good sense of smell they are often not seen as a blind dog and many would never know it.

I'd hate to wait too long on this and then it is irreversible.

You definately need an eye specialist who has the tools and equipment to really look into the eye to see what's going on. I would not waste time. Time is critical.
 

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Yes, ditto--eye things are extremely time-sensitive. In fact, since this is the weekend (don't they always seem to schedule things for weekends and holidays?) I would get her in to an e-vet right away, then worry about getting your referral to a specialist, as needed.

Do you have pics of her eyes? Your thread title was a bit misleading--I thought this was a dog with a birth defect or enucleations.
 
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Large black eyes... do you mean they are fully dilated? The pupil is the dark part and the iris is the colored part. If you move your had toward her eye, does she blink? Regardless of the answers, this does seem very concerning. I'm not an expert but I don't think her eyes should be changing like that.
 

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In pondering this further, is there any way she could have gotten into something toxic?

Is she drooling? Staggering when walking? Any other symptoms?

When you shine a light into her eyes, do the pupils constrict?

I hope you're at the E-vet, let us know.
 

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Update?
 

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omg... Sounds like Primary Lens Luxation. is she 2-5 yrs old??

I had a litter of puppies with 3/5 affected by this genetic disorder. There was no DNA test prior to the time I bred the parents, but when the pups turned 4.5-5yrs their lenses began to luxate...if you get to an eye specialist pronto, they may be able to secure the lenses back in place and then give you a med to keep the pressure down and hold the lenses n place.

Here's a link to our ordeal...something our breed won't have to go through in the future now that there's a test & databases to identify carriers.

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Hi, do you have an update? That sounds like a scary situation. Hope you saw the vet and got some answers. Take care...
 

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Vet on Sat & Ophthalmologist yesterday(Monday). All tests on the eyes came back good....eyes, pupils all look normal. She looked behind the eyes but could only look so far and did not see any swelling. So she is suggesting an ERG to help determine if there is something going wrong with the brain sending the right signals to the nerves in the eyes.
I am also waiting on the blood test results to see if perhaps she has a thyroid problem.
Stay tuned. She is staying strong and so, so patient. Prayers please.
 

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UPDATE:Mea is doing much better. Her eyes seem to have stabilized. Both the Vet and Opth said that it appeared to be the beginning of SARDS, but I'm not convinced.
WE did discover that her Thyroid levels were very low and have since put her on Thyroxin.
She was a bit overweight, dry skin and easily tired. So the low Thyroid was not a surprise. They did say that her los of vision may have been impacted or compounded by the low thyroid and perhaps it was just her body giving signs of stress(i.e low thyroid).
She will be back at the Vet for blood tests to make sure her Thyroid levels are not too high, but normal and adjusted if need be. She will also have another follow-up appt at the Opth to re-check her eyes to see if anything has changed/worsened/improved.
 

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Thank you for the updates on your girl. I hope she has a very good outcome with just fixing the thyroid levels.
 
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