Hello all, thank you so much for the support of this community.
My 7 year old basenji has been suffering from an unexplained weight gain since early in the year so by the advice of our vet, we put her on Prescription Diet Metabolic food. Unfortunately our girl continued to gain weight on the food. Our vet tested her for hypothyroid and cardiac issues but neither showed definitiveness. Her thyroid was slightly out of range but not enough to warrant medication. She did show elevated liver enzymes, triglycerides, reticulocytes, and other things but the vet felt no immediate action was warranted. The vet said we could test for cushing's should I wish to but as he felt she was not showing other cushingoid like symptoms, he thought the test was not likely to reveal anything and suggested we test her thyroid levels again in 6 months’ time.
The first week of Sept 2017, however, we noticed that our dog's sight had changed drastically in that it appeared she was unable to see up close at all. It appeared she may be able to see some movement from far away but we were unsure. We rushed her to an eye care clinic in western New York where she was diagnosed with SARDS on September 5, 2017. The vet ophthalmologist agreed to try our dog on prednisone for a week to see if any improvement is noticed and report back to her. If improvement is made, I anticipate the plan would be to keep her on prednisone but if no improvement is realized, the steroid discontinued and learn to adapt to living with a blind dog.
I can absolutely live and love my dog regardless of sight but my fear and my nagging gut feeling just kept me thinking that surely there must be an underlying reason for her to lose sight suddenly and have a weight issue that would not respond to diet. And if I did nothing, would additional, dire issues be sure to follow?
I have done nothing but research since this devastating turn of events and was able to find some information where, through an unorthodox method of treatment, a vet in California reported some success in restoring vision (in some cases) but keeping other underlying issues at bay. I have spoken and/or emailed with pet owners whose pets had done the treatment and felt it had been successful in their pets' overall health (even if it did not restore vision for some of their pets).
In doing my due diligence with having my girl's blood screened, ultrasounded, uninalysis, etc, the vet internist has informed me that my girl has regenerative anemia and suspects she also has Fanconi Syndrome since her resting and blood glucose levels range from low to normal but has protein in her urine.
I am left wondering if the sudden blindness is affiliated to Fanconi? The vet mentioned that treatment of bicarbonate sodium treatment can be damaging in and of itself? Can anyone offer any insight and/or first-hand experience?
I want to do the absolute best thing for my dog, don't want to cause her any harm and she seems to have so much working against her.
I have attached a snapshot of her most recent values should you wish to review/comment.
My heart is absolutely breaking! I would really appreciate any advice!
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