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Question SARDS

I am going through the worst exp. with my Sam who has recently gone blind from SARDS. Hard to find any help or support. Is there anyone that can give some suggestions?
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What is SARDS?
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Here is some info on SARDS. Never heard of it either.

http://www.sardsresearch.org/

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Here's a link to a new treatment as of last year. http://caninecushings.net/forums/showthread.php?p=36766

epfrantz, I'm sorry your pup Sam has to go through this. Was it sudden, like the articles state? Does Sam do okay in his/her familiar surroundings?

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Thank you! I knew something was going on but he tested pos. to erlichia and lyme which was only a red herring to the real problem, the onset of Sards. The symptoms started as early as the first week in Feb.2008. He went completely blind the middle of June. This is devastating!!! He is adjusting very slowly but he recently saw a friend of mine and she marveled at how well he is doing. (was his first trip back to the beach) The only book I could find is Living with A Blind dog (on line) I am practicing some techniques. I actually need to find a pad for his poor nose but learning step up and step down commands is coming along. thanks again
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thank you very much, i had not seen this website.
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Sudden aquired retinal deteroration....basically the cells in the retna die, thank you for your response
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sorry correction, sudden aquired retinal degeneration
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I'm so sorry your little one has this. This is the first I hear of it. I wish I could be of more help but please know that you have our support here.

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I've never heard of Sards before,and I bet you hadn't heard of it either! I'm so sorry your dog has been diagnosed with this awful disease. It must be very difficult for both of you to adjust to a new life. Recently I saw a show "Dog Whisperer" with Cesar Milan. In that show he was asked for help for a ladies little blind dog. He seemed to have really helped that dog. I wish I could remember more of it,but I had alot of interruptions that evening. Perhaps you could go to Cesar's website and check for a date of re-run or perhaps on Animal Planet? I wish I had some advice to offer,but I don't have any. Know in advance however,we are all here to support you and your dog any way we can. Please keep us updated on his condition/how he is adjusting.

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