SARDS research – update

Dear blind dog community – I wanted to share some of our work that is starting to guide what we do with our patients. First – a little introduction: My name is Dr. Freya Mowat, and I am an Assistant Professor at NC State University in Raleigh, NC. I am a veterinarian, ophthalmologist and scientist, […]


My dog just turned 12 in September. I have had her since she was 8 weeks old. When she was 7 (2013) her left eye was often inflamed and gunky. I took her to the vet they said it was allergies and I believed them. Slowly it got worse and worse, but still just her […]

SARDS Research

Hello everyone, my name is Vanessa Parslow and I am an undergraduate pre-veterinary student. I am an undergraduate researcher at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. Our team is researching the underlying causes of SARDS (Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome) in canines. We are hoping to find the cause of this disease in order […]

Fern, new to being blind

Hello all. Nice to be here with other blind dob mamas and papas. My 10 yo small mutt: maybe poodle, terrior, lassa, who knows: 14 lbs. One eye was blind, the other suddenly overnight detached retina, so now totally blind. Doing well adjusting, since mid July. Hoping for a way to wear something that beeps, […]

My gorgeus blind friend

Hi, my name is Agnes and I adopted charming dog named Janus.He is blind. I only know that in the past he had a normal vision. When he lost his vision in both eyes his owner banned or abandoned him.Why did somebody do it ? Blind dogs are like a special friends, they love you […]

12 year old Shih Tzu Blind/PRD/SARDS

Our sweeet little almost 12 year-old Shih Tzu went blind about 5 weeks ago. The eye specialist diagnosed it as Progressive Retinal Disease with some SARDS mixed in?? He has not had any major symptoms i.e. excessive water consumption or drooling. He has gained weight, but mainly because he no longer likes to go out […]

My Timothy My heart

I was told yesterday that Timothy is blind because of diabetes. I am so devastated and sad and scared. He is staying very close to me now.. I have read do not pamper them, but well else can I do. He is lying between my feet right now. He knows how to get around the […]


We’ve just been to the eye specialist who recommended that our little Maggie have both eyes removed. My wife and I are devastated. The last few days have been very difficult for us. I stumbled upon this site in hopes of getting some strength from the common experiences of other dog owners. I will visit […]

Dogs eyesight saved

I just finished reading so many post and they are heartbreaking , my 8 year old puggle went through the same thing. Diabetic Ketoacidosis acidosis and pancreatitis, almost lost him. Came through then got cataracts and went blind 2 months later. We had cataracts removed he could see perfectly but then 2 weeks later developed […]