Remi is our chocolate lab and our 1 year old daughter’s best friend. About two weeks ago we noticed that she was having trouble seeing where she was going. We really knew something was wrong when she quit playing fetch because she couldn’t find her tennis ball. We took her to the vet and he confirmed that she was almost completely blind. She wasn’t even 2 years old yet and in less than a week she became completely blind.
This had been very difficult for our whole family as we watched our energetic, always happy Remi become a terrified, scared little pup. She now spends her time hiding in the corner of the bathroom and moves only when we physically lead or carry her outside so she can relieve herself. She has lost a noticeable bit of weight. Her backbone is now protruding when just a couple weeks ago she was a stocky, muscle bound lab. Our 2 1/2 year old golden retriever, Trigger, is also struggling with the “loss” of his play pal.
The vet thought that it was a neurological issue where the optical nerves connect in the brain. I am seriously concerned that these symptoms will continue to progress and we will lose our sweet pup. Putting her down is not an option for us as she is a member of our family. She does not seem to be in pain but I also don’t think we would know if she was. She has a very high pain tolerance. In the past she has fractured her neck and the only way we found out was because we took her into the vet for a physical and ended up getting x-rays. This is why she can’t wear a neck collar and uses a harness.
We are kind of at a loss of what to do to help Remi at this point. I can’t just watch her whither away in a corner so I try to include her. I’ll put her on the couch with us or try to take her outside. She seems unsteady and wobbly when she takes a few steps. There are stairs to go outside in our house but she won’t go down them on her own. I would appreciate and suggestions or words of encouragement from others who have gone through this experience. I am worried that she isn’t adjusting and is just giving up.