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Dog Blind from Optis Neuritis

by Linda R.
(Ft. Wayne, IN)

I sold a Lhasa apso puppy female that has gone blind from optis neurits (not sure about GME yet). I don't have a picture of her eyes as she is still living with her owners.

I took her to a vet in Indy. Has been on pred for 2 wks now. No change yet. I only did a parvo distemper booster @ 9 wks.

She turned 6 months old on Jan 22 2013. The vet they go to gave her a rabies shot, also booster at the same time. I think she was going blind before that. The other 5 pups are fine.

She is bloated from pred, I feel so bad for her & owners, as I care about the health of my dogs. What can we do that's natural?

I take her for a recheck tomorrow and will obtain blood work results then.

Thank you, Linda

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Feb 05, 2013
My Online Vet Response for: Dog Blind from Optic Neuritis
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Linda,

Treating such a young patient with homeopathic remedies is tough, since they have few characteristic symptoms.

From the 'timeline' of this pup's short life, she was born in July 2012, vaccinated with distemper/parvo at 9 weeks old, (September). Apparently she was normal and visual at this time?

In the intervening months October, November and December, she gradually developed blindness. Since the other 5 pups are normal, it would seem there is no hereditary factor, (or very low chance of inherited problem) therefore, I would blame the vaccination. And now in January, she has been vaccinated AGAIN! (with Rabies and a distemper/Parvo booster!) Not sure why the veterinarian would vaccinate a BLIND puppy that has been on steroids for the past 2 weeks. She obviously is NOT healthy. (In every box of vaccine is an insert that says, 'To be administered to healthy animals ONLY.')

Repertorizing her symptoms that are present:

1. Blindness, due to paralysis of optic nerve

2. Inflammation of optic nerve

3. Adverse effects after vaccination
The TOP (chronic) Homeopathy for dog care: Could it be an Option for Your Dog? are Belladonna, Phosphorus, Arsenicum, Mercurius, Silicea, Sulphur and Thuya.

Each of these remedies fits a particular constitution. As I have no specific information about this little girl's personality, habits, or other traits, I am unable to tell you which remedy would help her.

Seek the help of a holistic veterinarian that can 'take the case'. Once the appropriate remedy is chosen, then the cortisone can be weaned off.

Also, NO MORE vaccinations!!

She should be fed a Raw diet. See our page on 10 Best Dog Food Options

I also advise a blood panel to have her liver enzymes checked. A side effect of cortisone is increased liver enzymes. She should be on milk thistle, 8mg per lb TWO times daily to provide liver support while she is on the cortisone.

Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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