"I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown,
for going out, I found, was really going in" ~John Muir
Duke is blind?!! Our evening chores last night were normal, we played ball and he ran around like crazy while I fed and filled waters, he was fine. After dinner and coming inside about an hour and half later I noticed his pupil were huge and he was scared. Monkey and I shined a flashlight into his eyes didn't get a reaction, nothing. He was jello legged and hesitant to walk, choosing to crawl towards my voice instead. He can't see a thing...
This morning his vision is not any better. He did go out with me for morning chores but stuck close to Jack and me, actually bumping into us and everything. His pupils are still gigantic but appear they may be slightly smaller as I type this. Vet opens at 8 and i'll be calling.
Have you ever had an animal suddenly go blind?
I spoke with a good friend and our Vet who helped me piece it together. I wormed Chancie yesterday with Ivermectin and Duke obviously ate some. Either via poo or a drop on the ground. Ivermectin is extremely toxic for dogs and causes immediate or sudden blindness. Thankfully it is temporary and he will be back to running the trails within a week. I'm feeling incredibly grateful and relieved! Thank you God...
For those who use Ivermectin for horses or chickens, please keep this in mind next time you worm. I am pretty sure he was exposed via droppings so even though it passes through the horses system it is still potent enough to cause this reaction.
sweet!! life is good.ReplyDelete
Wow, I've never heard of such a thing... so thankful for a treatment! I love that shot of the swing in the tree, reminds me of the one that hung in a giant cherry tree in our farmyard as a kid... Thank you for coming by to share on Rurality Blog Hop #37!ReplyDelete
Love the pics..lOVE LOVE LOVE em.. I feel like I am there. LOVED ... and who knew on the treatment thing. WOW.. Learn something every day .. I hope that your all doing well. I know I love it when you check in on your blog my sweet friend. Have a blessed week sister .. HUGS and TOODLE PIPReplyDelete
Aw thanks Sherry I love when you visit too :) you are always so sweet and I enjoy reading your kind words.Delete
Wow yes I have heard that before . I hope he is better soon.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the reminder as our dogs sometimes get into the horse poop (chomp) and I forget it ca be passed that way too. SO glad he is going to be okay. Scary.
Thanks Willow, I was worried the brown dog who seems to be in everything these days would get into the trash so I didn't throw the tube away but instead put it back in the box high on a shelf until trash day. I knew it was toxic but never heard of it causing this and didn't think it would be an issue after being metabolized by Chancie but I now know ... scary for sure. Poor guy still cannot see anything but maybe a shadow.Delete
Oh wow th at is scary. I use ivermectin in my horses too...will have to make sure my dog doesn't get it!ReplyDelete
Yes Lisa for sure. I knew it was bad for them but had no idea that it would be so toxic in their poop. Thought if it was metabolized first it was okay or not strong enough to cause toxicity.Delete
Glad you found out what it was -- that would scare me too!ReplyDelete
Me too Nancy :) Thanks for visiting!Delete
Jen- The photography is incredible and I love the community you have created here. So glad Duke is ok. wow what an incident!ReplyDelete
Thanks K, It was very scary to see him like! So thankful he is feeling much better today... phew. Looking forward to seeing you soon XODelete
I hope he gets better soon. Poor Duke. How scary!ReplyDelete
Oh I am so sorry to read that and then you had good news at the end I have heard of that years ago and I guess now I know it to be true. It is good to get that out to others. I do hope Dukes eyes improve quickly. I LOVE your photos. BReplyDelete
Hi B, welcome and thanks for visiting me! It was shocking and I really had to idea the stool would be so toxic after passing through the horse. Apparently certain breeds (cattle, collies, shepherds or any herd doggie) are highly sensitive to the toxin, Dukie Pie is a shepherd heeler mixDelete
Love the photos! Sorry to hear about your pooch...hope he is back to normal soon!ReplyDelete
Thanks Lisa and thanks for visiting. He is already seeing a bit better today :)Delete
Beautiful photo ops. I would love to visit you.ReplyDelete
Hi Rebecca, Welcome and thanks for visiting me! I hope you'll stop back by. Have a great day!Delete
Great shots but I can't imagine how scared you were. I'm so glad to hear that Duke is better and that you know what happened.ReplyDelete
Hi Betty, Welcome! Omgosh it was super scary and I am feeling so relieved and thankful he will get his sight back.Delete
So glad it wasn't a worse problem with Duke. I seem to recall that about ivermectin, also about Duke and his culinary habits! Whew. At least you know what happened and how to take precautions.ReplyDelete
YES thanks Leigh, I know he hasn't got anything on Jack but does go after the animal poo? so weird, super gross and yet both dogs LOVE it. Next time i'll be picking up the toxic poop and putting somewhere they cannot get to it... ughDelete
Great shots. I am glad you were able to quickly establish what had happened to Duke.Would have been very scary.ReplyDelete
Thanks Linley, welcome and thanks for swinging by. Duke is feeling a bit better today, thankfully :)Delete
What a fright ! Poor Duke ...am happy to hear that it will only be temporary.And you still managed to show us some wonderful pictures!ReplyDelete
Glad he will be okay!ReplyDelete
Oh no! I didn't know that about Ivermectin. I know it's widely used with chickens although I haven't used it yet. So glad you made me aware of this because our dog Duchess lives with the chickens! It would be so scary to go through this, but I'm glad Duke will be ok!ReplyDelete
So scary! Glad there's no lasting effects. I go round and round about the best way to de-worm. I've never used Ivermectin and after your experience it's getting crossed off my list of possibilities! Get well soon, Duke! Oh, and great pics BTW!ReplyDelete
Oh how scary, and thank thank goodness your sweet pooch is okay!ReplyDelete