This dog was extremely responsive to dietary therapy. It is difficult to know how to comment on the diagnosis of progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) in this case. There are occasionally reports in which practitioners have difficulty distinguishing between PRA and SARDS. Perhaps this was one. The events below suggest that removing suspected dietary irritants returned hormone activity to normal and the retina was spared. Again, this dog was extremely responsive.
– Caroline Levin
Our dog Spike began to show the symptoms of Cushing’s disease late last fall. The subsequent tests were negative, but the symptoms increased and persisted. In February of this year, he lost his sight. Our canine ophthalmologist veterinarian diagnosed Peripheral Retinal Atrophy and referred us to your book for dealing with a blind dog. As an R.N. myself, I could not help but think there was a correlation between the Cushing’s symptoms and the blindness, so I ordered your book on disease and nutrition. Simultaneously, the dog food recall occurred and our very expensive dog food was on the list. After reading your books, doing my own research and informing my veterinarian, I took my dog off of all commercial dog food and prepared him a gluten free diet. He eats meat, vegetables, fruit, non-fat plain yogurt, eggs, and cheese. He was much happier eating this diet vs. the very small amount of commercial food he was permitted.
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