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Old March 28th, 2019, 09:43 PM
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Exclamation Sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS) on the rise!

Our Mollie is going on 5 months of sudden blindness and while she is bouncing back to her regular self and normal routines (less her sight), I am flabbergasted with the increased spike of Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome (SARDS).

In October, 2018 the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) had a conference where they discussed this unknown and incurable disease. A clip of this segment from their conference is here and was blown away with their studies!:


Their key discussion on SARDS was the effects of Heart Worm medications along with Flea and Tick treatments. With Mollie's symptoms leading up to her diagnosis and the fact that she fit smack dab into this scenario, one must really take a hard look into whether or not, being a responsible pet owner and trying to protect our little ones from parasites through the aid of medications is really the best option. I'm starting to wonder myself.

Dr. Freya Mowat from the North Carolina State University has been conducting an online study/survey for over 2 years. If you do have a dog with SARDS, please take the 15 minutes to complete the survey online as Dr. Mowat will be closing it soon to gather up the statistic for final analysis and a publication of her results later this year. Link to the survey is here:

There are poisons that blind you, and poisons that open your eyes.” ― August Strindberg
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