As I researched Sasha’s diagnosis of SARDS (Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration), watching YouTube videos posted by other owners of dogs stricken with this terrible disease and reading their blogs gave me an “inside view”. It enabled me to see the dog in their home environment as opposed to a clinical one where we all know they’re usually apprehensive. I also joined several Facebook groups for both blind dogs and groups specific to SARDS.
Again, I want to stress that while social media can be a great resource, please do not take everything you find as factual. Read posts, take notes (gotta love C&P), interact with other owners but always refer to your veterinary specialist for treatment options. I thought of social media and the internet as my process of forming a conglomeration of “medical possibilities” which I could then research further and present to her team. Remember, always learn everything you can about your pet’s disease because in order to be an effective advocate for them, you need to understand it. I know that can seem like a daunting challenge, especially if you aren’t in the medical or scientific profession. Take it step by step, focusing on one thing at a time. You don’t have to be an expert nor be able to rattle off medical terminology. All you need is a working knowledge of what your pet has, how it’s been historically treated, if there are other forms of treatment and what has worked as opposed to what has not. And ask questions!
Now that my PSA is out of the way, I’m going to share videos of dogs with SARDS that have been posted online. As I’ve always said, I’m not media savvy so hope this works. Most of the videos were posted in a public Facebook group so I assume you might have to log into Facebook to view them. Let’s give it a whirl…
Then by chance you discover a blind dog whose story is so remarkable that you’re compelled to share; a dog with such an indomitable spirit and amazing strength that it takes your breath away. Turn on your volume, take a 5 minute break and allow me to introduce to an amazing dog.
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♥︎Next up ~ a town in Massachusetts♥︎