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My boy Kip and UVD 18 Jul 2012 19:55 #5933

  • sumo2020
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I'm actually an old member who adopted the delightful akita inu, Maru from you. Maru is doing brilliantly and a real character.
However our other boy Kip, who is approx 2 - 3 years old is unwell. It started with what was thought to be conjunctivitis, then allergy but is now almost certain to be UVD. He has no skin involvement but has been through the mill with his eyes over the last month. Only yesterday was auto immune disease mentioned and today he had his first massive dose of steroids. He's been on low dose Prednisolone for the last 2 weeks to try to control ? allergy.
Tomorrow he is off to see an expert in Penrith so will log on to let you what can be done. The pain of this condition makes me weep. He has had two nights of awful pain in his eyes, pacing, whining, pawing at his eyes. He was taken to the vet in the middle of the night and given injections but I have cradled his head, put compresses on his eyes, nuzzled and cuddled him for hours trying to ease it.
Comments, experiences, advice or ideas will be greatly appreciated. I am looking everywhere to help my boy. I don't have any history for this boy as he was rescued from uncaring owners.

Re: My boy Kip and UVD 19 Jul 2012 11:52 #5937

It's good to hear that Maru is doing well, but I'm sorry to hear Kip is feeling so bad with this eyes

Not really knowing what UVD is (at first I thought it was something to do with that turned under and inward eyelid condition) I did a bit of research and came up with this really interesting and imformative web page...this is the link (fingers crossed)... www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2711475/ I hope the link works because although there's a lot to read it's all very interesting and hopefully it might give you some information that you haven't yet come accross.

I really hope you find some help soon, it sounds like a nasty problem.
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Re: My boy Kip and UVD 19 Jul 2012 12:42 #5939

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Im sorry to hear Kip is unwell

I hope the visit with the specialist goes well and they can give you something to ease the discomfort poor Kip is feeling.
The above article is very interesting.
My first Akita suffered from Autoimmune disease. It affected her skin quite badly and her nose, her eyes never suffered at all so I have no experience of UVD at all sorry
I wish Kip a speedy recovery and try not to worry too much, easier said than done I know.
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Re: My boy Kip and UVD 19 Jul 2012 19:58 #5941

Hope he is okay:(

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Re: My boy Kip and UVD 19 Jul 2012 20:01 #5942

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It is great to hear that Maru is doing well and has settle well with you, it would be lovely to have pics of both of the boys.
So sorry to hear that you have had some much to cope with, and of course how bad Kip is.
What has the specialist said. I have been reading up on this and it seems the sooner you can catch it the better. It must be so painfull for the poor boy.
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Re: My boy Kip and UVD 19 Jul 2012 20:51 #5946

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The visit to the ophthalmologist went better than expected. He was quite hopeful that we could get some control of the condition because we have caught it early. Already Kip had responded to the high dose steroids he was given yesterday and he is to continue on a high dose for the next month. Kip endured a battery of tests on his eyes today, numerous drops and finally injections straight into his eyes. He managed to release his iris that had become stuck to the lens in one eye and was pleased with that. Kip sat quietly and still throughout without a muzzle - how very proud of him we were. The vet expressed surprise at how well behaved he was, fully expecting to have to sedate him for the injections. He's a beautiful boy he said . Well we knew that already. Aren't all our akitas beautiful ?!?!

Right now he's resting after his evening medications and a gentle walk. We've had to make a fuss of Maru this evening 'cos his nose was well out of joint at missing a day out !
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