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What are Optic Neuritis?

The optic nerve is the essence of what makes up vision. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to see! Unfortunately, it is possible for this nerve to become damaged. For pets and humans alike, this will cause vision to become impaired or cease because the main structure for transmitting your eye’s signals to the brain is damaged.

There are many reasons your pet can develop this condition. Some are more serious than others, especially if they are from an underlying disease. Fortunately, this condition can usually be treated, but sometimes it leaves your pet with permanently affected vision.

Optic nerve swelling, or optic neuritis, is inflammation of the optic nerve. This is the structure responsible for transmitting electrical signals from the retina to the brain.

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Symptoms of Optic Neuritis in Dogs

Because this condition is on the eyes, it will be very apparent that something is wrong. Your pet may have symptoms suddenly, or if the optic neuritis is formed from an underlying condition, it can show up gradually.

The symptoms of optic neuritis are few. They usually will be:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Optic nerve head is swollen
  • Sudden blindness
  • Pain with eye movement
  • Tender eyes and areas around the eyes
  • Decreased depth perception

If you notice any of these symptoms, definitely schedule your pet in to see their veterinarian as soon as possible. Your veterinarian will most likely refer you to an ophthalmology specialist for further testing on your pet’s eyes.

Causes of Optic Neuritis in Dogs

Unlike the symptoms, there are several reasons why your dog may have a damaged optic nerve. Most of them are due to an underlying disease such as toxoplasmosis, Neosporosis, multiple sclerosis (MS), or a vitamin A deficiency. Optic neuritis is actually the number one symptom when diagnosing MS; it will usually be diagnosed after finding optic nerve swelling. Other causes could be:

  • Infection
  • Trauma
  • Cancer
  • Toxin ingestion (not common with canines)

With inflammatory brain diseases, such as Neosporosis, this is usually a last resort symptom. Any sudden change in eyesight is never a good sign, so it is important to know your dog’s eye health.

A Vitamin A deficiency can be prevented and treated by giving your pet more fish, liver, and vegetables in their diet. If your pet has optic neuritis due to a deficiency, however, it is extreme and should be discussed with your veterinarian.

Diagnosis of Optic Neuritis in Dogs

Diagnosing this condition is not always easy. Optic neuritis is not always an obvious case; the specialist will have to perform many examinations to correctly diagnose the issue.

This will usually begin with simple eye tests, such as checking pupil dilation and if your pet can see certain objects. If this fails, then the specialists will schedule an electroretinogram (ERG). This procedure is a closer look at the outer retina. Because this test must be absolutely spot-on, your pet will have to be put under an anesthetic, so they don’t move about.

Other tests that will help determine if it is optic neuritis are an MRI and brain fluid samples (CSF). The CSF test helps determine if there are any fluids or substances in the eye that shouldn’t be there, such as glucose, blood, or proteins.

Treatment of Optic Neuritis in Dogs

The treatment for optic neuritis is fairly simple. A specialist should give your pet intravenous steroids as this will reduce the risk of them developing MS later on by 50%. There are oral steroids, but the risks are obviously higher. Pets who receive these steroids start to have improved health from anywhere between a few days to a few weeks. The only exception is for dogs who may have a more serious condition.

Your veterinarian may also prescribe antibiotics and a topical treatment. These will just help clear and fight off any infections that may develop.

Recovery of Optic Neuritis in Dogs

While this condition can permanently affect your pet’s vision, the prognosis is good. Swelling of the nerves can damage vision, causing blindness, however, early treatment and uncomplicated cases have better results.

You should keep your pet on bed rest and most likely invest in an Elizabethan collar, so they can’t touch their eyes. Playing, walks, and trips outside should be kept to a minimum and heavily supervised. Your veterinarian may also require a few check-ins to see how your pet is feeling.

Optic Neuritis Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

rocky
Poodle mix
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Tired

Our 11 year old dog was just diagnosed with sards. All blood work came back ok. He just recently has blood shot eyes and runny eyes. Any chance it could be something curable.
He started eating more than usual which has since stopped, weight gain, drinking more and we started noticing he wasnt seeing well. Was told he was completely blind. Last visit he could see light a bit.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unfortunately, without knowing more about Rocky and his condition, I can't comment on his condition, or his prognosis - he does seem to have a lot going on, and may need further care. It would be best to follow up with his veterinarian to see what the nest step for him might be.

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Piglet
French Bulldog
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Blind optic neuritis
Blind

I am a licensed veterinary technician. About three months ago my 1 yr old neutered French bulldog developed optic neuritis (only has one eye currently bc the other was enucleated before I got him). He was placed on oral pred and doxy. The dr didn't think it wouldn't reoccur except possibly at the end taper.
He was doing great until last night, he is going blind exactly the same as last time. I have restarted his medication.
The specialist can not figure out why it has reoccurred and isn't sure which step to take next.
He is awaiting another specialist appointment, but until are there any suggested tests I send out from my clinic to get to the bottom of this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is nothing I can recommend at this time apart from restarting corticosteroid therapy, making an appointment to visit an Ophthalmologist to confirm the diagnosis and to review treatment and actions to date. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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bj
Pomeranian
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vision loss

14 year old Pomeranian. 3 days ago it was determined she had signs of cervical IVDD. We put her in small controlled space w good footing per Vet's orders. She continued on Gabapentin (now 5 days-previous visit for presumed patella pain) and was given tramadol per IVDD determination. 2 days ago, the next day after IVDD DIAGNOSIS our dog woke up and was apparently blind. We r going to ophthalmologist today. Could spine trauma, pain meds, or other cause optic neuritis or other eye damage? Appreciate your help/comments. B.A.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Loss of vision are not listed side effects of gabapentin or tramadol administration, but there are the odd report of it especially in human medicine; I cannot say what the specific cause of the apparent loss of vision is but any changes to the eyes including inflammation, increase in intraocular pressure (glaucoma) or other changes may result in a loss of vision. The Ophthalmologist would check these things during an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lolita
Yorkshire Terrier
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

See above description

Medication Used

See above

My 6 lb yorkie was diagnosed late last year with optic neuritis. Since then she has been on prednisone and cyclosporine. Will she need both Ned's for life? She is just shy of 7 years old.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes of optic neuritis which may require a combination of treatments; typically after inflammation has been reduced with steroids, the dose is tapered to see if there is resolution and to see if there is a recurrence of inflammation. It would be best to discuss this with your Veterinarian as optic neuritis may be caused by infection, trauma, poisoning, secondary to other disease processes among other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I am a 64 year old female, I was diagnosed of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2008 (MRI), my symptoms started out with severe fatigue, poor balance, numbness, double vision, heat intolerance and anxiety. I was unable to go back to work, I tried Betaseron for about 6 years. Tried every shot available, all made me sick.

In November 2015, I started on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Herbal formula from NewLife Clinic, the treatment worked incredibly for my MS condition. I used the NewLife MS Herbal formula for a total time period of 4 months, it totally reversed my Multiple Sclerosis. I had a total decline of all symptoms including vision problems, numbness and others. Sometimes, i totally forget i ever had MS.

Visit NewLife Clinic web-site ww w. newlifeherbalclinic. com. I am very pleased with this treatment. I eat well, sleep well and exercise regularly. My attitude is extremely positive.

I am a 64 year old female, I was diagnosed of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2008 (MRI), my symptoms started out with severe fatigue, poor balance, numbness, double vision, heat intolerance and anxiety. I was unable to go back to work, I tried Betaseron for about 6 years. Tried every shot available, all made me sick.

In November 2015, I started on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Herbal formula from NewLife Clinic, the treatment worked incredibly for my MS condition. I used the NewLife MS Herbal formula for a total time period of 4 months, it totally reversed my Multiple Sclerosis. I had a total decline of all symptoms including vision problems, numbness and others. Sometimes, i totally forget i ever had MS.

Visit NewLife Clinic web-site ww w. newlifeherbalclinic. com. I am very pleased with this treatment. I eat well, sleep well and exercise regularly. My attitude is extremely positive.

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Rommel
French Bulldog
1 Year
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

loss of sight

Hi our 1 yr old French bulldog suddenly lost most of his sight 3 days ago. We took him to a vet, she sent us to an optometrist the next day, there they found the nerves behind his eye looked swollen so they send us to the ER to get a neurologist to see him. They finally performed the MRI today (3 days later after his initial sight loss) and they discovered he has a small inflammation of the brain n nerves going to his eyes, he was diagnosed w optic neuritis and today they gave him stereoids through a needle. My question is how likely is it for him to get his eye sight back and is it bad that it took 3 days from initial loss to finally give him steroids? : (

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are two main types of optic neuritis: inflammation of the optic nerve head which may be diagnosed with an ophthalmoscope; and retrobulbar neuritis which present symptoms of absence of pupil reflex and looks normal when viewed with an ophthalmoscope and requires imaging to diagnose the condition. The cause of the optic neuritis (infection, immune mediated, trauma) and the three days prior to diagnosis would have a bearing on the prognosis; the pupil reflex should return in around a week followed by restoration of vision a few days later, I cannot guarantee the return of sight. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 1 month after I turned 50. My Grand-mum was 96 and had it since she was in her 20s. I was on Copaxone, the first year was daily and later I was on 40 mg, 3 times a week. It made a tremendous difference for me. Although the fatigue was what really gets to me. When I do too much, I do start to feel weak.There has been little if any progress in finding a cure or reliable treatment. My multiple sclerosis got significantly worse and unbearable because of my cognitive thinking.. Last year, i started on a natural multiple sclerosis Herbal therapy from Green House Herbal Clinic, i read a lot of positive reviews from patients who used the treatment and i immediately started on it. I had great relief with this herbal treatment. I am doing very much better now, no case of Cognitive thinking or memory Loss,, my multiple sclerosis condition is totally reversed. Visit Green House Herbal Clinic website w ww. greenhouseherbalclinic .com. I am thankful to nature, the medics failed. Share with friends!!

I am a 64 year old female, I was diagnosed of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2008 (MRI), my symptoms started out with severe fatigue, poor balance, numbness, double vision, heat intolerance and anxiety. I was unable to go back to work, I tried Betaseron for about 6 years. Tried every shot available, all made me sick.

In November 2015, I started on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Herbal formula from NewLife Clinic, the treatment worked incredibly for my MS condition. I used the NewLife MS Herbal formula for a total time period of 4 months, it totally reversed my Multiple Sclerosis. I had a total decline of all symptoms including vision problems, numbness and others. Sometimes, i totally forget i ever had MS.

Visit NewLife Clinic web-site ww w. newlifeherbalclinic. com. I am very pleased with this treatment. I eat well, sleep well and exercise regularly. My attitude is extremely positive.

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in October 2011, at the age of 44. I woke up one morning with numbness in my lower back and legs, I couldn't feel my feet touching the floor. I saw my doctor and had an MRI to see if I had a disc problem, it was negative and she told me she feared MS. I was sent to a neurologist, had two more MRIs, and was told that night that I have four lesions on my spine MS. I tried every shots available but nothing worked. In 2015, my neurologist and I decided to go with natural treatment and was introduced to NewLife Herbal Clinic natural organic MS Herbal formula, i had a total decline of symptoms with this treatment, the numbness, terrible back pains, stiffness, body weakness, double vision, depression and others has subsided. Visit NewLife Herbal Clinic official website ww w. newlifeherbalclinic. com or email [email protected] newlifeherbalclinic. com.

This treatment totally reversed my condition! I am strong again!

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in October 2011, at the age of 44. I woke up one morning with numbness in my lower back and legs, I couldn't feel my feet touching the floor. I saw my doctor and had an MRI to see if I had a disc problem, it was negative and she told me she feared MS. I was sent to a neurologist, had two more MRIs, and was told that night that I have four lesions on my spine MS. I tried every shots available but nothing worked. In 2015, my neurologist and I decided to go with natural treatment and was introduced to NewLife Herbal Clinic natural organic MS Herbal formula, i had a total decline of symptoms with this treatment, the numbness, terrible back pains, stiffness, body weakness, double vision, depression and others has subsided. Visit NewLife Herbal Clinic official website ww w. newlifeherbalclinic. com or email [email protected] newlifeherbalclinic. com.

This treatment totally reversed my condition! I am strong again!

I was diagnosed in 2006 with multiple sclerosis, the only symptoms at that time were falling and legs hurting and moving all the time. I remember no symptoms at all until last year. I went into full seizure mode, I was put on Avonex. I had the symptoms of that medication every day for 13 weeks, I mean I was so sick every day. I stopped that medication and a few days later I was back to my normal self. Then a few weeks later I started having attacks every week and I was really bad. It's like one long attack every day. My upstairs neighbors cause me great anxiety every day. I have gotten a new neurologist and she started me on the Copaxone and I didn't know what to expect, I knew I hurt from when I wake up until I go to sleep.I lost touch with reality.I started on Health Herbal Clinic multiple sclerosis Disease Herbal formula in June 2017, i read alot of positive reviews from patients here in the United States on their success rate treating multiple sclerosis through their Herbal formula and i immediately started on the treatment. Just 7 weeks into the Herbal formula treatment I had great improvements with my Vision and coordination, my stiffed, rigid muscle had succumbed. I am unbelievably back on my feet again, this is a breakthrough for all multiple sclerosis sufferers, visit Health Herbal Clinic official website www. healthherbalclinic. net or email [email protected] healthherbalclinic. net.

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Marley
Dachshund
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

decreased vision & dialated pupils
she had not felt good a week or two prior to diagn

my daughter's 8yo dachshund was diagnosed with end stand optic neuritis today. It took less than 15 minutes of the ophthalmologist to decide this. he sent her home with a supplement, not prescribed, to take for 90 days. She is being tested Friday for any tick-born illness.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Optic neuritis is usually diagnosed by a Specialist by electroretinogram (ERG) which is normally carried out under general anaesthesia. There are many causes of optic neuritis including infection, inflammation, toxins or trauma; treatment usually consists of corticosteroids to decrease the inflammation around the nerves along with treatment of the underlying cause if known. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 1 month after I turned 50. My Grand-mum was 96 and had it since she was in her 20s. I was on Copaxone, the first year was daily and later I was on 40 mg, 3 times a week. It made a tremendous difference for me. Although the fatigue was what really gets to me. When I do too much, I do start to feel weak.There has been little if any progress in finding a cure or reliable treatment. My multiple sclerosis got significantly worse and unbearable because of my cognitive thinking.. Last year, i started on a natural multiple sclerosis Herbal therapy from Green House Herbal Clinic, i read a lot of positive reviews from patients who used the treatment and i immediately started on it. I had great relief with this herbal treatment. I am doing very much better now, no case of Cognitive thinking or memory Loss,, my multiple sclerosis condition is totally reversed. Visit Green House Herbal Clinic website w ww. greenhouseherbalclinic .com. I am thankful to nature, the medics failed. Share with friends!!

I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 1 month after I turned 50. My Grand-mum was 96 and had it since she was in her 20s. I was on Copaxone, the first year was daily and later I was on 40 mg, 3 times a week. It made a tremendous difference for me. Although the fatigue was what really gets to me. When I do too much, I do start to feel weak.There has been little if any progress in finding a cure or reliable treatment. My multiple sclerosis got significantly worse and unbearable because of my cognitive thinking.. Last year, i started on a natural multiple sclerosis Herbal therapy from Green House Herbal Clinic, i read a lot of positive reviews from patients who used the treatment and i immediately started on it. I had great relief with this herbal treatment. I am doing very much better now, no case of Cognitive thinking or memory Loss,, my multiple sclerosis condition is totally reversed. Visit Green House Herbal Clinic website w ww. greenhouseherbalclinic .com. I am thankful to nature, the medics failed. Share with friends!!

Around age 60 I noticed that my handwriting was getting smaller and I was writing faster. I also noticed a small tremor in my right hand. The doctor went over my different symptoms and he suspected I'd either had a small stroke or the beginnings of Parkinson 's disease. After finding a neurologist and some testing I was diagnosed with the beginning stages of Parkinson’s disease. That was 4 years ago. I take Sinimet four times a day to control my symptoms, which include falling, imbalance, gait problems, swallowing difficulties, and slurring of speech,This year, our family doctor started me on Mbeki Herbal Clinic Parkinson’s Disease Herbal mixture, 5 weeks into treatment I improved dramatically. At the end of the full treatment course, the disease is totally under control. No case of dementia, hallucination, weakness, muscle pain or tremors.

Visit Mbeki Herbal Clinic official website w ww.mbekiherbalclinic .com. I am strong again and able to go about daily activities.‌ This Herbal Formula is Incredible!!

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in October 2011, at the age of 44. I woke up one morning with numbness in my lower back and legs, I couldn't feel my feet touching the floor. I saw my doctor and had an MRI to see if I had a disc problem, it was negative and she told me she feared MS. I was sent to a neurologist, had two more MRIs, and was told that night that I have four lesions on my spine MS. I tried every shots available but nothing worked. In 2015, my neurologist and I decided to go with natural treatment and was introduced to NewLife Herbal Clinic natural organic MS Herbal formula, i had a total decline of symptoms with this treatment, the numbness, terrible back pains, stiffness, body weakness, double vision, depression and others has subsided. Visit NewLife Herbal Clinic official website ww w. newlifeherbalclinic. com or email [email protected] newlifeherbalclinic. com.

This treatment totally reversed my condition! I am strong again!

I was diagnosed in 2006 with multiple sclerosis, the only symptoms at that time were falling and legs hurting and moving all the time. I remember no symptoms at all until last year. I went into full seizure mode, I was put on Avonex. I had the symptoms of that medication every day for 13 weeks, I mean I was so sick every day. I stopped that medication and a few days later I was back to my normal self. Then a few weeks later I started having attacks every week and I was really bad. It's like one long attack every day. My upstairs neighbors cause me great anxiety every day. I have gotten a new neurologist and she started me on the Copaxone and I didn't know what to expect, I knew I hurt from when I wake up until I go to sleep.I lost touch with reality.I started on Health Herbal Clinic multiple sclerosis Disease Herbal formula in June 2017, i read alot of positive reviews from patients here in the United States on their success rate treating multiple sclerosis through their Herbal formula and i immediately started on the treatment. Just 7 weeks into the Herbal formula treatment I had great improvements with my Vision and coordination, my stiffed, rigid muscle had succumbed. I am unbelievably back on my feet again, this is a breakthrough for all multiple sclerosis sufferers, visit Health Herbal Clinic official website www. healthherbalclinic. net or email [email protected] healthherbalclinic. net.

I was diagnosed in 2006 with multiple sclerosis, the only symptoms at that time were falling and legs hurting and moving all the time. I remember no symptoms at all until last year. I went into full seizure mode, I was put on Avonex. I had the symptoms of that medication every day for 13 weeks, I mean I was so sick every day. I stopped that medication and a few days later I was back to my normal self. Then a few weeks later I started having attacks every week and I was really bad. It's like one long attack every day. My upstairs neighbors cause me great anxiety every day. I have gotten a new neurologist and she started me on the Copaxone and I didn't know what to expect, I knew I hurt from when I wake up until I go to sleep.I lost touch with reality.I started on Health Herbal Clinic multiple sclerosis Disease Herbal formula in June 2017, i read alot of positive reviews from patients here in the United States on their success rate treating multiple sclerosis through their Herbal formula and i immediately started on the treatment. Just 7 weeks into the Herbal formula treatment I had great improvements with my Vision and coordination, my stiffed, rigid muscle had succumbed. I am unbelievably back on my feet again, this is a breakthrough for all multiple sclerosis sufferers, visit Health Herbal Clinic official website www. healthherbalclinic. net or email [email protected] healthherbalclinic. net.

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