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I am so sad to hear Caliber may have SARDS. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this condition. We are not sure of the cause of the condition either, despite decades of research. What is odd is her age. This is usually a condition with an average onset at 8 years of age, not 1.5 yrs. This may be retinal degeneration due to something else. Still, I cannot be very optimistic as most true causes of retinal changes/problems are not treatable. Her best chance, though is to see the specialist.
Most commonly dogs with true SARDS often have preceding or concurrent symptoms, such as increased drinking and urinating, increased appetite, excessive panting, lethargy, obesity or recent weight gain. Sometimes we find elevated liver enzymes on lab work which leads to a concern she might've had hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing's Syndrome). Usually testing is negative but I have actually had a few patients test positive upon screening for Cushing's who had SARDS but these patients did not do well at all on the treatment for Cushing's because this is not Cushing's syndrome.
For expectations the ophthalmologist will examine her eyes and sometimes months after onset of SARDS the ophthalmologist can see retinal degenerative changes which confirm the condition.
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