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I have a 9 yr old who has slowed down considerably over the

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I have a 9 yr old ***** ***** who has slowed down considerably over the past few months. She has had x-rays and showed a slight change in one disc. Shouldn't be anything too serious, but she is moving very slowly and won't jump. We tried her on Metacam for a month with little response. She was switched to Rimadyl 2 weeks ago and, although moving has slight improvement, she appears to be near blind, walking into things and is obviously sniffing out food instead of seeing it. There are no visual ocular changes. Could this have anything to do with the Rimadyl?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  petdrz replied 2 years ago.

I am sorry that you have been waiting for a response. I recently just logged onto the site and noted that your question hasn't yet been answered. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 25 years’ experience and would be happy to work with you if you are still needing assistance.

You never want to say never, but I am not aware of any nor have I ever heard of loss of vision being an adverse effect to the administration of Rimadyl. In fact, I wonder if there weren't ocular changes going on all along and that is what started the slowdown you were noticing. Conditions like progressive retinal atrophy can start with very minimal vision loss and progress slowly to the point that the loss of vision is more obvious to an owner.

If she hasn't had her retina examined by an ophthalmologist, I would definitely have her scheduled for that soon.

Here is a link with more information about this retinal disease in dogs. LINK HERE

I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you have ANY other questions. My goal is to give you 100% satisfaction and if you are not yet satisfied, please reply so I can clarify for you.

Dr Z