We would really appreciate some advice on our Golden Cocker Spaniel .
She is just on 8 years old and has Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Cataracts. The Cataracts have been coming on slowly for a few years but the PRA we feel has been very recent. Its really only in the last couple of months that she has had problems seeing. We feel we could see a slight silvery sheen to her eyes for quite some time although Vet checks have never mentioned it. The last Vet visit was about 4 weeks ago and he felt the sight loss we noticed was from PRA and possibly not cataracts but as she was only 8 best to have an Ophthalmologist check her over.
So yesterday we were told she does actually have cataracts , PRA and also droopy eyelids causing irritation. The droopy eye is also very recent.
We understand that removing the cataracts will not fix her problems completely but will make best use of what she has. But with the PRA seemingly coming on so quickly will she loose her sight from that within a short time anyway? Has anyone had experience with this? From what we have noticed we would guess she will be basically blind by Christmas at the rate she is at now. Naturally cost comes into the decision. Its not a cheap operation and will cost almost ten thousand including an eyelid lift. Thats a huge sum if it will only slightly improve her sight for several months. If it is a help longer term then we will find the money. So again our question is for those who have been through PRA is does it usually take years to send the dog blind or is it usually quite quick?
Thank you for any advice or experiences.