Meet Spike! He’s a very special boy. At first, you will notice that Spike is completely blind is his left eye. He still has some sight in his right eye, but he will eventually lose his vision all together. What you can’t initially see is that Spike has a very rare autoimmune disease called VKH syndrome or uveodermatologic syndrome.
Spike has been through a lot the last few months. VKH is so rare that it was difficult to diagnose and is also difficult to treat. There is limited information on uveodermatologic syndrome, and it has been described as similar to vitiligo in humans. He has some lasting “pigment changes” around his mouth, but he’s still so very handsome. It looks like he dipped his face in snow! We’re not yet sure how this disease will progress in his case. However, we do know that he will not regain his vision and he will have to remain on immunosuppressants indefinitely. We are still trying to figure out which medications work best for him. His current immunosuppressant is $20 per month. Like his ophthalmologist said, “finding the best medical treatment is trial and error until we get it right.”
He can still see enough to find his way around the house and yard with the occasional bump here or there. He loves tennis balls and will play short distance fetch! He’s a fun loving, SWEET, happy boy. He enjoys walks and loves to swim! He’s a tall guy weighing in around 65 lbs. He doesn’t mind his canine foster brothers but really just wants to be next to foster mom and dad. He is very affectionate and loves love. He is calm and tolerant of his eye drops and does well with baths and brushins. He’s pretty “velcro” but once he’s comfortable in a place he’s happy to chill in his spot. He does have some
separation anxiety and really likes attention but he’s easy to love so it’s impossible to resist.
As part of Spike’s care he gets 2 separate eye drops 3 times a day. He will have to stay on these drops indefinitely. It helps reduce the pressures in his eyes and any headache pain he may have. These drops will hopefully stall the progress of his secondary glaucoma, but we don’t know a “timeline” for complete sight loss. These drops are around $80 per month.
Spike’s ophthalmologist recommends behavioral therapy when he gets to his forever home and before he loses his sight completely. He is a sweet, happy, handsome, good boy! But his forever family will have to be patient and diligent with his care. Spike is still learning to manage his sight loss and all of these physical and environmental changes.
It will take special planning in your home and life to meet Spiky’s needs. He will require a safe zone, patience, training, lots of visits to the vet, and lots of love. This special needs boy will make a great companion and snuggle buddy with the right care.
Note from foster parents: This disease is so rare that our vet has only seen it once in the last 10 years. Treatment is constant and changing. We have fostered Spike through diagnosis and treatment changes, and it will be a very special family that gets to adopt him. His new parents must have the means to afford his lifelong care. Someone that will take the time to make his treatments a priority as they may change throughout his life. We are looking for someone that truly has the heart and understanding to rescue this beautiful, special needs dog. We will be very choosy so please only qualified adopters apply. Vet experience a plus. Blind dog experience a plus.