Steroids—a Dirty Word, Part 4

I received this note recently from the owner of a darling little dog named Milo. You can read our conversation below and you can read more about Milo’s recovery here. January 29, 2019 Hi Caroline, Our dog has been on the SARD protocol since August and regained vision in his left eye soon after the…

Steroids—a Dirty Word, Part 3

In this article I’d like to discuss some finer points of adrenal activity. If you haven’t read Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, please do. Also, please remember I am not dispensing veterinary advice. I am sharing my observations and information that my holistic veterinarian once shared with me. If you find this…

Steroids—a Dirty Word, Part 2

If you haven’t read Part 1, please click here. In that article we discussed how the term “steroid” has mistakenly come to mean cortisone and prednisone. And we noted that SARD dogs routinely develop high levels of steroids internally, called sex-hormone steroids.  Here in Part 2 we’re going to address another misconception. A Quick History…

Steroids—a Dirty Word, Part 1

We’ve all been taught that the term “steroid” means cortisol and its cousins cortisone, prednisone, methylpred, etc. Medical and veterinary personnel fall into this trap, as well. Doctors say things like, “I’m going to write you a prescription for a steroid.” So, we all tend to equate “steroid” with cortisone and prednisone. When we discuss…

How Low-Dose Cortisol Corrects SARD Symptoms

After some thought I’ve decided to write this article in plain English for the benefit of the average dog owner. If you wish to see a more thorough explanation or bibliography, click here. As you may know, cortisol is our natural anti-inflammatory hormone. It plays a role in essentially all body functions and is necessary…

“My dog is doing great but…”

Since we’re heading into the autumn SARD season, I thought I’d try again to offer a few words of advice. I know SARD dog owners struggle emotionally with this diagnosis. There are feelings of grief and loss and anger. I know the dogs struggle, too.  For over a decade I’ve received emails or read posts…

Disinformation

A woman on the east coast recently shared the following with me.  She said that when her dog was diagnosed with SARD her veterinary ophthalmologist insisted there was no known cause or cure and also issued a warning. “If you find anything on the internet to the contrary it’s a scam. Someone is just trying…

How can we prevent SARD?

Great question. I believe this must be addressed by dog owners and their local, home town veterinarians. Why your local vet? Because, to date, veterinary ophthalmologists maintain that they do not  know the cause of SARD. Consequently, they have not identified any preventative measures. Part 1: If you’ve been reading these pages, you are familiar with the unmistakable…

SARD Seasons

There are two times each year when I see an uptick in the occurrence of SARD. The first is in the fall, especially around Thanksgiving. The second is in the spring, often around Valentines day.  During these times, the adrenal gland typically experiences an increase in activity. Why? In the autumn the adrenal gland helps…

What causes Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration (SARD)?

Our best understanding of Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration SARD dogs develop elevated levels of sex-hormones including estrogen. Excessive estrogen increases the rate of calcium entering nerve and retinal cells. Excessive calcium is a known seizure trigger and likely initiates a seizure in the retina (sudden vision loss). Death of retinal cells occurs in the weeks and…