Friday, June 2, 2017

Samson ~ An Update

Those of you who read my blog back in 2012, may remember that Samson went blind for a day or two, but thanks to the quick action by our vet he recovered his sight fully. Then it happened again this past March. Fortunately, I recognized the symptoms and took him to the vet, who prescribed Prednisone, plus an increase in the NeoPolyDex eyedrops I have been giving him since 2012, from twice a day to four times a day. 

Samson did well for a period of time this spring, but last week I took him to the vet again because his eyes did not look good. Once again, he was put on Prednisone, at a higher dose, for a longer period than before. I took him back on Wednesday and he has responded well to the medicine. The vet thinks he may have to stay on a low dose for the rest of his life.

I discussed side effects with the doctor and learned that there is risk for liver, kidney and heart failure. Now our vet is very much into holistic healing, acupuncture, and so on. When my German shepherd, Angel, got lupus, he had no problems with me getting, I forget what now, from a holistic place that treats dogs. Apparently nothing else will work for Samson's illness though. 

So then I said, OK, so what if he goes blind? Lots of dogs do as they get older and seem to get along just fine. Not so with this illness, said the vet. He believes that there's severe pain accompanying the eye issues and eventual blindness. That devastated me and I felt so guilty for every time in the past that I may have forgotten to give him his eyedrops or been too busy or whatever. 

But then, if this is the reality, I say to myself, let's just take it a day at a time. And hope he will do well on a very tiny amount of Prednisone.

So, I am grateful that Samson is doing better. We will take it a day at a time, be diligent with the eyedrops and his walks to keep him as healthy as he can be. Because the drugs supress his immune system, Samson didn't get the rattlesnake vaccine this year. Since he doesn't run loose, I'm not too worried. I haven't seen any snakes at all this spring, and this is the time they are most visible. When it gets hot, they become nocturnal, to show up again at the end of September. 

Samson in 2012. His eyes are clouded blue here. They are brown normally.

Samson was diagnosed with UDS in 2012, something he will have for the rest of his life. 

He did well, with no eye problems for 4 1/2 years. Something to be grateful for since he was so young when this started.

This is UDS:

Uveodermatologic Syndrome (UDS) is an immune-mediated canine disease characterized by inflammation of the eye, de-pigmentation of skin and whitening of hair, well, white fur wasn't a clue here. Morbidity is related primarily to the eye inflammation, which can result in secondary ophthalmological disorders that lead to blindness. Treatment involves both topical and systemic immunosuppression.

Although generally considered to be more common in Northern breeds, such as Akitas, Siberians, and Samoyeds, there have been reports of the disease in a wide range of breeds, including the Dachshund. 

Samson Says: Have a nice day everyone!

Faith Says: What about me? Did you tell your friends Samson beat me up? 

Me: No, that will be in another post.

Faith: What's a post?

Me: Never mind.....


  1. Dear Inger - oh dear ... but at least you and the vet see eye to eye - and the most important person is Samson right now ... and Faith reminds you she's still around and needs her attention too ... take care and with thoughts - and hope all goes well for a decent length of time ... have a peaceful weekend - Hilary

  2. Dear Inger. Samson is very lucky to have you as his guardian even though you have guilt feelings for when you were too preoccupied to remember giving his eye drops. It's not as if you didn't give him his drops because of neglect. You have did what you could under the circumstances.

    I hope that Samson will continue to do well with your care.
    Warm hugs and prayers for Sampson

  3. that last photo of the two of them is just beautiful. they are both so very beautiful. So sorry to read this update about Samson... prayers for all 3 of you to get through this and for the meds to work quickly and well. hugs to all of you

  4. Prednisone is a miracle steroid, but yes, it does have its affects. It sounds like you have a good and caring vet and I am sure with your loving care, Samson will have many bright days ahead.

  5. Hi Inger, I agree with Julia Samson is lucky to have you, we have a thirteen year old dachshund and she has been on the NeoPolyDex for a couple of years now, we do what we need to for our pets, Samson is sure looking good.

  6. Samson is in the very best place, and your vet is so understanding. More times a day, and prednisone for-ever, if that is the answer for now, have faith that this will suffice. You are the best looker-after, for Samson, and Faith will be there with you as well, keeping a close eye on all happenings, that last photo of them together is a treasure.

  7. Samson is so lucky he is in your life. Sadly many would not put in the time and money for the long term care of a dog. Bless you for always doing what you can to keep him comfortable and sighted. May this treatment be successful for a long time you get to enjoy eachother for many more years.

  8. I'm sorry. It's so hard when our loved ones are ill. Favorite Young Man's Stella took prednisone. It damaged her liver, so then she also took something to help her liver function.


    1. Thanks for letting me know that there are meds for liver issues now.

  9. Sorry to hear about Samson's medical condition. I pray that this treatment works for a long time and causes no other problems for him.

  10. I am so sorry to hear this about Samson. I know he is dear to you, as dogs are family. Prayers for you to deal with his issues.

  11. I hope Samson continues to improve. We all get different things as we get older, and animals are no exception. You are taking care of him and that's important. Hang in there, Inger. What is this about Faith and Samson having a tussle? Sounds like someone got out of line. . .

  12. Poor Sampson. I'm glad that you are so diligent. He is such a beautiful dog and your love is obvious

  13. I bet Faith is staying closer to Samson than ever.

  14. How wonderful that you caught the changes early and sought treatment. I hope he continues to maintain at this level for years... and years!

  15. You are a good dog mom, staying on top of Samson's eye disease. We had a dog who was on prednisone for a long time, and he was okay. I hope that it keeps Samson's eyes healthy.

  16. I agree with KB....Samson my not have any bad effects from the medication.
    We send warm hugs to you and Samson AND of course Faith too!

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  18. Dear Inger, I hope Samson continues to improve! Samson is so lucky to have you in his life.
    And it is so good that Samson has Faith as a lovely friend too.
    Lots of hugs!

  19. Love the quote of Konrad Lorenz! Very true!


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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