Helpful information regarding Sudden Acute Retinal Degeneration Syndrome (SARDS)

Posted by Dr. Al Plechner on 1st Jun 2017

Dr. Al Plechner:


Sudden Acute Retinal Degeneration Syndrome is becoming more prevalent in dogs daily because their gene pool is becoming too similar due to structure breeding as opposed to function breeding or miss breeding practices.

A definitive diagnosis will come from a veterinary ophthalmologist who will do an electrical stimulation test of your dog’s retina.

Unfortunately veterinary medicine believes at this point in time, the cause and treatment for SARDS is unknown.

I have found the cause and treatment for SARDS through many years of clinical practice and encourage pet owners to have this problem diagnosed as soon as possible to help stop the permanent damage and the autoimmunity the may follow.

The development of SARDS comes from an autoimmune disease that is caused by an endocrine immune imbalance.

This imbalance is easily identified by doing a simple blood test that will provide the answers that are necessary for proper treatment a SARDS patient.

However, to attain accurate laboratory results, the blood sample must be handled in a specific manner and sent to a specific laboratory.

Unfortunately at this time, most veterinary laboratories do not have the proper equipment to attain accurate results.

If your dog has developed SARDS and you are interested in further information, please go to for the actual test, the proper laboratory and handling of the laboratory sample including a more in depth article on SARDS.

My only hope will be to provide for you and your SARDS dog the actual cause and treatment for this sad, autoimmune disease.

These are just some of my thoughts.


Dr. Al Plechner