Sorry to hear this, hugs to you and Roofie.
I have a few things you may want to do, first contact the Schnauzer Club of Great Britain health co-ordinator and tell him as much as you can about Roofie, his eyes, what the vet has said, who his parents are (you'll need his registration papers to give their kennel names) and who bred him and when. He will add this to the information he holds about affected miniature schnauzers and the SCGB are currently one of the breed clubs working with the Animal Health Trust into finding out the genetics behind the eye diseases to develop a DNA test. The health co-ordinator is Tony McDermott
Please put Schnauzer Health in the subject line.
This is from Tony's Health Matters summary in 2009;
"What should I do if my Dog has problems?
If your dog is diagnosed with any of these eye problems or any other, it is in the interest of all Miniature Schnauzers, to advise The Schnauzer Club of Great Britain, Northern Schnauzer Club or the Miniature Schnauzer Club, and the breeder.If my dog is diagnosed with CHC, HC or PRA, why should we tell anyone?
Things occur even in the most carefully planned breeding programmes; it is only through exchange of information that will we eventually eradicate these problems from our favourite breed. It is important to tell the owners of the sire and dam, because neither parent should be bred from again. Also, it is important to tell owners of the other puppies in the litter, because those should not be bred from."
Tony will then probably put you on to the Animal Health Trust. (http://www.aht.org.uk/
) who are in the process of collecting DNA samples in order for them to find out which genes are responsible for the eye diseases in schnauzers.
In addition, you say this came on suddenly but I wonder how true that is, dogs are fantastic at hiding all sorts of problems and she may well have hidden this for several weeks or months - he clearly knows the layout of your house from memory already and I imagine alot of how he behaves on walks is dictated by his ears and nose. It sounds horrible to think that you may have missed tiny signs that all was not well but it is very possible and that does not make you a bad owner. The reason I say this is not to make you feel terrible but to offer some hope - if he has managed to hide this from you, the person that knows him best, I think he will be OK. The kids will learn not to leave things out that might hurt him, you'll learn how to best manage outside and Rufus will carry on in his happy, smell and sound filled world. Dogs live in the moment, he will not miss his eyes. A dogs primary senses are smell and sound, he will still hear you come home, he will still stand behind you whilst you prep his dinner sniffing in tail-wagging appreciation and he will still want to go on walks to have a sniff at the verges and lamposts that make up the Daily Dog newspaper.
Suzie wrote:Hugs to Rufus. I am sure with your love and care he will be just fine... he will be loving all the extra cuddles I am sure.
Just out of curiosity - with schnauzers being prone to eye problems, is there anything you can give them eg. a supplement with their food to attempt to prevent this kind of thing in advance?
Not that is known about. Mini's can inherit one of tree eye conditions and all lead to blindness. There is currently no cure or preventative and we do not have a definitive DNA test yet but that is being worked on. That is why it is so important to make sure that puppies come from a long line of eye tested ancestors - it's the best chance you have of having a puppy that is not affected although it is no guarantee.
Cara and Mo, two black mini's and Molly a black & white Heinz 57 all served by Elaine, the cook, poop picker, and chief toy thrower.
I live by the Mini Schnauzer code; when in danger or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout!