SARDS Corner is devoted to helping patients and their owners by providing information on how to successfully treat SARDS. This section provides all my many clinical findings, including many different case studies of SARDS, plus stories and testimonials by owners of SARDS dogs.

At this time, much of the veterinary profession does not believe there is a treatment for SARDS and after a diagnosis of SARDS is made, the owners are often told to go home and learn to live with a blind dog. The veterinary profession does believe that SARDS is an autoimmune disease, but what they do not realize is that without correcting this autoimmune disease, other autoimmune diseases and cancer will end the SARDS patient’s life relatively soon.

There is an urgency to get this autoimmune disease controlled and corrected because blindness will not be the last problem that will occur. The longer a dog with SARDS is allowed to go untreated, the sooner that patient will die.

It has become very apparent that the owners of SARDS dogs are struggling to decide which of several different treatment programs to follow.

Most of those SARDS owners that have worked with their SARDS pets successfully, agree that the endocrine immune diagnostic protocol, does identify the cause of SARDS.

What is not agreed to is, is which treatment program will be the most successful.

If the treatment program you and your veterinarian have chosen to use is not successful, it is time to consider a proper treatment protocol that will be successful.

There are a number of veterinarians that have used my protocol very successfully, and they are available by contacting National Veterinarian Diagnostic Services at

My treatment protocol does work and if it can be started within a week or two after the SARDS diagnosis has been made, the patient will have sight returned 85 to 90% of the time.

If the SARDS diagnosis was determined and not treated or treated incorrectly, if proper treatment is finally implemented within one to four months, some sort of vision will be attained in 60 to 65% of the SARDS patients.

Any SARDS patient that has not been treated or treated incorrectly for five or more months, may still have a chance for some far vision to return if a proper treatment protocol is implemented.

Note: The vision return is unpredictable, and depends on the amount of permanent retinal damage that the deregulated immune system has already caused.

As I mentioned earlier, the actual blindness is not the major problem with SARDS. The major problem is that SARDS is an autoimmune disease, and delaying or ignoring treatment and learning to “live with a blind dog”, will only enhance this endocrine immune imbalance and create further catastrophic autoimmune diseases including cancer.

Unless my treatment protocol is followed exactly, please do not expect good results!

At the bottom of this page, there is information on how and where to send a proper blood sample, which will indicate how to treat SARDS successfully.

If you or your veterinarian needs help or need to discuss the proper treatment for your SARDS patient, please go to and under GET HELP, go to Contact Dr. Plechner.

If you want to verify that your veterinarian is using my proper protocol, please contact me for confirmation.  Sadly, I've recently received reports from pet owners who thought their dogs were being treated with my protocol, when in fact my treatment was altered or a completely different therapy was administered and their dogs were not helped.


I fortunately have been involved with more than 100 cases of SARDS worldwide, to date. I have found that all SARDS patients have a similar measurable, endocrine immune imbalance which definitely can be corrected, even though the veterinary ophthalmologist says there is no cure for SARDS and “go home and learn to live with a blind dog”.

It is necessary to have a veterinary ophthalmologist diagnose SARDS with an electroretinogram (ERG), which will be close to a flat line. Once a SARDS diagnosis has been established by the veterinary ophthalmologist, a special endocrine immune blood test will identify the cause of SARDS.

After the test results return that support the fact the pet has SARDS, It may be necessary to see a veterinary internist, endocrinologist or immunologist to help decide what the best treatment will be.

Based upon treating many SARDS patients, I have realized that the key to having vision returned to a SARDS patient, will depend on the ability of the SARDS owner to identify the loss of vision in their pet as soon as possible. Our pets have the senses and abilities to adapt to vision loss for a long time before they have lost enough vision that it becomes apparent to their owner. The longer the owner takes to recognize their pet’s vision loss, the greater the chance of permanent retinal damage. From an owner and veterinary  perspective, the sooner the vision loss is noticed by the  owner, and the sooner proper testing and treatment can be  initiated, the greater the chance for the SARDS patients to  recover some sight, even if it only far sight.

Since SARDS is an autoimmune disease, vision loss may be the least of the SARDS patient’s problems. Due to delayed treatment, or lack  of treatment by being told to “go home and learn how to live  with a blind dog”, will never be the answer, and may cause  the death of the pet. The longer it takes to identify and treat a SARDS patient correctly, will determine if that SARDS patient will develop other autoimmune diseases, including cancer. I have realized that there is an urgency in diagnosing and treating the endocrine immune imbalance for a SARDS patient, because the longer you wait, the greater the chances that other autoimmune disease and cancer will happen, or have already happened, and that proper therapy may be too late to help.

These are just my thoughts after treating a hundred or more SARDS patients, which I wanted to share with you.


Dr. AL Plechner

NOTE: SARDS is an autoimmune disease that is caused by an endocrine immune imbalance. Unfortunately, other autoimmune diseases and cancer may precede the loss of vision.

Hopefully SARDS will not be the only condition treated, because there may be other terminal diseases that have begun earlier than the SARDS. No matter what has occurred previously, the SARDS imbalance needs be corrected as soon as possible.

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