Mama says it just looks like I’m always winkin’ at her. Since I’m a little sassy and saucy, yeah… I can have a permanent wink!
Not quite all of my hair and whiskers have grown back yet, but I think I look pretty good! That left side really itches right now, ‘cuz Mama says the last of the stitches are dissolving and leaving those little bitty bits to itch.
This one-eye thing doesn’t slow me down at all. I don’t get what all the fuss is about. It took me a couple of days to get used to not really having any depth perception, but that’s about it. I went down the slippery, icy steps in a funky slide-hop, but I did that so Gretchen would have a path to walk down. As you can see from this photo, I was wide open coming back up.
Monday, we girls trooped back up to see the nice folks at the eye place. Gretchen still hasn’t gotten to meet any of them. I was really happy to see her when we got back to the car, but honestly? I kinda’ enjoy being the center of attention, you know? I met another doctor, and he gave Mama some very specific instructions about my right eye and future appointments. I’ll have her tell you all about that though… details bore me!
Mama here. We did have a great visit at the eye clinic. Sis’s right eye is holding its own, and we have a precise plan for the next couple of years. I’ll take her to our local vet for eye pressure checks every few weeks, and then quarterly, we’ll go see the good folks at the eye clinic. We’ll go back again in March, just to be safe, and we’ll carry her cute purple bag with that eye-saving glycerin with us everywhere she goes. Should her pressure jump up above 20, we’ll consider it an emergency, even though 20 is still firmly within the normal pressure range. Those of you who know me realize I like having minute details, so this plan suits me quite well.
In the meantime, we’re trying to get the word out about canine glaucoma, especially for bassets, jack russells, beagles, pugs, cockers, etc. – the breeds prone to this vicious problem. If you’d like a little blurb to share with your local rescue, breed club or what have you, let me know. Sissy’s surgeon is on board and is willing to work up something we can all share to spread the word.
Eventually, I’ll create a separate canine glaucoma information page here, or move all of us to our own website so that I have unlimited resources – so to speak. In the meantime, get your pets’ eyes checked, and while you’re there, talk to your own vet about glaucoma. Ask if they can check eye pressures. Yet again, I’m singing the praises of our vet practice, because the DO have the high-dollar “thingee” that the specialists use to check pressures, and Supervet did diagnose Sis’s glaucoma so that we were able to ease Sis’s pain and attack the glaucoma head-on.
I want to be clear; unless we had caught Sis’s original “spike” in pressure in the first few hours of her attack, the outcome would have been the same. There is NOTHING we or our local vet could have done any differently; Sis had permanent damage to her eye from that very first visit on December 27th. Both specialists we’ve seen agree that NO ONE at an emergency clinic would have caught the glaucoma either, because frankly… it doesn’t present as emergent. Only now that I know PRECISELY what to watch for do we have a fighting chance to save the right eye IF (when?) a serious pressure spike happens.
But that’s information for another day, once I’ve rounded up the resources and really feel well-versed enough to “speak” on the matter. Happy Dogs on Thursday!