If hope and crossed paws can bring Jaxon home, he’ll be reunited with Shannon soon. Thank you.
Edit: Jaxon was happily reunited with his owner on Saturday. I’m SURE all the good vibrations made the difference. Thank you. You can read more here.
And evidently, we’re keeping those good vibrations happenin’. We had a very, very good day today.
Gretchen sat much like that for both trips!
First, the easy report. Wee Gretchen Greer had two fabulous rides (up and back). She got one Gravol tablet about 30 minutes prior to departure, and then one of these calming chews as we were heading out the door. (They’re from PetCo, and that’s really about all I know about them.) I gave another 30 minutes into our trip, and another roughly 2 hours later when we left the eye clinic. No groggy doggy, but a nearly content rider. Don’t know if she’s outgrowing her anxiety or if we stumbled upon the right combination. Don’t care; we’re just happy to have her not totally stressed out in the car.
Now, the Sissy report. It’s very good news. Firstly, we’ve had yet another vet go on maternity leave on us. Congrats, VisionVet! Maybe we’ll see you for our next quarterly check-up? So, we met another nice member of the eye clinic team, and she confirmed that I am a worry-wort and Sissy’s glaucoma is well under control.
I’ve never been so happy to be wrong. I’ve known most of my adult life that my intuition and I aren’t in sync, so it’s all good. For those keeping score at home, we have a new (good thing) low pressure reading for Sis; THREE. (The goal is to keep her at 15 or below.)
Obviously, we’re continuing with the Demecarium; it’s working like a champ. However, there are two changes to our arsenal. Firstly, we’ve added Pred Acetate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday to control the redness I saw and fretted over. Hem. Might just be her seasonal allergies. Might be the rather typical irritation some dogs experience with Demecarium. In fact, the eye vet we saw today prescribes Pred Acetate along with Demecarium as a preventative, so…
Do I look like I have 'roid rage?!
For the very astute, yes… Sissy has a Prednisone problem. She has ‘roid rage. However, I’ve been assured that topical pred and oral pred don’t impact the body the same way, but just the same, I was reminded that they are on call 24 hours, 7 days a week…
Last, but hardly least is some very exciting news in the world of emergency glaucoma treatment. Latanoprost is now only $14 a bottle! (Don’t ask what it cost previously. Let’s just say we kept the bottle in the fridge and petted it until it expired, okay? I think the Knight might have buried it in the boys’ garden or something…) So, I no longer have to carry the horse-syringe of glycerin with me. I just have to drop a little box with a little bottle in my purse and keep it at room temperature.
Perhaps even bigger cause for the sigh of relief is Latanoprost requires one simple drop to control the sudden pressure spike, whereas glycerin required a very complex, careful administration, along with some milk, and then there would still be vomiting most likely. (Sorry. Hope you weren’t having a snack.)
Sissy's glycerin tote
Anyone need a big, insulated, purple medication bag? Just kidding… we’re keeping it. Sissy’s grown accustomed to having her own bag.
Wee!! While the emergent care plan seems almost silly with sustained single-digit pressures in the remaining eye, we don’t have a spare. That beautiful right eyeball and its eyesight mean almost everything to this pack. Making it easy enough that we don’t need to pack administering instructions with the drug is a tremendous blessing. Making it a single drop, not a long, slow-push syringe also means that if the Knight is busy being the Chief, I don’t have to stress over how to get on the road to the eye clinic AND be the nurse all at the same time. Whew.