Sunday, July 3, 2016

Dolly's Canine Eye Trouble

Rob and Dolly at the eye specialist
A couple of weeks ago, our Weimaraner Dolly showed signs of irritation in her left eye. It appeared red, so we

took her to the vet immediately. After about 10 days the redness and irritation didn't go away so we took her to "Eye Care for Animals" an opthamologist for dogs. It was a good decision.
  (Thanks to our friend Susan for recommending the place and giving us the info).

It turns out Dolly has a couple of things going on. First, she's 11 years old, so she's aging (gracefully I might add). 
1) Cloudiness in her eyes and that's "Age-related endothelial degeneration."
It's the loss of those types of cells from inside the cornea. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? - Those cells control the level of fluid in your cornea and the loss of it causes cloudiness.
  SO - She's got eye drops to help partially clear the cloudiness.
Dolly was so patient during treatment

2) Her left eye has a "Refractory Ulcer." That's a loss of cells on the surface of the eye. So, they scraped her eye of the unhealthy tissue (a "diamond burr superficial keratotomy).  That scraping exposed healthier tissue under the ulcer and helps heal (about 85% of the patients). Then they put in a contact lens to help it heal. She gets a different set of drops for that eye. It takes about 10-12 days to heal, so then it's back for a follow up visit after that.

If your dog is favoring an eye that continues to be red despite Tobramycin, take them to a dog eye care specialis and DON'T WAIT.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next