what’s been going on

About 10 days ago, as I was leaving for work, I noticed there was something wrong with the pup’s eye. Since it wasn’t better when I got home I took her to Angell that night. Vet couldn’t find any cause for what she saw, so we scheduled follow ups with specialists the next day.

The mystery continued as her eye continued to get worse (diagnosis was uveitis) but no cause could be found. Test after test came back negative. After a day at Angell for poking and proding, we were sent home with steroids, pain meds, anti-biotics (oral and ointment for the eye), etc. Every three hours I was shoving something down her throat or dropping it in her eyes. We tested for tick-borne diseases, paracites, bacterial infections. Did bloodwork. Did ultrasounds and aspirations to see it it was cancer. Nothing. Every single test came back normal.

Next step was to take a sample of eye fluid. I dropped her off and a few hours later the ophthalmologist called me to recommend removing the eye. Despite medicating for a week (we were over treating for any possibility we could think of) it was worse. I agreed immediately, having gone through the thought process earlier in the week. A happy, thriving one-eyed dog is better than an over-medicated (yet still in pain) black furry log (not a typo), or no dog at all.

The surgery was Thursday. After a few complications (nothing too concerning given her age and all that she has been through), I brought her home tonight. When the tech brought her out to me, I cried. The tech thought it was because of the wound (which is rather scary and dramatic looking with all the swelling), and started reassuring me. I quickly stopped her and sad no, I was just happy to see the pep in her step again. It had been so long since I had seen it and that they were actually tears of joy and relief.

We’ve got a long road of recovery ahead of us, and we are still waiting on the eye pathology results. But the pup is back home and showing signs of her wonderful, gentle, uplifting, personality through the pain meds. And that’s the best gwfgwf present of all time.


~ by Kat on December 19, 2009.

5 Responses to “what’s been going on”

  1. Oh, the poor dear! And poor you! I’m so glad the pup is on the mend and that you’re back together again.

  2. Poor JtP – you have had a time of it, haven’t you?! I hope you are feeling better soon and can give your mom plenty of calming licks.

  3. awww – I just love that photo of her – what a “light” in her face and eyes 🙂 FX for a speedy recovery – it sounds like an emotional and eventful few weeks but I’m glad to hear that she’ll be back to her peppy self and happy as ever soon. That’s all you want – is for them to be there old selves, no matter how many eyes they have!

  4. Whew! I’m so glad she’s home 🙂

  5. This is such an ordeal for you both! I’m so glad to hear she’s on the road to being herself again. Good luck and peaceful vibes are being sent your way!

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