There is a picture below but it isn’t gross but if you don’t want to see her . . don’t look! I dreaded seeing her and when I did, I was taken aback but within half an hour or so, I was fine. I’m more worried about her hurting herself now. It all has to be terribly tender.
We picked her up at the vet, came home, took her out, then fed her, then she played a bit and has seen sleeping. I doubt she slept well at the vet last night. The vet said he sat with her for a while and she got used to him and seemed to feel more comfortable but nothing like being in her own little bassinet right next to our bed I’m sure.
It was three years ago almost to the day when Rita was diagnosed with glaucoma. I had taken her to our regular vet several times because her eyes were watering and she seemed to be keeping them shut. Every time, he told me it was allergies, to buy OTC allergy drops and use those. After the third time, I went to a different vet. He gave me an ointment and told me to come back in a week (I think it was a week) so I did. At that time, he told me he was afraid she had glaucoma and we needed to take her to a pet ophthalmologist. We went to one in Austin, they checked her pressure and it was over 100. I can’t remember what it’s supposed to be but I’m thinking 18 is getting way too high. They also confirmed that she had already lost the sight in both eyes and suggested removing her eyes. Of course . . you know what I did – stood there and cried like a baby.
They did give us drops to use to control the pain/pressure and wanted to have the pressure re-checked once a month. No way were we going back to Austin once a month! There are several vets in the Dallas area who can check pressure but we weren’t going there either. I called around and found one in Abilene who could do it. We’ve tweaked her meds, added a third drop and religiously gone to Abilene once a month for her eye check, coordinating our doctor appointments on the same day as Rita’s appointments but since COVID we have not been to Abilene. We had plenty of drops and have continued to use them but, even the last few times we had gone to Abilene, here eyes had started to look crusty and we had been told they could rupture from the pressure getting too high or because of deterioration of the eye over time.
Removing her eyes was the only sure fix and, even though she was blind, I just couldn’t bring myself to do that. I liked the vet in Abilene ok but the vet I liked the most in that office had left and I never felt right about getting them to remove her eyes. I’m not sure if it’s because of how I felt about the vet or the fact that we’d be two hours away if something happened after we brought her home and we had to race back over there.
I called the larger vets in our town to see if any of them would do it and none of them would.
Then I remembered that Nicole’s mom’s dog was injured and needed her eye removed. I couldn’t remember if it happened or if it healed without being removed so I called them, they gave me the name of the vet who was going to remove, called them and them and they said they could do it so we had planned to go there, spend a couple of weeks, get Rita’s eyes removed there.
When we had the cats at the vet, I asked the vet we have been using here in town, who is the same guy who thought Rita had glaucoma and sent us to Austin with her, if he does it and he does!
Here’s the really weird part and I guess a lot of it has to do with living in the city or in the country. The Austin vet . . Vince and I disagree on the cost there. I think they quoted $6,000 to remove her eyes, Vince thinks it was $8,000. The vet in Abilene – it was either $2,000 or $2,500. The vet here . . $500. The cost was not an issue, though $500 was way better than $6,000. If we had not felt the vet here was competent, we would not have let him do it but we like him a lot. He is old school (he’s an old guy!) and he has been good with Boots, Rita and Cat so we didn’t hesitate to have him do the surgery.
She doesn’t seem to be in distress and has been up, ate again since I started this post and seems fine. She’ll get her stitches out in about 10 days.