It’s been such a long week, I can’t even begin to tell you. You know when it gets off to a great start, and you think: “Hurrah, finally – I can actually get things done this week!” Then one thing happens and everything else goes out the window. Yeah, that’s this week in a nutshell…
After that happy-go-lucky intro, I imagine you’re dying to know what happened. If you follow my socials (which, if you don’t, head to the menu bar at the top), you’ll have seen I’ve been back and forth to the vets with Toby because he’s got a bad eye. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t begrudge it one bit, and I’d rather be absolutely shattered after running around with him for the past however many days than have him in pain. But it could have been a lot worse, and I wanted to write about what happened because apparently its fairly common, but it could have been a whole lot worse.
Basically, if you know Toby you’ll know he’s one of those dogs that doesn’t show any pain whatsoever. He’s also not the brightest – much as I like to think he’s a genius – and I think years of bumping into things and hobbling all over the place have made him feel pretty indestructible. What that means, though, is it’s near impossible to know when he’s in pain. And, because he’s not the best when it comes to coordination and always looks pissed off, you just have to kind of go with it.
So on Sunday, we noticed he wasn’t fully opening his left eye, and there was quite a bit of discharge in it – more so than usual. That wasn’t too unusual, because he has drops to help reduce it anyway, so we just assumed he was having a bit of an off day, wiped them, and let him get on with it. Behaviour-wise, he was fine. However, it carried on, and the next day it seemed to have gotten worse and, after another 24 hours, it had started to go cloudy and a white spot appeared in the middle of the pupil. That’s when we knew something was wrong.
Anyway, long story short we phoned the vet on Wednesday morning and got a same-day appointment – thank God. As soon as I put him on the counter I could tell something serious was wrong – and I kind of knew what to expect, because I couldn’t resist a quick Google search. Turns out he has a pretty aggressive ulcer in his eye, which was growing fast and was quite painful. In fact, when the vet told me that, I had to explain the whole not showing any pain thing – like, he was shocked Toby wasn’t in agony over it.
Whether he was or not, however, I was personally relieved; not only because we’d caught it early enough that there was a good chance it could be sorted with a set of drops and medication, but also because, if it was growing fast and was still in the early stages, it meant he hadn’t had it for long. After giving him a good check over, we were sent home with two sets of drops, which he’s basically alternating between every 2 hours – yes, it’s intense. He also did a blood test – to check his kidneys because of his age – which came back clear, meaning he can take a strong painkiller/anti-inflammatory. And if that wasn’t enough, he has to wear a cone 24/7 for the next 7 days.
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The reason I’m writing this is really because, if you have a pug, frenchie, or any dog with protruding eyes, and they seem to be in discomfort, make sure you get them checked out ASAP. As much as Toby’s doing OK now, we’re still having to be so careful, because if the ulcer ruptures it could blind him. And the longer it’s left without treatment, the more likely that is to happen. Honestly, the whole thing really has shaken me.
Even if you can’t see anything wrong, don’t be afraid to have them checked out anyway. It was only after a couple of days that we could see the ulcer in his eye, but if it’s far gone enough to be impacting them, it’ll be visible through the vet’s tools. Since it’s almost Halloween, I’ve included the pic of Toby with the green dye in his eye, which made the ulcer show up even more. (I also kinda wish I could get him doggy contacts, because he has the perfect eyes for them and it would make October a whole lot more fun – especially based on the looks we got on the tube home!)
Anyway, right now things are looking good. Toby saw the vet again this afternoon and his eye looks clear, there’s no reaction and the ulcer is shrinking. He’s got over trying to take the cone off with his paws and is happy to chill out and get treats every time he has his drops done (its basically a conveyor belt). And me – well, its the weekend and the vets are shut… I’m gonna kick back, drink some wine, and pray for a more chilled week next week!
Have a good one!