Eye trouble means a trip to the Veterinary Ophthalmology Doctor. Mom has never been before but our regular vet said we needed to see the doctor there. Dr. Olivero is very good and originally I had to wait five months for an appointment. Thankfully Mom was able to call and get things moved up so I only had to wait two months.
We are early risers at my house but getting up at three in the morning is still a bit much! We had an appointment at seven and could not be late. Mom had to walk and feed us all before we left, and that all takes time. Going to the doctor in the dark is kind of weird.
What is wrong with my eyes?
What is wrong with my eyes? It all started back in October when Mom noticed my eyes were red. Next our navigator noticed white tube like things in each eye on our Michigan trip. When Mom saw those she got worried. People we don’t even know comment on my eyes too because I look like I haven’t slept in days. That makes Mom upset. Even taking photos is hard these days because a lot of times my eyes come out too red.
Since she was worried, Mom made an appointment for me with my vet for the day after we returned from Michigan. He didn’t know what it was and the medicine I received didn’t help at all. After researching for several days, he settled on a diagnosis of eversion of the third eyelid. This is something rare and would need to be taken care of by a specialist.
What exactly is this eversion of the third eyelid? It is fairly rare, but normally happens in large and giant breed dogs. During the big growth spurt in the first year of life, the third eyelid grows a bit too long and rolls up like a window shade. This is what makes the white tube like thing. It doesn’t hurt me, but it doesn’t look nice at all. These are photos of my eyes.
The doctor at the veterinary ophthalmology clinic explained it all to me and Mom in detail. It is not a genetic thing for my breed which is good. He did a bunch of eye tests on my eyes. Mom was shocked because I stood still on the table and barely moved for almost ten minutes during my exam.
What is the solution?
Surgery is the only way to fix this problem which is mainly cosmetic. Since I’m so young and I have my whole life ahead of me, Mom and I decided to have the surgery. I will go in first thing in the morning and go home later in the day. It will take about four weeks for my eyes to completely heal. The first ten days I have to wear a cone and get medicine in my eyes four times a day. When it is all done and healed up, I will be my normal self again.
It will be rough not playing wild for a couple weeks but it will be nice to have normal eyes once again. The timing is good because I will be able to start sports in April, and I can also return to the show ring.
We are super thankful for having such a good veterinary ophthalmology doctor close to where we live. Dr. Olivero really knows his way around a dog’s eyes. Mom and I are very comfortable having him fix up my eyes. We have a big road trip in February, and when we return it will be surgery time. Being busy until my surgery will keep us all from worrying a lot.
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