Eye Problems - The Good Vets
Finding a good vet is not an easy task. From what you read above, you may be able to tell that I did not receive the correct diagnosis and treatment for my eyes. It turned out that I had dry eyes - keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS).
You can learn more about it from this site KCS.
The symptoms started with a white gooey discharges from my eyes that looked like sap clinging to my cornea. Once the mucus was sitting on my eyelids, it would turn yellow within seconds. This is when an inexperience vet might think it was an eye infection. My previous vet said that if the discharge was white, it was not a problem. She was totally wrong. The mucus appeared clear, gray, white, and a murky tan. When it was tan, the problem was at its worst and the discharge was constant. The mucus was irritating and interfered with my vision. My eyelids swelled because of my rubbing them.
Well mom gave my previous vet a second chance to treat me. Even that effort failed. So off to the eye doctor I went. The one I visited, was not the best in his field. He did not perform any test, he only looked at my eyes, determined there was some swelling on the eyelids, and prescribed some pills for me to take every day for the rest of my life. The medicine did nothing for my problem and the problem was getting worst. His diagnosis was bilateral blephartis and discharge. How could he had been so wrong.
Well mom trusted his skills, but she kept searching the Internet for the symptoms I was experiencing. Three weeks after seeing an eye doctor, dad thought that it was time to take me to another vet. Mom was only convinced of this, when one night I was so miserable that I could not sleep. I rubbed my head and my eyes relentlessly. By this time, she knew what my problem was and the steps needed to treat it. So the next day she was on the phone calling my earth angel Holly for a veterinarian recommendation. Holly paused before sharing her secret, but she could hear the choking tears in mom voice that said I deserved better.
After 4 months of unsuccessful treatments, I now have a new vet. He went through all the necessary test to determine what was going on with me and how to approach treating me. I even marked my turf in his office, so he would know that mom finally made the right choice. He is a good, compassionate, experience veterinarian, whose been treating animals for many, many years. He even offered to clean my eyes everyday at no charge. Since I live more than 20 miles away, mom has to do it. It's a challenge for her, but she gets better at it everyday. Even though mom went to my new vet more educated about eye problems, she never had to disclose to him what she learned.
If your pet has eye problems, don't waste time and energy taking him to a vet, who has demonstrated their inexperience in veterinarian care. There are good vets out there, so ask someone for a recommendation. KCS can cause permanent eye damage, if left untreated or treated improperly. It can even lead to blindness. So don't toy with your pets eyes. Seek help immediately.
See Dr. Bob's contact info on the Recommendation List.
Well my new vet may know his stuff, but I still had to see another ophthalmologist about a different eye problem that developed. Dr. Weigt and I finally met. She is a fashionable young woman with red hair. Mom was expecting an older, gray-hair, stout female. However, she was not dismay by the appearance of a young vet with two kids, two dogs, and two cats. Even though she has everything in two's, I think she only has one husband and one horse.
Dr. Weigt felt that mom should share what I am going though with others and my breeder. So here's the deal. Lens Luxation is an hereditary eye problem for the Terrier breed. It is the actual detachment of the eye lens from its socket. The lens lands somewhere in the iris and floats around interfering with normal eye activity.
Surgery is usually suggested, but is not the only approach. The cost of surgery is about $1000. And there is no guarantee that there will be any vision in the eye after the procedure, because the iris can get damaged during the operation, leaving the pet blind in the eye, or glaucoma can develop later despite the lens removal. This of course would require another surgery.
After weighting all the options that Dr. Weigt gave mom, she prayed over it, did her healing thing (now that she knows what to do), and decided not to have my lens removed. It was not mom lack of faith in Dr. Weigts knowledge and experience that moved her to that decision. It was her personal experience with other specialist who misdiagnosed me in the past and she wanted to know more.
Mom knows that if the lens need to come out, it will be removed. As you know my mom believes in the power of prayer. There was a time when she could not treat me. I bit her each time she put ointment in my eyes. However, she was relentless and determined. So she prayed about it for months. Then one day, she was given an answer. When she tried the solution, it worked. And many months later, she now treats me twice a day without a scratch. So no one can convince her that the power of God is not working with her and her intentions. The one thing about healing energy, is that it does not perform surgery, align broken bones, or act as an antibiotic. But it does facilitate the healing process, stop pain, and stomach upset. It does other things, but mom is still learning about those.
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