|Barked: Mon Apr 13, '09 3:02pm PST |
|What's stopping you from removing the eye?
Vance had a benign tumor in the globe of his eye that pretty much destroyed it. And that's what it really came down to - Why would I want to leave a diseased eye in him? We just kinda did it and never looked back (no pun intended). About a week elapsed between tumor discovery and removal, during which I was mostly scrambling to collect money.
She already can't see and there's no chance of repairing the eye, so nothing will change for her in that regard. She is in pain, even though she may not show much of it - dogs often hide their pain. I'm guessing she's at risk for complications as well. I guarantee you she is not concerned about her physical appearance.
I did decide to put in an internal prosthetic, since many facial muscles are supported by the globe of the eye. The prosthetic simply keeps his face from looking sunken in. From a medical perspective, it's purely cosmetic. I think there is psychological value to it though. I did not want him to have to deal with disgust from humans and fear from other dogs because he didn't look right. If he had a coat that could hide his face, I may not have done it. But he's got short fur, and this turned out well. Most people don't even realize the eye is actually not there.
Yeah, surgery sucks. And it looks hideous for like three weeks while the swelling goes down, the bruising fades, and the incision heals up. Depending on when you pick her up, you may have to do cold compresses to keep swelling down. Other than that, it's just wearing an E collar until the stitches come out. It sucks, but you get past it.
And the sooner you do it, the sooner you are past it. And once you're past it, you'll wonder why you didn't do it right away.
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