I am now the proud owner of a one eyed dog....

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Barked: Fri Sep 7, '12 9:08pm PST 
Ralph recently had complications during a routine dental, and due to some still unknown trauma had to have his left eye removed. He is fully healed now, but I would like to hear if anyone else has had this happen, or how your one eyed dog has adjusted (especially older dogs as Ralph is getting on in years) Thanks dogsters!

Semper Vorax
Barked: Fri Sep 7, '12 10:14pm PST 
that's pretty odd. I'd figure out exactly what went wrong there. Sometimes "complications" are a fancy term for malpractice, especially if they did not contact you before doing the procedure and giving you a good reason why. Routine dentals do not include eye extractions in my book. Just what went on there?

Use your nose!
Barked: Fri Sep 7, '12 11:31pm PST 
I didn't have an eye removed from a problem with a dental, I ended up with a dead dog. The vet (who I hold no ill will towards and has done dentals on probably thousands of dogs at this point) got a little aggressive with a tooth extraction on a very frail, older chihuahua of mine and ended up cracking her skull. Like I said, no ill will towards the vet, I am sure we all underestimated just how fragile my poor old girl was. I wonder if something similar happened with your pup?

Needless to say, it caused me to start feeding raw so that I could at least limit if not eliminate the number of dentals for my remaining small, prone to poor dental health dogs.

I am glad that your pup will at least be okay, but I agree that you need to find out exactly what went wrong.


Akita Pals- Always.
Barked: Sat Sep 8, '12 12:32am PST 
So sorry to hear of Ralph's complication. I would certainly want to know what went wrong. I do know that in humans certain facial nerves if injured in some way can cause severe complications even in the most routine proceedures.
It sounds like that could have been the case here.hughughughughughugwishes
Once he is healed from the surgery Ralph should most likely learn to adapt to having only one eye,most dogs seem to manage just fine.flowers

Design jewelry,- not dogs!
Barked: Sat Sep 8, '12 6:07am PST 
Back to your original question...we have THREE dogs who are one eyed, two due to hereditary eye disease and one from an injury.
Not one of them ever reacted adversely to the missing eye, except in catching treats tossed to them. It took a few weeks but all three are now able to catch their treats with no problem!
I have a multiple dog household and it is interesting that the other, sighted dogs know to sneak up on the blind side of the one eyed guys to steal their toys. It is pretty funny to watch them when they realize the toy they had sitting in front of them has now disappeared!!!

Barked: Sat Sep 8, '12 6:55pm PST 
Well the situation goes like this, I am employed at my vet office, and due to Ralph's horrible periodontal disease ( darn yorkie mouths! ) he ended up having all his teeth removed. My boss is a wonderful vet, and everyone at work loves Ralph ( he's a great patient ). My boss noticed a cloudiness to Ralph's eye the day after surgery and immediately went to work at trying to reduce the pressure behind the eye. He not only conferred with the other vet on staff, but contacted two specialists, all of whom were stumped. They decided the best course of action was to remove the eye. My question here really comes from all these vets being stumped, and also because my house is a multi-dog house, and I truly want to be prepared for any sort of issues that arise from Ralph being half blind. Thanks for all the well wishes and responses!
Henry Miller

He's a tramp,- but they love- him!
Barked: Sat Sep 8, '12 7:42pm PST 
A friend of mine from the dog park had to have her dog's eye removed after he got a tick born infection that also infected one of his eyes. He was less than a year when this happened, but it doesn't affect him at all. He runs and plays like every other dog. My dog was diagnosed with juvenile cataracts when he was two years old--they never progressed, but I did a lot of research, and from what I understand--dogs adjust very well to blindness--especially if it's just one eye. Your baby might be a little more cautious about stairs and jumping onto the sofa, but I bet he'll be back to his old self in no time. They say dog's don't rely on sight nearly as much as scent and hearing.
Many well wishes, and I bet you won't notice much of a difference at all.

Gone, But Not- Forgotten.
Barked: Sat Sep 8, '12 8:44pm PST 
My old gal had an eye removed due to a glaucoma blowout. She did terrific after the removal. She adjusted her depth perception for play, jumping, and hunting. Her best bud even adjusted their play style by approaching the side with an eye. Dogs can manage quite well with a single eye, just give it time.
Floppy- "Floppy Girl- Angel"

Living Everyday- with a smile
Barked: Sun Sep 9, '12 6:00am PST 
I had my eye removed after experiencing interior lens luxation. I ended up getting glaucoma. Our regular vet was kind of stumped but the ophthalmologist diagnosed it in a couple of minutes.

Anyway, it didn't affect me at all. You see little things like the turn of the head or the whole body to see what's happening on the other side, but I never bumped in to anything.

I did end up losing vision in my other eye due to lens luxation, but surgery caught the glaucoma quickly enough before it appeared.

It's me GRUNT!
Barked: Sun Sep 9, '12 7:08am PST 
Grunt has had one eye since he was around 2 due to dry eye. The minute he was brought out after surgery you would have never known anything was different. He's now very old and it has never changed anything other than the occasional run-in with a wall when he turns too quickly to the right.