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|07-16-2020, 03:40 PM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Southwest Oregon, heart left in Alaska
Blog Entries: 1
Enucleation - when it's absolutely necessary
Just wanted to post an update on Jenna, my 12 yo baby. As of the 8th of July, her vet left our practice and moved out of state. She was supposed to enucleate Jenna on that day, but I couldn't gather the funds for the surgery in time. The opinion of her vet and her ophthalmologist is that at least he left eye should be enucleated because the pressure in it is up in the high 20's to 30 and that is painful. My vet wanted to remove both eyes to spare us extra expense and additional surgery, but the ophthalmologist wasn't on board that both needed to go. She may still have light reaction in the right eye, but the cornea is showing some vascular involvement and now has a 'shadow' in the same area that we're going to have another vet see her for on the 27th.
We're not sure how much Jenna hears, but in the hopes that her right eye may yet be saved I'm not fully behind removing both her eyes unless it's absolutely necessary, as in the case of unresolved infection or cancer. What do you think? Would you bilaterally enucleate a 12 yo Yorkie or would you just enjoy your time with her until the pain cannot be controlled and then let her go? Personally I can't see ending her life over this if eye removal could improve her QOL, but has anyone here ever dealt with an eyeless dog? She has terrible anxiety when I'm not around her and while she might be able to scent me out better without daily eyedrops (they really seem to impact her olfactory senses) would she be even more anxious without at least a little light getting through the remaining eye if I only have one removed?
Jenna has struggled with hypermature cataracts in both eyes for almost 2 years now and the prognosis is that this condition is starting to fail to respond to topical treatment.
My primary concern is that she not be in pain and that her health not be compromised, physical and mental. Any thoughts on this dilemma? It's had me horribly conflicted for a long time now and I'm still trying to raise enough money to at least pay for the sacrifice of the most painful eye.
Thanks to all in advance.
Jenna Bean ~ ~ An angel on four legs Sometimes I wonder who rescued who?
|07-16-2020, 11:35 PM||#2|
Resident Yorkie Nut Donating YT 20K Club Member
Join Date: Sep 2006
I'm so sorry...so upsetting. My Teddy Bear recently had glaucoma come on suddenly . Enucleation was discussed IF the eye drops didn't work. Thankfully he responded and the pressure started coming down .. his eye is now shrinking. They said the other eye might do the same...so far it has not. Teddy has multiple medical issues and is 14 years old .. I already had decided I would let him go before I would remove an eye.
It is a very personal decision and really depends on the pup. This has been very hard on Teddy as it is; and I am not so sure he would handle anesthesia well. He is high risk for anesthesia.
I wish you well in your decision. So sorry Jenna has to go through this.
|07-17-2020, 08:16 AM||#3|
Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Apr 2020
Location: North Carolina, USA
I don’t have any close experience with this but, through rescue work, I know of many cases where dogs and cats have had eyes removed, either due to illness or injury. Other than the risks involved with the surgery, I don’t think there’s much difference between how an animal adjusts to eye removal vs how an animal adjusts to blindness without eye removal. Animals, in general, handle blindness quite well ... far better than they handle continuous pain. And — perhaps I’m wrong here, but — I don’t think an animal’s adjustment would be much different to being totally blind vs having a tiny amount of light & shadow in one eye. I don’t see why the tiny amount of light & shadow would be emotionally comforting in any way. So, if it were my decision, I would probably weigh the emotional cost and health risk of continuing discomfort and a possible second surgery as worse than losing that tiny bit of light & shadow.
It’s totally a personal decision, of course. No one is going to criticize you for taking whichever path you decide is best for your pup. I’m sorry your pup is going through this, but please don’t torture yourself over it. Make the best choice you can among the poor choices you’ve been given, and then remember you did your best.
|07-17-2020, 10:52 AM||#4|
YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Kissimmee, FL
Reading your post brought tears to my eyes. I am not able to give you any information, and I would not want to advise you on so personal a matter. You are doing the best that you can...pursuing both medical information and advice, and I hope that you will be able to reach an informed decision which will bring you peace. Unfortunately, as our beloved little ones come to their final years/days, we must often make difficult and painful decisions regarding their welfare. I will keep you and Jenna in my thoughts.
Joy...Mommy to Tyrone and Gus
r.i.p. beloved Ozzie and Tucker, and Beauregarde the poodle
|08-03-2020, 12:46 AM||#6|
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: New Zealand
Hope you are ok, I had the same decision with my nearly 17 year old silkie. He had Cushings and had lost his life partner 1 year before. He was deaf for a while before going blind and when he lost the last of his sight was so anxious not being able to sense me. It was unbearable for him and myself. We decided to let him go as he had no quality of life. Hugz to you.