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Our cousin, Ruby, had some eye challenges this week and is under the care of an canine ophthalmologist – you know, a seeing eye doc.
As a quick background for our newer readers, Tartok and Ruby are the Hu-Grandmom’s Siberians – known as the Herd Annex. They live on the other side of the valley from us and Hu-Dad joins them for dinner every other Saturday night (Hu-Grandmom comes to visit us on the alternate Saturdays).
Ruby’s eye adventure began earlier this week when she was holding her eye closed and was obviously uncomfortable. Off she went to our regular vet and then referred to a canine ophthalmologist. A whole battery of tests have been done, but, thus far, no definitive origin of the cause has been identified. We were surprised to discover that she is blind in one eye, though the doctor does not believe that is a recent development. Classic example of dogs amazing ability to adapt to their physical capabilities.
We know she has a small cataract, uveitis (inflammation of the eye), and glaucoma (pressure in the eye), but these appear to be more symptoms than cause. The symptoms are being treated with eye drops – four different kinds – each given from 2 to 4 times a day.
As you can imagine, Ruby is less than excited about all of those eye drops, though she has been a real trooper about them. Fortunately, by treating the symptoms, Ruby is feeling much better and was her usual self at dinner last night.
She will continue on the treatments this week and see the ophthalmologist again later this week. For now, all is well.
Except for Hu-Dad’s “seeing eye doc” joke. That’s still real bad.
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