Bear was scheduled for eye surgery tomorrow where they cut into the cornea and remove a deep layer of the ulcer from his eye.
I had made the initial appointment with the ophthalmologist weeks ago when his eye looked nearly as bad as the attached image.
In the meantime his eye has improved immensely to the point where he does not rub at it any more, the third eyelid is not up all the time, it isn't runny and he doesn't grit his teeth when I clean it - the ulcer is much smaller and the cornea is nearly all smooth again.
It actually was much improved when the specialist vet saw him but he still recommended the surgery or a less invasive one for only $600.00 but that one only had a 90% success rate - the $1600.00 one had a 100% success rate.
During the time between the vet visit and the appointment for tomorrow a friends husband had eye surgery.
She told me he was in excruciating pain from it. People get tons of painkillers but the poor critters they basically let "tough it out".
Bear has had so much pain in his 8 years having had to recover from two major surgeries already on his hips plus he has elbow dysplasia.
I cancelled it, I just could not do this to him now. I have to see if he can get better on his own - I have ordered some herbal supplements and eyewash that are being specially formulated for him from a place in Australia that I have used before.
I know that Scholar and the Bear and a lot of our friends from online that know and love Bear are all praying for him and sending him healing thoughts. I truly believe that it's working and you would too if you could see the difference in his eye now from how it did look.
If it does not get completely better of course we will then decide for surgery.
All prayers, positive and healing thoughts for Bear's recovery without the surgery will be much appreciated.
He is a dear, sweet, good, happy boy despite his pain.
It's never easy to to make decisions for your pets, I know that from experience.
You surprise me when you say animals don't get pain relief.
They do over here. It isn't that expensive for the tablets, the expense comes when they use equipment and of course the consultation fees.
I hope Bear's eye continues to improve, hopefully he has turned it around
I am praying for Bear right now, even as I type.
Best regards the Bear
Thank you Bear & Scholar
Mama Bear & Bear Doggy
You have try distinguish from the " Omigod what's happening" cries and the "If I do this I know I get a reaction cry" Lol.
Pets are very advanced kids, and being a part of "your pack" Know exactly how to draw attention.
It is extremely hard I know, but if in the long term it brings relief then you know it's all good.
As long as your there to nurture and look after them, they will forgive (almost) anything you do.
I bet bear feels better after his hip operation if it helped him long term.
I'm sorry that I can offer no words of encouragement or advice, Dewitch, It does make it hard to watch one you love in pain, knowing that there is aught that you can do about it. All I can say is that Bear is in the best hands with you as his Mistress! (((((Witchie))))) (((((Bear)))))
DeWitch, we haven't had a progress report on your Bear's eye. Has it improved? Or, at least, not gotten worse?
Hi there Scholar - it is much better and not bothering him at all but I guess it will never be 100% again.
It has a slight cloudy spot that will not clear up. But as I said it does not seem to bother him at all any more which is good
Thank you for asking
Well, if it doesn't bother him at all, and he has MamaBear to take care of him, he is in excellent shape.
It's not as if he has to read the newspaper, or look up numbers in the phonebook.
He needs to see well enough to find his way back inside, to find you, to find his food, and not to get into accidents. Everything beyond that is like pie for dessert--great to have, but not essential.
And congratulations, that you made the right decision in cancelling the eye surgery.
I hope Bear goes on OK, (I'm sure he will). I will be thinking of you both, please let us know as soon as he's had the operation!
As Dreamweaver has already said , it is possible to get pain relief for Bear post op. as your vet, ask him if all else fails if you can administer scaled down doses of things like paracetomol.
Regards the Bear
You take such good care of him and Boo, and the cats.
I just love them