Bodhi doesn’t get nearly as much attention here as some of our other critters, in large part because he is a daddy’s dog and mommy writes the blog, but today he’s the center of attention.
Yesterday morning Marley noticed that Bodhi was squinting in his left eye and that the usual white color (Bodhi was born blind) was now brown. There was a bit of discharge as well. And my vet taught me never ever to fool with eye stuff, so Bodhi saw the vet last evening. (So glad we could get an appointment before what is expected to be a major snow event today!)
The pressures in a dog’s eye should be no higher than 25 and the pressure in his left eye was 70 – yikes!! And the brown color of the eye was blood. So one unhappy and painful eye. He has two eye meds for the moment and a pain med, but we are scheduling him for an eye enucleation (removal) as soon as feasible. Being blind, we’re not saving anything, and he will be scads more comfortable with it gone.
The pressure in his other eye was about 28, which is also high, but we are hoping to be able to reduce that and keep the eye, only because he has a medication for his diabetes insipidus that is an eye drop that supplies his missing hormone, given twice a day. Without it, he will simply leak urine all the time.
The challenges of an older dog! Bodhi is probably close to 9, which is certainly senior for a large dog, but hopefully we can get this all under control so he has some good years ahead still. Keep your paws crossed for the poor guy.