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Old 10-19-2012, 02:50 AM
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Hi, New Fur-Kids & Momma

Hi, found your forum tonite and was hoping to get acquainted & get some support.

Im a fur-kids Mom of Brittany, male Lhasa 11 yrs and Gizmo, male Shih-Zhu 10 yrs a/k/a "Monkey Boys" !

Having some challenges with my boys getting into later years, havent lost the puppy play, but having some health challenges.

The one most troubling is my Brit, my beautiful red/white Lhasa boy, he has eye problems, blind in left eye and I fear may be in risk of losing his eye because of degeneration of dry eye + cornea ? glaucoma problems, not sure.

I thought I would never have to face not getting the best of care for both of my fur-boys, but loss of job, motor vehicle accident and loss of pet insurance is keeping me in heightened fear of what I can do now for Brit who is in later stage of eye disease and very little support from opthamologists being prohibitive ($ eye appts alone) and meds he's needed for months now. Im heart-sick that this is happening and in spite of researching and making some contacts, options are little to none.

I found this forum in doing research about dog blindness, surgery...and I got this forum with a few of you who have your fur-loved ones who are blind....

Not sleeping tonite, lovin my boys and feeling scared and alone, and then found Holly, Amanda and are few more who I hope to talk to about my Brittany... And my heart is heavy, but maybe I wont be facing this alone

So good to find you all

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Old 10-19-2012, 08:11 PM
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Hey there Janmarie...
I'm Laurie, I don't have aging dogs with any eye problems as of yet. My oldest is a Papillon and is almost 10. I'm new to this site as of today myself, stumbled across your page as I was checking different posts out and learning how to manuver my way around here. My heart goes out to you and just wanted to let you know I was thinkin about you. Hope everything works out for you and your little "monkey-boys" Will keep you in my thoughts!
Smiles always....Laurie

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I am thinking of you! I feel so bad that your dog has the eye problem! If you would like, I can call some vets in your area and see if they will do pro bono services for your dog....there must be someone who will "step up"! know you have a lot of support from DF..
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Keeping you in my thoughts! Welcome to the forum My very first dog (a lab) was blind in one eye (born that way). I believe our member Rain's dog Shadow is blind
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Wink Laurie, hi, thanks much....

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Hey there Janmarie...
I'm Laurie, I don't have aging dogs with any eye problems as of yet. My oldest is a Papillon and is almost 10. I'm new to this site as of today myself, stumbled across your page as I was checking different posts out and learning how to manuver my way around here. My heart goes out to you and just wanted to let you know I was thinkin about you. Hope everything works out for you and your little "monkey-boys" Will keep you in my thoughts!
Smiles always....Laurie
Laurie, hello and welcome to you too !

That was so kind of you to offer your kind words & hoping things work out for my monkey boys It's nice to meet your 2 fur-friends !

It's shocking to see there are no vets willing to discount after Ive explained my situation, I used to live up north and cant believe the vets would do that in the big city I used to live in - - I live in a small metro town, but its somehow goes against the true character of medicine.

I go to clean Brittany's eye and trying to keep the bacterial infection from raging have antiobiotic ointment but it's not appropriate (enough) for what he has going on, until I can get his eye thoroughly examined - - university vet wants $200 up front to see us and exam could run $350 or more, even when he has already had some of the tests already - - to think they are a teaching vet university & in spite of explaining my situation to pay the costs at the visit and multiple payments arranged. I could be losing his eye and him I fear if this doesnt get treated. No one should be left in left field like this. Im doing more calls on Monday in hopes of finding a larger city than my town and univ vet with no option.

Well, hope to at least have someone who knows/understands what a Momma with a beautiful Lhasa fur-boy is feeling - - thanks for saying hi ! & you good wishes for my monkey boy

Have to read your intro, and chat more !
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I am thinking of you! I feel so bad that your dog has the eye problem! If you would like, I can call some vets in your area and see if they will do pro bono services for your dog....there must be someone who will "step up"! know you have a lot of support from DF..
Thanks for you kind thoughts and saying hi ! I wish I was coming on with better circumstances... I almost didn't introduce myself, but knew I needed the support, I am just heart-broken.

Oh, my you saying you could call some vets in my area...pro bono, that is quite an offer...are you connect to vets / canine folks ?

I live in a small city 400,000 metro and surrounding suburbs more, all the vets here only ability is to treat beginning stage of dry eye syndrome, not making tears, lubricants & antiobiotics basics - - this has been ongoing for over a year now, lost my insurance with Banfield (Petsmart) with loss of my job. Closest vet opthamologist is 50 miles univ vet $350 est. for scope exam and office visit, must be paid in full guaranteed prior to being seen by dr. - - no options no matter what personal situation.

I am thinking of doing trip to Jacksonville 1 hr as an option or down to Orlando/Maitland. Research & vet publications on-line tells me he's in advancing stage of keraconjunctivitis dry eye damage & read there is a antiobiotic made that cant slow down degeneration of the eye & surrounding tissue -- hopefully to safe the eye.

Evidently, it's the nature of specialist - opthamology and technical equipment, expertise, skill and fees that is the steep climb, going to do whatever I can...

Wont give up...it's really ironic I live in between two highly specialized equine vets in my town for the wealthy horse farms, central Florida...but for our canine - - have to drive an hour and with office fees $350 to start, just to be seen.

PKelley thanks for your thoughts...
And to think, I had a living will and trust/will with no children, I had dreamed of donating to people who love their dogs but can't afford certain care... and now that person is me

Praying.....there has to be a way where there seems to be no way"
Desire/Intent My Dream = supportive vets/funds/ $$$ for our feline and canine companion angels - - putting it all to rescue and medical support
that Dream is still alive, through my beloved Brittany...

ps. I am so proud of him coming into the house tonite, he misjudged the steps, and it really stifled him (most loss of his good eye?), I didnt pick him up but coached him and said come on good monkey boy...and you know he jumped higher and made it all the way up the three steps very well (I about cried)....his courage and playfulness at the park earlier and our trip for ice-cream cone...and coming home - - it's just amazing...

OMG He is such a big good boy...so proud of him...

so patient, so good, tolerating eye washes 3X , eye ointment, swabs (cotton wipes) and getting his cookies afterwards....trying to save the eye... till we find that vet - - not given up

Well, thanks again, best sign off and get myself to bed (no 3:00 am wee hrs stuff tonite
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AmandaNola, thanks

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Keeping you in my thoughts! Welcome to the forum My very first dog (a lab) was blind in one eye (born that way). I believe our member Rain's dog Shadow is blind
Thanks for your welcome and your thoughts.

I have had a dog with cataracts at one time, its amazing how well they do, more so than humans in adapting - -

I thought I had googled and so where someone had eye surgery removal, maybe not - -

I fear that is where this is going. Brit has lost I think most of his vision in the eye (his other eye, good one, has I think some deficit) reason to get him in asap

So proud of my boy tonite coming home from the park, missed a step and stumbled - - but he with my encouragement tried it again after being stifled and frozen to not try - - leaped onto and up the 3 steps....I was so happy for him -- he's so good with the eye clean/wash, ointment everything, and still plays with Gizmo taking care of him in all of this

I am so blessed to have this amazing Lhasa monkey boy, I sooooo dont want him to suffer and worry if the redness inflammation surrounding tissue, etc. to get him thru these stages...more to come, prayin...

Good to have connections starting here and so impressed by the kindness and friendship - - hope to get more acquainted with you all
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