Our vet Dr. Brenda Culver came out today for our annual health exam and vaccination day for the dogs and cats. Brenda hadn't seen blind Madison before, so she did an eye exam as part of Madison's complete physical. The very first thing we noticed gave us that "ohmigosh" feeling -- Madison's pupils dilated as soon as the light from Brenda's slit lamp hit them. It's called a pupillary light reflex, or PLR, and means her retinas are detecting the light coming in. And that indicates it's possible she may be able to see behind those cataracts. It would just be amazing if we actually had two blind dogs in one year who could have their vision restored!
But before we get too excited (it's hard not to!), the next step is the electroretinogram, or ERG, to determine the degree of retinal function. Since Brenda now has her own ERG machine, we can do that test in Helena, like we did for Charlie. So we'll get that scheduled in the next week or two. Please keep your fingers crossed!
I took the photo of Brenda examining Madison while Alayne held her. If Alayne looks like her hat is covered in hay ... well, it is! We were just finishing barn chores when Brenda arrived at 9:30 this morning, and thus we brought a little hay and other barnyard accessories along for the small animal exams. Brenda didn't leave until 7 p.m., so it was a very long day -- but everyone got their exams and shots!
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