Last Monday Alayne took our new arrival Wilbur to our vet clinic, Whitefield Animal Hospital, for his initial screening. In the photo above, Dr. Nancy Lefavour is using a Tono-Pen to check the eye pressure in Wilbur's bulging eye. (The Tono-Pen belongs to us and we have loaned it to the clinic, since they didn't have one. Most clinics don't have this particular diagnostic device.) Much to our surprise, his eye pressure turned out to be well within normal range. In this next photo Nancy is looking at the reading on the Tono-Pen:
Yet his eye is clearly bulging out, and blind, so if glaucoma isn't the culprit, what is?
At the moment, we don't have the answer. We will probably next do an ultrasound of his eye to see if there is a tumor or growth pushing it out.
Nancy also did a dental exam on Wilbur. She concluded that his mouth was such a mess, and so much work needed to be done, that she wanted to have both of the clinic's vets on hand. Our other vet, Dr. Chris Plumley, was out of town last week attending a veterinary conference, so we postponed Wilbur's surgery for this week.
On the plus side, we do know that Wilbur is thankfully heartworm negative, so we don't have to do the extensive heartworm treatment before proceeding with any surgery.
Stay tuned for updates on this adorable little boy!
The new Shelter Challenge started Monday, January 9 and ends at midnight on March 18. Grand prize in this round is $5,000, plus $1,000 for weekly winners and $1,000 for state winners. There are also other categories ... please see the Shelter Challenge website for details.
*** Okay, this is important, folks: We are now LISTED UNDER OUR NEW NAME, ROLLING DOG FARM. State is still NH for New Hampshire. ***
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We won $1,000 as a weekly winner in the last contest, and thousands more in the previous contests. The Shelter Challenge really does bring in a lot of money for the animals here!
You can vote in the Shelter Challenge here.