Our blind Husky Mitch was patient No. 3 for our veterinary ophthalmologist, Dr. Sarah Hoy, last week. His eyes had become uncomfortable the previous week and I had started treating them with some topical medications, but after initial improvement I began to lose ground again. So I thought it was time for Mitch to see Dr. Hoy for a thorough eye exam. It turns out that was a very good thing, because he now has uveitis. When he first came to us, he had a simple case of PRA, or progressive retinal atrophy, which is typically not painful. Uveitis is, however, very painful. Ironically, it's something we've seen much more in our blind horses over the years than in our blind dogs -- it's the leading cause of blindness in horses.
In these photos Dr. Hoy is using her slit-lamp to examine Mitch's eyes while her vet tech Amy holds the big furry boy still:
As is often the case with painful, blind eyes, we made the decision to enucleate, or remove, Mitch's eyes to give him permanent relief. He will be having surgery on Tuesday this week, along with little Wilbur.
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.
*** We are now LISTED UNDER OUR NEW NAME, ROLLING DOG FARM. State is still NH for New Hampshire. ***
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We just won $1,000 as a weekly winner for Week 4 in this current contest, and thousands more in the previous contests. The Shelter Challenge really does bring in a lot of money for the animals here!
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