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I'm not sure I'm posting this correctly, but we have a wonderful 13-week-old Havanese puppy, Keeper, and love him dearly already. He has been diagnosed with cherry eye in one eye. We don't know if he'll need surgery in the future and are trying the ointment first. If anyone can give me information from their experiences, I'd be grateful. If surgery was done, how much recovery time is needed, i.e. cone and limiting activity, etc.
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Sorry to hear about your puppy.

Scudder had Cherry eye. I used the ointment, until the cherry eyes was out all the time. It would pop in and out, but once it was permanently out, the vet said it was time for surgery. There are several ways to do the surgery, depending on the eye shape etc. Scudder had to have the most extensive surgery. They normally don't shave the eye, but they did with him. My vet had to carve a pocket out and then stitched. I didn't expect him to look so bad. He looks awful! It was so bad, I didn't even save any pictures.
I don't remember how long he had to wear the cone, but I'm thinking 7-10 days. I think I also had to put drops or ointment in. The cone was a pain in the butt, since I have a doggy door. He had a heck of a time!





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If you do a forum search for cherry eye you'll find several threads. It seems there's a small group of us that have been through it. Here was my contribrutiin when Rufus went through it. http://havaneseforum.com/showthread....t=Rufus+cherry He came through the surgery just fine and we've never had anymore trouble with it.
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Shirley,
Congrats on your new puppy Keeper--and best wishes on his cherry eye situation.

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Thanks!

Thanks to all of you for responding. All information is helpful. I'm hearing that even though it's a bear and you feel so badly for the puppy, the success rate is very high. I'm really grateful for your help.

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Welcome to the Forum, love the name Keeper. No experience with Cherry eye in Havanese but in past times in Boxers show dogs the light Haws were routinely removed by many breeders or owners. I never liked the practice but do not remember any complications from the surgeries.

here are a few articles that might give you more insite.

http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/nictitati...rd-eyelid-dogs

http://www.peteducation.com/article....2+2092&aid=409

http://pet-diseases.suite101.com/art...ry_eye_in_dogs

Good luck and keep us posted.......

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I thought I would post this in this thread...
Gordo has cherry eye. I noticed it on Wednesday when I got home from work and I took him to the vet on Friday. We decided we would correct it with surgery in July when we get him neutered. In the meantime he's got daily antibiotics.

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Elizabeth, I'm sorry to hear little Gordo has cherry eye. If you look a couple posts back you can see where I attached a link-my Rufus went through cherry eye surgery when he was a pup. How long is he going to be on antibiotics? Is it something that goes in his eye like drops or ointment? It was awhile ago for me, but I remember the vet said we needed to be careful he doesn't damage the tissue and not to let it dry out. I thought they also told me there was a better chance of a successful repair the sooner it was done. Will your vet do the surgery or will you be seeing a specialist? I hope everything goes well for him. to you and Gordo
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Hugs to your pups.
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thanks Ladies.

Christy, I will be re-reading your thread with more interest now. The drops are to make sure the eye doesn't dry out and to sterilize it, to avoid infections. I will keep an eye on it to see if he needs them until surgery. I considering getting a second opinion from another vet due to the quick diagnosis. The next time I go in for vaccinations, I will be prepared with additional questions and see how comfortable I feel about it. He turns 6 months at the end of June, so that is why I would wait to correct it then so that he only has one surgery for neuter and cherry eye.

Any suggestions on things to look for are welcomed.
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