We finally got Rufus in to see the vet yesterday. First she was on vacation then booked solid for a week and a half, so finally comes our day and oh boy! What a day! Rufus has been 100% awesum and healthy all this time, but here we are the day of our visit and he is sorta sleepy and lethargic. He has a messy poopy right before we leave so back into the house we run to wipe up the hiney! When we are doing the clean up I take just a minute to wipe his face--with a fresh washrag (of course!) and I noticed his eye looked odd. The inside corner was pink and as bit swollen--oh dear! Well, I put him in his carrier and we headed out to the vets. Now Rufus goes with me to work and around town all the time and he's NEVER car sick right? So on the way to the vets, he got really sick and it was that yellow bile and not much else!
The vet looked at the eye and says it's cherry eye and he will most likely need a surgery to repair it but we should wait until he is neutered so he only has to go under the anesthesia once. She would generally recommend neutering between 6 and 8 months--he is only 13 weeks now. She took his temperature to make sure he wasn't sick and his temp was good--did a fecal float and was neg. for parasites, giardia, coccidia, etc. Hey that's good. Since he was feeling poorly she had me make another appointment on Friday for his shot and then another in a week for the Bortadella. She told me to fix him chicken and rice or cottage cheese and rice for dinner to make it easy on his tummy.
I picked up some chicken breast on the way home. We don't keep that on hand usually, I'm vegan right? I called Kimberly to let her know what I heard from the vet and she helped with cooking instructions for the chicken. Thank you Kimberly! Your a lifesaver!
Rufus napped a bit and then smelled food and the chicken settled his tummy just fine. I was happy to see him perk right up, he even begged for second helpings and after waiting to be sure it would stay down, I relented and let Larry give it to him.
Oh dear though, about the cherry eye.
What started out as a bit pink ended the night very red and swollen. Kimberly said to try and push the membrane back into place but it wouldn't stay put. I'm reading what I can about it and I feel so sad. One thing I read is about how the sooner the repair is done the better and the longer you wait the less likely of a good repair? I've heard of drops or maybe an ointment...but my vet hadn't offered anything like that? I don't know if I should call today and ask or maybe wait until Friday's appointment? And I wonder too, can I hurt him when I bathe him and how about just how rough little puppies play? Can he damage it further? After all, it is tissue that should be inside the eye area! When I wipe his face could I make it worse because of the gentle pulling as I wipe his tears?
My sweet little guy looks up at me with that little blue eye and he has this puffy red swelling... awww it's so hard to see my "baby" with this.