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Need help from anyone who has faced the issues I have with my 10 1/2 y/o Havanese Barney. This past year he jumped wrong and injured back leg which xray showed possible damage to ACl but not enough for surgery Dr. said. It seemed to get better then the front leg started hurting and swollen. Vet wanted to amputate toe because he thought he saw swelling but never xrayed it. Got 2nd opinion and xray showed wrist tendon. Surgeon agreed and surgery was done. Tendon looked ok after surgery but they cleaned out a bursitis which could have caused swelling. Nine months later and he is still limping either one or the other, is on predizone probably for life and surgeon and Vet both have seen signs of an immune disease and feel that has been his issue. I am now getting laser therapy in addition to predisone and swelling still there, he runs and seems happy but limps still. Now I find he has cataracts forming in both eyes. I am just sick with worry, have two Havanese and live in fear I cant keep up medical bills at my age and hear that cataracts are an issue with havanese. Does anyone else have this problem and do drops help at all?
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Need help from anyone who has faced the issues I have with my 10 1/2 y/o Havanese Barney. This past year he jumped wrong and injured back leg which xray showed possible damage to ACl but not enough for surgery Dr. said. It seemed to get better then the front leg started hurting and swollen. Vet wanted to amputate toe because he thought he saw swelling but never xrayed it. Got 2nd opinion and xray showed wrist tendon. Surgeon agreed and surgery was done. Tendon looked ok after surgery but they cleaned out a bursitis which could have caused swelling. Nine months later and he is still limping either one or the other, is on predizone probably for life and surgeon and Vet both have seen signs of an immune disease and feel that has been his issue. I am now getting laser therapy in addition to predisone and swelling still there, he runs and seems happy but limps still. Now I find he has cataracts forming in both eyes. I am just sick with worry, have two Havanese and live in fear I cant keep up medical bills at my age and hear that cataracts are an issue with havanese. Does anyone else have this problem and do drops help at all?
Sorry for the health problems with your poor guy! I would get another opinion if I were you, from a specialist in auto-immune problems specifically.

I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, and got cataracts from the prednisone I had to take, so I know that is a problem with the long term use. Unfortunately, it's sometimes also the only option for quality of life. In humans, of course, we have cataract surgery. I don't think they can do that with dogs.

The good thing, though, is that even totally blind dogs get around remarkably well. I do NOT think that what you have going on with your dog has anything to do with the genetic cataracts that are sometimes found in Havanese (though, rarely these days... Breeders have done and awfully good job weeding it out of the gene pool) The genetic type is juvenile cataracts and shows up when the dog is much younger than yours.


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Sorry about the problem that you facing! I send my thoughts and prayers, don't have any advice from now, but i know there are so many member here that can give you some good advice like Krandall did. Keep us update about Barney's health.

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Thank you for your answer, I have been to two vets and a surgical hospital for his legs. Guess I will contact hospital for more help and to try and see if this is an autoimmune disease. Dr. asked me to try prednisone every other day and yesterday without it he was having such difficulty I had to help him so finally late last nite I gave him another med. An hour ago I heard a thump and awoke to find him on floor, guess he fell off bed.. My heart is broken...I did learn that Cataract surgery is done for dogs but soooo expensive and both eyes, oh what a mess. I am hoping you are correct that it is not genetic and my Bella doesn't get it also. Barney's happiness comes from watching for the neighborhood peacocks to come to our yard so he can go wild barking at them and I want him to be able to see them and have a good life. That is all I ask for both of my babies and see that hope fading too quickly. I am in such advanced age that I worry what will happen to them if I am not here for them, they are so dependent on me also.
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I hope you find some answers about what is wrong with your dog. Sending healing prayers for Barney.



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My heart breaks for you. I know the feeling all too well. I have had some laser therapy on one of my dogs (not a Havanese) and along with rest was successful. I have no experience with cataracts. I wish the best for you and Barney!
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My heart breaks for you also, I am so very sorry about your Barney! It is horrible when our four legged kids are sick. Yes they can do cataract surgery on dogs when my Hallie went blind before we knew what it was I was praying for cataracts as that would be something we could fix (unfortunately it wasn't). But as you say very expensive. Do you have anyone near you that can help you with him and Bella and their care? You are in my prayers!
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Thanks for all suggestions and caring thoughts, think that is all anyone can do and I guess I find myself alone and just needing to vent to people that I know love their dogs as much as I love mine. At 78 years of age I still work enough to be able to take them for care and paid for surgery this last year so for that I am grateful. Will continue to do all I can for as long as I can and pray I outlive my sweet dogs. Must realize that if drugs are needed for Barney then so be it, will just watch and have him checked for side effects as needed. The eye sight is another problem, hate to see it in both eyes and will just do what I can when I can. Thanks for letting me vent on this venue, I have rarely posted here but I do enjoy reading all posts and over the years this has been a great place to learn. Will post if I learn anything more in the future.
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Hi, first of all, I am really sorry to hear about all of Barney's health issues. I know it's difficult. Hang in there.

If it makes you feel any better, one of my anatolians, in his senior years had a $4 a day drug habit.

I have a half hav, half shih tzu, Ollie. He had a rapid onset cataract, over a year ago. He is blind in his other eye from a trauma, so I already had a vet optho dr. He was blind in 2 weeks from the cataract in his good eye.

To answer your question, yes, eye drops and ointments can definitely help.

Please consider going to a vet opthamologist for the cataract issues. It's worth the money for their expertise.

I am lucky because there is also a VCA specialist practice I live in, so I have vet dermatologist, oncologists, ortho's, you name it.

If you wanna chat offline, PM me. Ollie is a certified therapy dog, and use him to facilitate language in the public school setting, as I am a speech therapist. All his tricks are on hand signals, so he needs to see... I went ahead with the $5000 surgery and after care. He's doing great. life time of eye drops and ointments, but he's really good with me about it.
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