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I am just wondering if anyone has any experience with a dog having an eye removed, I know it will look pretty gruesome to start with. Any advice or tips for recovery from first hand experience would be great.

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If you are on FaceBook, go to a group called "The touch of sight" (the words touch and sight are not capitalized). This is about a sweet little whippet called Kk who had both eyes removed about six months ago. She and her mom live in England, I think. I'm sure she would answer any questions you have about having an eye removed. Be prepared to fall in love with Kk!!! She's amazing. Be sure and look at some of the videos her mom has posted.

 

Also, one of my friends had an eye removed from a young male gh a year or so ago, and he's doing great. I don't think she's on GT or FB, but I can ask her any questions you might have.

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No "my own dog" experience but I helped a friend and her poodle through one. She was released from the surgery too early (and on a holiday weekend) but other than a couple of issues that we worked through that weekend, it was a pretty straightforward experience for dog and owner. I think the Facebook group above sounds really helpful.

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My heart dog Get Em had had to have his left eye removed secondary to toxoplasmosis. I didn't opt for the implant which would have made him appear to just be keeping that eyelid closed. He did have some heavy bleeding for 1 day after the procedure so he stayed at the vet. Otherwise I could have brought him home the same day. Once the heavy, thick bandage came off he never looked back (pun intended)! He quickly adjusted and memorized furniture placement so he didn't wander around bumping in to things.

 

The one thing I did change was which side I walked him on so he couldn't/wouldn't be surprised by any one approaching, 2 or 4 legged!

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Yes!

 

Many years ago, one of our dogs is thought to have been one of the first cases of Lyme Disease from Nantucket. No one could figure out what was wrong with him so we ended up at Angell Memorial in Boston. While there, the doctor saw something in his eye, and sent us to a specialist at Tufts.

 

They first removed the mass from the eye, but months later the eye started to atrophy and it was suggested we have it removed. They sewed his eye "hole" shut, and it wasn't gross at all. He just looked like he was winking! He did just fine.

 

My poor father also had an eye removed. Initially he wore a fake eye, but as he got more and more senile, it was too much of a struggle for my mother taking it out and cleaning it (barf!), so he stopped wearing it. Sadly he also refused to wear the neato pirate patch she got him. And it was really gross because his eye "hole" was not sewn up. But his eye had become very painful, and it had to come out.


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I found this post as I have been away from the site for a while but sadly are facing this with Higgins. I just am trying to get some feedback from anybody else that had this happen to their grey, I have never been faced with this before with an animal so I am rather new at this. He cannot keep the eye it has to be removed as he has lost his sight in that eye and we are now trying to preserve what he has left in his left eye with eye drops and gel.

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Out of my own Experience with my Morty , I can only say do it sooner then later. My Morty had first UVitis .This went on for over a Year, then it went into Glaucoma . My Eye Specialist urged us to have Laser Surgery and with a lot of different Eyedrops it went on and on . He was in so severe Pain . I would never do this again . As we finally made the Decision to have his Eye removed , we found out he also had an Intestinal Tumor , we had to relief him of his Pains forever. I still live with that Guilt .

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Guest Tuxsmom

I've never had a greyhound have an eye removed..but I have had an Australian Shepard that had it done due to an injury. The wound is no big deal..stitched up nice and tight. The eye socket does become sucken in and you have to remember they can't see out of that side. At first, she would swing her head around and hit things with her blind side but she learned to adjust. I also have two one eyed cats. Also be aware of lack of depth perception. Walk through your house with one eye closed and you'll get the jist. Hope it all went well?

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A friend's horse has had an eye removed and he does just fine.

He has some kind of synthetic 'ball' sewn into the socket to make his face look more 'normal'.

 

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My old guy had his eye removed. First they thought it was pannus and we treated it for years. Then they said it was episcleritis(sp?). Finally, they said it was glaucoma. We then went to OSU and saw a specialist. He said it was glaucoma and her said it was like having a migraine headache every day. He told us the best thing for Ziggy was to have the eye removed. IT WAS THE BEST THING WE EVER DID FOR HIM! He is now 12 and a half and very happy. He plays several times a day. The only thing different we have noticed is that he is now leery of children. They move really fast and if they come to his blind side, he can't see them and they freak him out. It really wasn't gross at all. He recovered quickly.

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Remember that the dog won't have any of the self-conscious "gruesome" awareness.

 

<<I still live with that Guilt >> Erika, :grouphug We make the very best decisions we can at the time.

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Well he had his eye removed this past Thursday and it has been going really well. Thank Dog! It was one of the hardest things I ever did to hand over the leash and watch him trot off with the Dr to have the surgery. I was a wreck but you know, he's an amazing boy and he came out of it fabulous. He's been recovering well and the medication has not upset his stomach, he even did some zoomies in the yard, which freaked me out. All in all we don't regret having it done but now we just have to keep a close check on the other eye as it too has the early signs of glaucoma. I pray we get a few really good years for him yet.

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