Mazel has keratoconjunctivitis sicca, which is a genetic disorder where the dog's eye does not produce tears. Over a year ago she had surgery to transposition a salivary duct to the corner of the eye to keep it lubricated so now whenever she salivates saliva pours down her face. The minerals in saliva build up in the eye and on her fur even though i give her EDTA drops to break down the mineral build up. The minerals are also an irritant and cause corneal edema and vascularization. I believe that they are able to put a half plug into the duct to limit the flow but I fear that that may do more damage than good. She can likely see light and shadows through the eye but nothing more. I guess my question is have any of you had experience with this and do you think that it would be kinder to her to have the eye removed? i have consulted several vets and an ophthalmologist at the university of Guelph but unfortunately no one really knows what to tell me. Thank you, sorry for the length, i just wanted to give you all the info I could.
Hello Emma, My heart goes out to you... this is a difficult and painful condition for the dogs and not easy to maintain long term. Are both eyes involved? If she has one good eye I wouldn't hesitate a moment to have the other eye removed. If both eyes are blind without vision, I would remove both eyes if she is relatively young and in otherwise good health. I have known many, many one eyed dogs and after initial adjustment period they live wonderful full lives and seem generally unaffected by the loss of an eye. However, some one-eyed dogs can become very sensitive to being approached and touched without warning and may snap unexpectedly if surprised. That is the only down side I've seen other than cosmetic. I have only known 2 dogs that had both eyes removed at a "younger age" and one in particular, "Shorty" would make a great story book. This little Lhasa mix chases tennis balls accurately across the floor by sound and feeling I suppose, it did take him just over a year before he actually "ran" at home but walked and trotted around and knows his way and has another small dog at home that is his "leader/playpal" and it's simply remarkable the resilience and adaptability of these wonderful creatures. I say, get your girl out of pain and let her make what adaptiations she may have to... if she physically feels good, her little heart and mind will follow right along with love and perhaps a few special allowances. Good luck, and best wishes , Catherine
emma i agree with wench. some owners cannot get passed the one eyed thing but really it sounds as if it is the best thing for her. it is truly amazing how wel they adapt. i am sure it is not an easy decision for you to make but if it were my dog i would do it.