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« on: June 15, 2013, 03:07:54 AM »

It's been awhile but just had to come share.. Some of you will remember Cujo  woke up blind about 5 years ago. He adapted well and has had no problems. Until recently. I took him for his heart worm test and shots a few weeks ago and just casually mentioned to my vet that his eyes seemed to be getting buggy. She said aww the poor baby is in a lot of pain. I argued with her a bit because I saw no symptoms of pain. She told me he had glaucoma and was in severe pain and asked me to try pain pills for a week to see for myself. She said if he wasn't in pain he would be sedated and if he was I would be able to tell he felt better.  I tried it and boy what a difference.. He was like a puppy again.. Well since he had no sight to save the treatment of choice was removal of both eyes. This was done just a few days ago on the 11th. Already I can see he feels like a new dog. He is upset about the cone
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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2013, 06:00:08 AM »

I hate to hear that he is blind and the removal of his eyes was necessary. I am also relieved his pain is gone.  Dogs always amaze me..

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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2013, 06:41:43 AM »

It is amazing how quickly they adapt, and how well they hide their pain. Really there was no symptoms. Researching  after she told me he was, I read it was like a constant migraine. I guess because it came on gradually he adapted to that as well. He is clearly more happy now except when he has to wear the cone.
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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2013, 06:54:42 AM »



I am thrilled he's getting along so good now and that the pain is gone!!!!   Happy Yell
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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2013, 08:33:05 AM »

Too bad about being blind and losing his eyes. I never knew glaucoma could cause any pain. It's good he was able to have the surgery to end his suffering. And you're right, dogs are masters at hiding pain and adapting to life's challenges. They are amazing creatures.
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« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2013, 10:34:17 AM »

Nice to hear from you again!
 Sorry about Cujo, but I'm glad the vet saw the problem and was able to fix it.
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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2013, 09:39:46 PM »

Cujo is doing so well, he is behaving like a puppy again. His stitches still have not dissolved and he has a few more days of the antibiotic, but his confidence is growing and he is playful and energetic. I just got a home call from home( I am at work) that he got in the garbage luvsmile strange how that pleases me so much. I will have to watch it or I will have a monster on my hands. LOL
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« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2013, 09:55:26 PM »

That.. is great news!  I'm so glad to hear he is adapting so well!
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« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2013, 07:36:11 AM »

Raiding the garbage is a good sign. I understand why you would be tickled and pleased to hear it. It's wonderful he is adapting well and feeling better.
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« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2013, 08:25:43 AM »

wow What a brave little mite! Glad to hear he's getting better.
Can i ask how does he manage being blind? Does he bump into things or he still remembers where things are when he could see? I know other dogs usually are a good help for a blind or deaf dog. So glad you didnt do what i know most people would do and PTS. Hope he continues to feel better!
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« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2013, 05:36:50 PM »

He became blind about 5 years ago. He woke up blind. The first thing I noticed was he wouldn't jump off the bed. I thought he hurt his leg somehow. It took driving past a horse farm and him not reacting for me to realize he wasn't seeing. I was heartbroken and I thought briefly about having him put to sleep. I just couldn't see how he could be happy. Luckily it took two weeks to get him to see a specialist down state, I was still hoping it was temporary . In those two weeks it as clear he would adjust just fine. He has been amazing.  In a new environment I am his guide. He has always been confident and walks along side me. He knows to slow down and sniff if I say be careful. If he isn't leashed in a new environment he slowly walks around hunched low to the ground sniffing around. He has been though many changes since becoming blind so its Not a matter of remembering from when he could see. He teaches himself about anything new. There is times when he gets excited that he bumps into stuff  and sometimes he will sit up and beg facing the opposite way from the food waving  . I have a fenced in yard and he knows his yard well and can play outside and lay in the sun. He still can't go down stairs and most times still won't jump off the bed but otherwise can do anything my or their dogs do. My other dogs never treated him any differently until this surgery. Now they seem very patient with him.
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« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2013, 07:53:32 PM »

My sister's sheltie went blind. He adapted extremely well with some of the same behaviors you mention. He avoided stairs and would look in the other direction at times. From time to time he would get wedged between the wall and the furniture and not be able to get out. He knew his way around the house and yard and loved going on walks with my sister. He would stay close to her and sniff along too. His trust was amazing. I don't he missed out on a thing in life really other than not seeing out the front door to bark at passersby.
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« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2013, 08:30:36 PM »

Dogs adapt so well to things like this.
 I met a mini poodle that was 16 yrs old, had been blind most of his life and you wouldn't even know it to see him maneuver around the house and yard!
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« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2013, 10:05:50 PM »

Lol my other dogs tell him when to bark at the door. Whenever one of them barks he barks. He loves his squeaky toys and loves playing tug of war.  He has always been playful that's why I had a hard time believing my vet when she told me he was in pain.. I am so glad I listened and researched because now that the pain is gone he is twice as playful as before and more confident.  He and I have been through a lot together. As soon as i realized he was in pain there was no question about the surgery. he is priceless in my eyes. His  appearance doesn't freak me out anymore.. I think the tail wagging constantly on the other end helped that.. 
I wonder if my other dogs just now realize he is blind. Before they treated him just like any dog with the usual arguements and jealousies . Now they seem so much more patient and they sniff at his face with a puzzled look on their faces.
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« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2013, 03:28:08 AM »

Wouldn't it be nice if people were more like his mates..  Doc..
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« Reply #16 on: June 27, 2013, 11:25:05 AM »

They can probably tell that things are different for him. Takes actually take more visual ques than vocal.
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