Deirdre went to the Ocean State Vet Specialists
yesterday for a myriad of tests. I don't know who
was more stressed, her or me. In the end... it was
had a digital x-ray done on her knee to figure out
what is truly going on in there--whether it is an
injury (torn muscle) or whether it is an infection.
A small piece of bone was missing from her left
tibia. This could be old trauma or an infection. In
order to determine which is the case, we
elected for a tap (obtaining a sample from the joint
and sending it out for cytology), but I insisted on
anesthesia to control her stress and our vet was in
absolute agreement. She was masked with
sevoflurane gas and then an endotracheal tube was
placed so that the vets could breath for her during
was also given buprenorphine for pain
medication. She did not have an easy time with it
and struggled to come out of anesthesia, so next
time she goes under different pain meds will be
needed. Still, she came out just fine and proceeded
to dunk her head and splash in a bowl of water they
put in front of her.
While under anesthesia an ophthalmologist check her
eyes. She can't see out of her right eye and
cataracts are just beginning to form in her left
eye. We have to rule out bacterial infection in her
leg, which might be causing her cataracts. If this
is the case, antibiotics will halt both the
infection and her cataracts. If her leg is an
injury, then as she loses sight in her left eye, she
will eventually need cataract surgery in her blind
right eye to give back her vision. Cataract
progression could take a few months or even a year.
She will have a follow up check up in 3 months to
check her left eye again.
Heart" at Ocean State Vet Specialists
This morning Deirdre looked as good as ever, so I
put her back on her antibiotics until the culture
test results come back (hopefully on Monday). I'll
take her out on the pond with the girls for a
relaxing swim on the pond.