I have a 10 year old Golden Retriever who has Glaucoma. We did not realize until recently that is what she had. We thought she had cataracts until the eye started to swell. By then she was already blind in that eye.
We love our Abbie but she is 10 and we have only ever had one dog that lived past that age without having to be put down because of cancer. We are being pressured to take her to a specialist eye clinic. I can only imagine how expensive all the tests they run will be, when we have already spent several hundred dollars on vet bills for her.
We are on a fixed income and are struggling to decide what the right thing to do is. She seems lately to have bad days where all of a sudden she will hang her head and swing it from side to side and we can tell she is disoriented and totally blind. She will lay down and not want to move at all.
The vet prescribed Tramadol for pain and that seems to help and usually within a few hours she is acting pretty normal again. I hate to see her scared or in pain and the thought of putting her down breaks my heart but we also cannot go in debt hundreds or thousands of dollars for her.
We have another retriever too who is the same age and with her own medical problems. We are at the point where we don’t feel like we can leave her with anyone if we go away for a few days as we don’t want them to have to deal with her when she has one of these episodes as it is scary enough when we see it happen. I hate the fact that we have to be realistic and take her age and the cost into consideration when making decisions like this.