My dog Chica


I adopted Chica from my local dog rescue centre in July 2017. We didn’t know her age or history, but I eventually tracked her microchip which was inserted in Feb 2009. She’s a Miniature Pinscher and is my first dog. She had cataracts in both eyes, but it was only when I took her to a veterinary ophthalmologist to assess her suitability for surgery that I discovered she was pretty much completely blind.

As the cataracts were pre-existing, removal was not covered by her insurance, but the vet assured me that she would be fine, though she’d need regular follow-ups to monitor for complications.

In Jan 2018 I was lucky enough to be able to afford bilateral cataract removal, which was a great success. She does, however, still need anti-inflammatory eye drops, and 2 types of drops to regulate the intraocular pressure, and I believe there is some damage to the retina in her left eye because of this, which may affect her vision. Despite these complications, she continues absolutely fine, and the vet said that she would probably have had more severe complications from the cataracts if she’d not had surgery.

In November 2018 she started treatment for Cushing’s disease, which is coming under control nicely. This, fortunately, is covered by her insurance for the first year.

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