I got Sydney and his brother from the same litter of Italian Greyhounds in 2001. Their momma was a puppy mill dog- so of course Syd and Sprout have had many health ailments. He said they were Italian Greyhounds – but actually they are much bigger but not quite as big as a Whippet.
Anyway about 4 maybe 5 years ago I noticed Syd having trouble getting around when lights were dim or off. The eye specialist vet said he had (excuse me if I pronounce this wrong) Artireal Retina Disease. Another vet said since he was also bit multiple times by a prairie rattle snake when he was a year old – the arteries supplying blood to the eyes were dying. ??? Either way his eyes died due to lack of blood to them.. Both Vets said he would be completely blind in a few years.
Syd went slowly completely blind about 4-5 years ago. Due to the pupils being so dilated – he developed severe cateracts. A Couple weeks ago the left eye lens slipped and started floating around in the eye. So both eyes filled with more fluid causing painful glaucoma. Syd (and his brother Sprout) have heart murmers and epilepsy. So surgery/anesthesia is pretty risky. Both of his eyes were removed yesterday.
He also has ventricular disease. Causes vertigo and confusion for 24 hrs to a couple days. Comes and goes. Several good months then a few bad days. Then back to normal. Of course he started an episode a couple days before this surgery. So he has that going on right now along with some after effects of the anesthesia. Swelling is down a bit today. Still worried about the lethargy and being withdrawn. I’ve taken him outside to potty – had him walk and I guided him by his harness so he would know where he is going. He freaked out horribly! So I put him back in his crate that he loves and feels safe in.
I am trying to be strong and happy around him- as I feel dogs pick up on sadness/worry/crying. So I go in another room if I can’t keep it together. Sprout and I camped out near his crate last night.
Thankfully he has eaten a little bit last night and about an hour ago – so that’s good.
I worry if I did the right thing. However – outside of his eye problems- he is a happy go lucky guy – loves to be social and go for car rides, hiking and walks—so I just couldn’t put him down. I sure miss those big beautiful deer eyes.