In April of 2014 my 9 year old Puggle was diagnosed with diabetes. By June she had developed cataracts in both eyes. Unfortunately, I was kicked out of the condo she had been living in her whole life in August (landlord sold it and the new buyer upped the rent astronomically) so I had to take her to a whole new environment. She adjusted surprisingly well and it only took her a few weeks to learn the ins and outs of her new home and she even enjoyed running around in her new backyard. It was hard at first but we both adjusted well to her not being able to see.
In late January of this year I noticed she seemed to be in pain. Sluggish, tail constantly down, refusing to jump on the couch or bed (which were her favorite places to sleep). I took her to her vet (my savior through everything, she is really the best) and she was diagnosed with glaucoma in her right eye. I was also told that day that her cataracts had become severe and she could no longer see light/shadows in either eye. Luckily, the drops have worked in lowering her pressures and she seems to be in less pain, but her eyes have deteriorated and her lens has cracked and we have now gone to see an opthamologist that my vet recommends highly. I told him about my concerns with removal of the eye (which I know will eventually be eyeS) but I also discussed cost of her care with him.
Now here is where it gets really hard for me. I am a single woman. I don’t understand how people afford all of this care for their dogs. What do you all do? I want to do anything to keep her pain free and ensure that she lives the longest, happiest life possible, but between the visits and the drops and the insulin, I just don’t know what to do. For 9 years I had no problems whatsoever with her health and these last 9 months have been a doozy. It is becoming overwhelming emotionally and financially.
We have to go back to the vet in a week and come up with a decision for treatment. I am leaning toward injections as far as cost and ease of recovery/less traumatizing for her (and me to be honest). I just don’t think I could deal with removing her eyes, any aspect of that procedure.
HOW IS ONE SUPPOSED TO MAKE THIS DECISION?! I feel so overwhelmed.