Recovery from eye removal

We noticed our Lhasa Apso, Stanley’s right eye was watering and he wasn’t keeping it open. Took him to the vet and was told he had injured his eye, however, we have no idea how it happened. We live in a rural area, so we have to be very careful with allowing him outside as there is always a fear of a wild animal, etc. Regardless, the injury happened without our knowing or even a complaint from Stanley.

The next thing I knew, we were over $400.00 in vet bills going back and forth with dye to check the damage, eye drops and the possibility of surgery. His eye did get better, but didn’t heal completely. The surgery was to put small scratches on the lens to help the healing make its way across the eye, but turned out the damage was way deeper than expected.

Stanley is 10 and has a heart murmur, takes thyroid medications and his red blood cell count is slightly lower than preferred. So, we were told that we could take him to a specialist, have the eye removed, or……. My husband is laid off, we have two college children, so funds are very slim here today, so we cried thinking we might have to say our goodbyes. But, in the end, we decided that we take a chance and have the eye removed.

Yea, $1,000 later that we are still paying on, Stanley is now home recovering and adjusting. We love him dearly and yea, its a struggle and adjustment for all of us. That’s our story and as I’ve read other’s blogs, it relieves me to know that others have traveled this same path and have no regrets. I happily stumbled upon this sight (no pun intended, lol) yesterday!

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