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Today's Vet Visit

Well I decided to review my visit to the vet's office today. My little 14 pound dog, Miller, has had some kind of eye thing for the past couple days. Two days ago he kept winking at us and then started to keep his left eye closed for long periods of time. Last night it started to develop some kind of gooey substance. So we decided a visit to the vet was in order.

I dropped my little guy off in the morning before work and then picked him up in the afternoon. The vet had some pretty cruddy news. The eye problem could be one of three things: A. a simple scratch that will heal up within a week or so, B. a disconnected retina, or C. glaucoma.

The first one is simple enough. Miller and our other dog, Hershey, wrestle quite a bit. It seems pretty logical that one of their scuffles got a little out of hand and scratched Miller's eye. B is a litte odd since it takes a pretty good jolt to dislodge a retina. And C. 99% of the time happens to aging dogs. Miller's only three years old.

Obviously, I'm a little concerned. The vet said that if it's B or C that the best thing to do would involve removing the whole eyeball. Fuck that. My dog's not going to be walking around with an eye patch or looking like a mutilated freak. I'd rather have the eye lose total function and at least leave him a little dignity. Not to mention the fact that there's no way in hell I can afford surgery like that. I love my dog and all, but dropping a few hundred dollars just so he can look like a survivor of the apocolypse is not what I consider being a wise choice, would you?

The downside is that if something else happens to this eyeball thing the vet said he might have to be put down. Like if he got an infection in the eye from rubbing it too much, it could do way more damage. I may sound like a total pansy here, but if anything happened to my Miller, I don't know what I'd do. He's my little buddy.

So I rated today's visit to the vet as a 2. It would have been a 1 had they told me he had to be put down, but that's still some pretty shitty news.

Let's hope next week's check-up yields better results...

Posted on July 9, 2004 at 7:34 pm
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