Friday, November 16, 2012

Check ups

Wednesday was check up day for Brook and Hiker, the blind girls.  We started off in the morning with a trip to the veterinary teaching hospital for an appointment at the ophthalmology clinic for Brook.  We go every six months to have her eyes checked (she has detached retinas with no vision and no chance of successful corrective surgery).  Hiker got to come along this time since we had an appointment for both girls at the regular vet for their annual check up and vaccinations.

At the ophthalmology clinic, we first see two fourth year students.  It was at this point, when we walked into the exam room, that Hiker fell in love, yet again.  Both students were male (Hiker prefers males) and she quickly showed off her charm and personality.  It wasn't really fair to Brook who was having testing done to have Hiker sitting beside the one student and lightly pawing at his leg.  To give her credit though, this does and did get her results. Within five minutes of being in the exam room he was already talking about how he'd like to take her home.

Brook's testing consisted of a tear test which measures the tear production in each eye, then they put a drop of stain in each eye and have a look and then take the eye pressures.  All test results were normal.  Then we went to see the ophthalmologist who looks into Brook's eyes and talks to the students about Brook's retinal tears and folding.  A quick chat about her future and the fact that she is at risk for developing glaucoma and will likely need enucleation surgery someday, which we have talked about before.  During this part of the check up, Hiker was again turning on the charm.  Another student said that she would like to take Hiker home.  Then the opthamologist said that she would take Hiker home too.  At this point, I told all of them that they would have to take a number since there are about 127 people that have already asked! The most common question was what we always get asked, "Is she always this happy?"  Yes, she is.  

At the regular vet in the afternoon, another good check up and then two very tired dogs got home to see the others.  

7 comments:

  1. We go to the vets but are only allowed in one at a time. SHE says we don't behave well. Hiker sounds like such a sweety.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  2. Oh ya, Hiker is a charmer! She loves going out and about, the more people and dogs the better.

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  3. So I don't know know that much about retinal folds. What is that? Would the retinal fold alone require enucleation?

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    1. The retinal fold in one eye and the tear in the other would just be little blind specks in Brook's vision if she didn't have the detached retinas. It's her high chance of developing glaucoma that would prompt the enucleation surgery. I'm totally okay with that, been there, done that, got the dog! (Hiker) Now that I know what to expect when the bandages come off, it'll be easier. That was the hardest part. I have pictures but not many people wanted to see them! I can send them to you if you're interested.

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  4. Can I say, that this little family of yours is wonderful. You are a true kind and loving spirit to have saved these little darlings. It will be a pleasure to read your posts in the future
    Bert My Vickie

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    1. Hi Bert! Thanks for stopping by, we look forward to hearing from you again and I'll be sure and stop by and see what you're up to.

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  5. A busy day! Finn's a charmer at the vet too, isn't that funny? I hope the students got to learn a lot and we hope you have a great weekend.

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