January 14th, 2011

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Cataracts

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My Boston, Brenna, has been recently diagnosed with cataracts. She's going to be 10 next month but has always been in great health and is still very active. I've decided that I want her to have surgery, but I'm having trouble deciding whether she should get both eyes done at once or just one eye. One eye is significantly worse than the other, so she still has pretty decent vision in one eye (somewhere between 50-75%, depending on which vet you ask), while it's mostly lost in the other. I've already been to two ophthalmologists, and they feel she is a candidate for either surgery, though one vet did say he preferred a more conservative approach and leave the eye alone while it still had some vision left. Sadly, they couldn't give me some idea of how long before she lost vision in the other eye. :/

What would you do in this situation? Would you try to preserve vision in both eyes at the same time? Fix one and do a wait and see approach with the other? Or only get one fixed without any plans to fix the other?

I have no experience at all with cataracts, or with blindness in dogs, so any input would be greatly appreciated.

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Bonny = thief

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Bonny - See this cute face? HA! She's a little thief!

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Thomas


It's not enough that Thomas walks around and moves things to very random places...i.e sippy cups in the dog crate, hats in the bathroom, blankets strewn everywhere. Bonny likes to take socks off the floor (where Chris leaves his dirty ones) and create a nest out of them on the couch or in our bed. Last night she had five dirty socks in the bed with us. I promptly removed them, and she curled up underneath my feather bed and fell asleep.

I discovered upon my return from the YMCA this morning that Bonny also likes to take Thomas' socks, toys, and a random TAMPON and squirrel them away on my side of the bed. Nothing like finding out your dog spent her morning chewing on a tampon. Ew. At least it was an unused one. It must've fell out of my gym bag when I was packing it this morning.

Bonny is also a fan of getting right in Thomas' face while he's drinking a bottle or sippy cup and tries to steal drops by kissing him. He tolerates it for a few seconds, then pushes her away. She's gentle, and gets the hint.I was giving him an animal cracker snack yesterday afternoon and he would take the cracker, let the dogs lick it a bit, then eat it. He found this to be great fun -- and the dogs were riveted by the thought that, at any moment, they might be allowed to eat an animal cracker.

Good times at the Kelley house!