My lovely Sophie, a cavalier kc, will be 8 this year. I got her from Battersea dog/cat home in April 2005, she was about 7 months old. At the time I noticed she had one blocked nostril and a slightly crusty right eye. However I didn’t worry too much as I was taking her to see my vet immediately. He thought things would clear up and all would be ok.
A few months later I noticed she had a lump on her leg and the vet decided to remove it and, whilst under the anaesthetic, thought he would try to ‘flush out’ the eye and nose. Unfortunately this made things much worse and he did admit that. Some time later we moved and I had to find another vet. This one said she had Dry Eye, common with cavaliers, and from then on prescribed endless different ointments, drops, etc. none of which made much difference. We have been trying things for several years now. Well, that vet moved on and the next one said ‘oh, just wash her eye out with optrex, it’s as good as anything’! I wasn’t too happy after everything that had gone before.
A few weeks ago a friend told me about a new Vet near us so I decided to get a second opinion. What a different opinion it was. He said it is a problem with the nerves on the right hand side of her head (she is deaf now) and nothing to do with her eye. Having established that I have insurance he suggested that she needs an MRI scan because it is a middle ear problem, and then maybe an operation on her ear. I am completely confused now. The insurance company will pay for this but I really don’t want her to have an anaesthetic because she has a heart murmer and the last vet said he would never advise it.
I have been thinking about what is best for weeks now and suddenly I thought why not ask my friends on Goy because I know many of you have dogs. I want to do the best for her but we seem to be managing now with Maxitrol drops and a gel to simulate tears – but that, of course, does nothing for her ear.
I would be so grateful for your opinions and advice. G
- 19 Jan, 2012
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