Tuesday afternoon Annie had to go back to her ophthalmologist for an annual check-up. About 8 years ago she was diagnosed with a condition commonly called dry-eye. If left untreated, an animal will go blind. We didn’t know how we’d ever be able to afford a seeing eye service animal for Annie, so we began routine exams and daily eye drops instead. She gets a drop in each eye twice daily.
After a quick potty stop Annie was ready to go in….or not!
We were ushered into an exam room by the able assistant. We took Annie off leash so she could walk around the room and sniff all the scents of the other dogs that had been there before her turn. We got to read 3 year old magazines while we waited.
Dr. Pennie Cooley is the doctor. She is a wonderful veterinarian who is very kind and gentle with her patients. She has a room full of equipment just like you would find in a people office. Eyes are eyes, I guess!
Annie’s turn finally arrives. Dr. Cooley is on the right and her assistant is on the left. Dr. Cooley checks the eye pressure in each eye also. She uses the special scope to look deep into the eye. Then she has to measure the tear production level. She does this by numbing the eye with a drop and then putting a paper strip into the eye under the lid. This must stay there for one or two minutes and gets repeated in the other eye.
Dr. Cooley tests the tear production level.
The test results indicated that Annie’s tear production is barely into the normal range, but is still normal. We will not need to change the medication she gets twice daily. She is now off the hook for another exam for 1 year. She is glad about that I’m certain. She does not like having those stick things put into her eye! Can’t say that I blame her on that one. At least we did not need to go shopping for a seeing eye dog for her.
Until next time…..so long for now!