The news for Rita isn’t good. A friend told Vince about a vet here in town that was treating her dog who has glaucoma so we took Rita to see him this morning. He seems to think her problem is progressed pretty far and either the lens or the retina in the right eye is detached. He said she appears to have problems with both eyes and he’s fairly certain she will be blind before too long.
I’m pretty sad about it but I think she can still have a great life. Depending on how well she gets around, that may have an influence on whether we stay here longer or move sooner . . do we want to change all her surroundings if she’s comfortable here. The vet said they usually manage to compensate for their lack of sight and manage to make do.
I have a feeling she’s already lost a good bit of her vision. Twice recently, she’s attempted to jump into my chair (recliner) and ran right into my foot that is obviously hanging right at the edge of the chair.
We have an appointment next week to take her to Austin to an ophthalmology vet and see what they have to say.
I am so thankful we found her and if there’s help available, we’ll be able to provide that for her. It doesn’t seem right that such a sweet little dog who’s already been through so much now has to deal with this. Of course, I’m the one sitting here bawling and she’s snoozing on the sofa without a care in the world.
Aren’t we quite a family . . old Speck is totally deaf and now Rita may go blind! It’s obvious how much Speck counts on Rita for direction. She barks . . he runs to the door barking . . doesn’t have a clue why he’s barking. Rita goes into the kitchen and Speck figures it’s time to eat so he follows her in there. I guess as long as old Speck is around, he can be the eyes (though he’s probably close to blind too) and Rita can be the ears!