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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracey Halvorsen View Post
    Hi all - wanted to post an update as we've had a long road with Fanny and her eyes. She actually had to go back to vet a few times following the surgery to have dead lashes pulled out that were bothering her eyes, but then they got really bad again and she needed another round of surgery. It was actually ectopic hairs that were really causing the issues vs. the eyelashes - and those have to be cut out vs. frozen and deadened.

    So her second surgery was 2 weeks ago and just tonight we see her squinting her right eye again. Our ophthalmologist is fantastic and already has us slotted to bring her in again tomorrow morning - to hopefully pull out a few dead hairs.

    But I'm starting to worry this will never clear up - what will happen to our poor baby if these hairs keep growing in the wrong way and causing ulcers on her eyes? Our vet said she's never seen a case this bad, and she's a specialist! Any words of encouragement or advice from others out there? Fanny is only 7 months old, so I'm praying she will outgrow this at some point.

    We also hope to get this all under control so we can schedule her spay surgery (we've had to keep postponing to deal with her eyes). Anyhow - wanted to update, vent, panic and inquire - all in one post! I have other questions related to her having some thin coat / red spot issues but I can't really worry about her skin until the eyes are better - as I'm sure the stress from the constant eye irritation could be the root cause of some puppy mange sticking around.

    I have no experience with this, so I do not have much info..... I pray that this is the last of it and her eyes heal up real quick. as for the hair and reddness of skin, I agree... at this point is may be stress
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracey Halvorsen View Post
    Hi all - wanted to post an update as we've had a long road with Fanny and her eyes. She actually had to go back to vet a few times following the surgery to have dead lashes pulled out that were bothering her eyes, but then they got really bad again and she needed another round of surgery. It was actually ectopic hairs that were really causing the issues vs. the eyelashes - and those have to be cut out vs. frozen and deadened.

    So her second surgery was 2 weeks ago and just tonight we see her squinting her right eye again. Our ophthalmologist is fantastic and already has us slotted to bring her in again tomorrow morning - to hopefully pull out a few dead hairs.

    But I'm starting to worry this will never clear up - what will happen to our poor baby if these hairs keep growing in the wrong way and causing ulcers on her eyes? Our vet said she's never seen a case this bad, and she's a specialist! Any words of encouragement or advice from others out there? Fanny is only 7 months old, so I'm praying she will outgrow this at some point.

    We also hope to get this all under control so we can schedule her spay surgery (we've had to keep postponing to deal with her eyes). Anyhow - wanted to update, vent, panic and inquire - all in one post! I have other questions related to her having some thin coat / red spot issues but I can't really worry about her skin until the eyes are better - as I'm sure the stress from the constant eye irritation could be the root cause of some puppy mange sticking around.
    I totally feel your pain this has been an on going issue with our boy Abbott as well.He has had two entropian surgeries and had eyelashes cut out. Two weeks ago he had his lower eyelid stitched to keep it rolled out , those were removed today and now we wait.Our optomologist said he doesn't want to do surgery again if possible.He suggested doing botox to paralyze the lid if this remains a problem so it doesn't cause cornea issues.We are just in limbo as of now.Abbott is 2 now and this all started when he was about 1 I'd say.So I hope they fix your baby but its a long road as we've found out.

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    Hi everyone - thanks for your updates. Well for now, the eye doc sees no more ulcers - we think the last one may have been caused by a wrestling session with our other dog vs. more hairs - a relief, kind of. So we are back to waiting and watching for now, and getting her through her spay surgery. Then we can focus on her skin issues and her wobbly back legs. Vet said she has luxating patellas but it's not causing her pain right now so we are letting her grow, giving her supplements and dealing with the other issues first. She's certainly not an issue free bully but boy do we love her! Hope all of you have good news in the future too, especially you Christie - a year of dealing with that must be exhausting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracey Halvorsen View Post
    Hi everyone - thanks for your updates. Well for now, the eye doc sees no more ulcers - we think the last one may have been caused by a wrestling session with our other dog vs. more hairs - a relief, kind of. So we are back to waiting and watching for now, and getting her through her spay surgery. Then we can focus on her skin issues and her wobbly back legs. Vet said she has luxating patellas but it's not causing her pain right now so we are letting her grow, giving her supplements and dealing with the other issues first. She's certainly not an issue free bully but boy do we love her! Hope all of you have good news in the future too, especially you Christie - a year of dealing with that must be exhausting.
    Tracey - This is great news! I think its hard to find a "no issue bully" - its always something! I'm so happy she has loving parents like you to take care of her. Thank you for the update, I love hearing good news.

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    Update - so far so good on her eyes - no more issues except lots of watering and stained folds. Doing our best with desitin and lots of frequent cleanings. Her spay surgery is coming up in a week, and once that is behind us - we will continue to work on skin issues and consider if she will need surgery to help her back legs. I'm reluctant to do anything if she's not in pain, no matter how funny she may look when she walks. At least until she's fully grown. We are using supplements to help with joints developing and hoping once her hips and legs fill out her big beefy back end will have more muscles to work with those loose knees. Always something with these dogs! I'm just glad our other one only has a deep tail pocket to contend with - she's otherwise the picture of health and bully perfection Anyhow - wanted to post an update on Fanny's eyes, and where we are at in our journey with her. Thanks as always for everyone's input and feedback and well wishes.

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    Thanks for the update and I hope she continues to improve

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