If you have this on your vet record will your insurance cover it as mine didn't as I had seen the vet prior to taking the insurance out and it was a pre exsisting but I dropped out after three years anyway I got sick and tired of paying and they would knock everything back so I was paying close to a thousand just for his needles which wasn't even $200 now if Ftse needs to go I just pay 100% out of my pocket/
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we just did the surgery.. tried some cream the vet gave us first but didn't work.. did the surgery.. and picked him up that evening and next day you could not even tell which one it was.. he never had any problems with dry eye or anything.. occasionally he would have what i call eye boogers (sorry) in that eye but not often..
If there are any conditions (such as cherry eye) before the policy started, they will not be covered in the future.
Upstate NY is large. Where are you? I'm in the city and we used Dr. Alexandra van der Woerdt. She's a board certified Ophthalmologist and runs the Ophthalmology department at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan (it's a veterinary hospital).
She tacked both of Blues eyes while he was under for his soft palate. She did a beautiful job and we haven't had any issues since. This was two years ago.
We did have to coordinate the entire procedure with another surgeon there, Dr. Pamela Schwartz who did the palate surgery. She's another wonderful board certified vet who specializes in soft tissue surgery. A year later she also did both of their neuters.
If you're within three hours of the city, I'd recommend the Animal Medical Center. It's a non-profit hospital that's open 24/7 and always has vets on staff. You really can't find better care than the AMC.
They're not cheap though. The eye surgery with anesthesia was over 1k. But mine needed both eyes tacked.
my odie's was removed..
When we had Annie's surgery and considered Rosie's surgery, we were told by specialists that there are two glands in the eye that produce tears, the protruding gland in cherry eye being one of them. So, removal of that gland will cut tear production. It may or may not cause dry eye immediately, but there would be more of a chance of developing dry eye later in your dog's life. Rosie's tear production was on the low end when the doc measured it and that is why we elected not to have the surgery. Personally, I would not have the gland completely removed. There is a method wherein the gland is shaved or partially removed to make it smaller before it is tacked into the pocket. I believe the specialist that did Annie's surgery enlarged the pocket before she stitched the gland in. I'm certainly no expert--just putting out my two cent's worth.
If your insurance will pay for it in January, I would certainly wait. Cherry eye is only a cosmetic problem and there is absolutely no harm in waiting.
We also tried massaging the gland back in, but it always popped back out. I may have put this in my other post that I tagged you to read, but our vet was a specialist referred to us by our regular vet. She had a lot of experience, had trained under the top cherry eye surgeon and then made her own improvements to his method and had never had a recurrence happen in her practice. We were lucky to find here here in town. I would think NY would have a specialist and maybe your vet could refer you to one? @CCandMurray
Also, keep in mind that the surgery can be done on both eyes, even if the other eye is not affected. Annie only had one cherry eye, but the vet did the surgery on both eyes to avoid another surgery should the gland in the other eye pop out, which was more than likely. This avoided Annie having to go under again and the expense of another surgery. It cost a little more, but not too much, and I'm so glad we did it that way.
Just picked up Penny - she did great! My vet recommended tacking as well. Alone the price would be $400/500. I wil be doing it when we neuter him. So for the neuter, stenotic nare and cherry eye, she estimated about $1600. But Penny's surgery was about $130 less than her estimate. It really just looks worse than it really is. Good luck with everything and I hope this helps!
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no nothing.. never had any problems with it again..