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    Default I opted for surgery, do you think I'm doing the right thing?

    I took Ida to the vet today because her "tear-stains" are driving me nuts! I have done EVERYTHING to get rid of them, and they just get worse. So I took her in to see if she needed an anti-biotic or something. Someone had mentioned Panalog ointment, which I don't have on hand. So I thought I'd see about getting some of that. Well my vet (who I TOTALLY trust) says she needs entropion surgery on both eyes. He ask if she scratches at her eyes or rubs her face on the carpet, which she doesn't do. He said they are in need of correction, but just barely. He said the irretation to her eyes is causing the bad tear stains and he thinks she'd benefit from the surgery, but it wasn't an absolute MUST. He said he thinks it's bothering me more than it's bothering Ida. But the thoughts of always feeling like you have "something" in your eye? That CAN'T feel good. So I went ahead and scheduled her surgery on the same day Arrow is getting neutered. We"ll just make one trip and have one worked on one end, the other end on the other. He sort of left it up to me. He did say it won't improve or go away without the surgery. So I'm doing it. Is this the right decision?

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    Default Re: I opted for surgery, do you think I'm doing the right thing?

    Arrow? Did I miss something....???

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    Arrow is our St. Bernard. He's 3 1/2. No, you haven't missed another Bully.

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    Default Re: I opted for surgery, do you think I'm doing the right thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gertie's Mom View Post
    Arrow is our St. Bernard. He's 3 1/2. No, you haven't missed another Bully.
    Okay, Just checking! You have been away for a couple weeks, anything could have happened.

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    Default Re: I opted for surgery, do you think I'm doing the right thing?

    To be honest, I think along the lines of it being cosmetic surgery for the dog, since the vet said its up to you and it would be minimal change to the dog. I would worry about the danger of the surgery itself. I wish you the best and hope it all goes well...

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    Default Re: I opted for surgery, do you think I'm doing the right thing?

    Do you have any pictures? The risk of putting your bully to sleep is it worth it, there is no guarantee that the tear stains will disappear. Many Bullies with normal eyes have tears stains. Are the lashes turning in on the eyes, did they do a corneal stain test that showed damage? Just some food for thought.

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    Default Re: I opted for surgery, do you think I'm doing the right thing?

    Maybe I wasn't clear. I don't think it's "cosmetic", it will help her eyes feel better, and the bonus will be less staining. At least that's how I understood it. I would never do anything to endanger her unnecessarily. I have to go in on Fri. to get a pre-surgury appt. on Arrow, so I'll talk to my vet again and just make sure I'm understanding him correctly. If he thinks it doesn't need to be done, I don't think he would have suggested it. This is sooo stressful!! I just want to do what's best for Ida.

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    Default Re: I opted for surgery, do you think I'm doing the right thing?

    I wouldn't call is cosmetic either. I'd have the surgery done on myself if my eyelashes were turned in and irritating my eyes. If left untreated, it could cause damage. Atleast that's what someone told me about O.

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    Default Re: I opted for surgery, do you think I'm doing the right thing?

    I really think you should try a grain free chicken/turkey free diet for one month to see if that helps her eyes. I personally think she just has allergies by seeing her photos. This would cause those eyelids to roll inward from the swelling. And if it is allergies like I suspect, then you are only treating the symptom and not the problem. She will still have watery eyes regardless of the surgery. I think she needs allergy meds myself and a switch in food. Then if that does not make her more comfortable, go for the surgery.

    I just don't really like how it was an "up to you" scenario. If she NEEDED it, he surely would have made that clear.

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    Default Re: I opted for surgery, do you think I'm doing the right thing?

    "its up to you" surgery on a bully sounds somehow not right.
    I feel your vet is being ellusive. If she needs the surgery then yes fair enough but it sounds like your vet isnt convinced. We will all do everything to help our babies and that includes the stress of surgery...if necessary.
    I would personally go with @desertskybulldogs suggestion for now and try the new food maybe even ask the vet for an allergy shot, and see how she gets on.

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    Default Re: I opted for surgery, do you think I'm doing the right thing?

    @Gertie's Mom, When I switched Vegas to a grain free, gluten free, chicken and turkey free food, (Nature's Variety Instinct, Salmon) and he started getting allergy shots every 4-5 weeks it made a huge difference in his tear stains, I still have to battle with them but NOTHING like before, but I also have a huge grapefruit tree in my back yard that is flowering and not only affecting his eyes and allergies but mine as well. My opinion, is to try what desertskybulldogs said and go from there. The shots make a huge difference in his redness and itching.

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    Default Re: I opted for surgery, do you think I'm doing the right thing?

    I agree with Desertsky also, what can waiting a month or so do at this point anyhow right? You poor thing, it would be so much easier if the vet did say she needs it now. Making these decisions is SO hard! What food are you feeding now anyhow?

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