Saturday, April 26, 2014

Springtime is for vet bills

Trixie's eyes appeared to be sinking into her head.  In February, we went to the eye specialist to see what that was all about.

"It's Deep Pocket Syndrome.  It happens with deep-set eyes, the fat pad behind the eyeball starts to deteriorate with age and the eye sinks.  Happens with old people, too, which is why they tend to look a little skeletal.  Here's some drops, and use an eye wash twice a day to keep crap out of it."

Okay.  Seems reasonable.

By the beginning of April, it became evident that only ONE eye was sinking.  Does this happen?  Is this weird?  If it's deteriorating fat pads, wouldn't it be… symmetrical?

Maybe it's not so much that it's sinking, but that the tissue in the inner corner is rising, perhaps?

It's gotten quite large.  On Wednesday, it bled.  We go back to the eye vet.  It's not the usual guy.  She peers at my dog's big poofy third eyelid.  She makes grim faces.  

"This looks like melanoma."

Well, shit.

"I'm going to take pictures of this and show them to the surgeon on Monday.  These things are rather locally aggressive, but aren't as likely to spread throughout the rest of the body.  The challenging part is going to be the reconstruction."

Reconstruction.  How much of my dog's face are we going to have to remove?  I know you gotta get all the way past the edges of these things, but the edge is basically her eyelid and tear ducts.  She's got pretty loose skin, but damn. 

Mom had a black standard poodle when she was in her 20s who had eye cancer, and had his entire eye removed and sewn shut.  She just let the hair grow over his missing eye.  Nobody has mentioned removing her eye, but eyes need lids and tear ducts.

I don't care how she looks.  She can be a pirate dog, I don't care.  But the idea of someone slicing up my dog's face… this is not going to be fun for anyone.  She doesn't seem to be very uncomfortable, it's obstructing some of her vision, but I can't have that shit spreading anywhere else.  She won't understand that, though.  All she'll know is that her head hurts and she's in a cone.

Oh, my little broken friends.  I rescue you all from gutters, and then you become horrendously expensive.  Do other people's gutter animals get this expensive?  Or am I just the only one who pays attention to sinking eyeballs?

We must fix this, Trix.  Sandman loves you too much.


  1. Oh poor Trixie :( I hope it's only very local.

    I have had 4 rescue cats throughout my adult life and thankfully not too much trouble. Though two of them got run over at the age of 1 or 2 so there wasn't much time for them to get into trouble.

    1. How is Trixie doing? I've been thinking about you guys.

    2. She's fine. It's just that she has cancer. She has no idea.

  2. I'm just going to keep my fingers crossed the second vet is a 'glass half empty' kind of person and the surgeon says her melanoma diagnosis was wrong.