Yesterday at 1am, I was giving George his usual eye drop for pigmentary keratitis (imagine mud in your eye) and it has a steroid in it and apparently he had an ulcer in his eye that was below the surface. Within minutes of getting his usual drop, his cornea dropped inward and his inner eye turned blue. Mom and I waited until the vet's office in town opened and we got there about 8:30am. We were immediately seen and then just as quickly told that we needed to hit the road for a 2-hour drive to K-State Veterinary Hospital in Manhattan, KS. The ophthalmology department cleared their afternoon just for us (so they said) and we went for a consult and then he was off to surgery.
Diagnosis: Ruptured Descemetocele--aka, a very deep and infected ulcer (left eye)
Surgery: A conjuctival graft...take a tissue from the outer part of the eye and suture it on top of the cornea where the damage was located...basically George looks like he has a pink tongue on his left eye.
Last night: We drove home from K-State around 6pm and got home about 8:30pm. George would not eat and it was expected from the nausea he was experiencing from the anesthetic. He was restless and finally stopped fighting sleep around 11pm.
This Morning: Whining in pain. Gave him his pain pill as we thought he might throw it up last night. Gave him his antibiotic. Both had to be placed down his throat. Problem was that the antibiotic required food...so we called our local vet to see how we could get him to eat. We were told it was okay to remove the "cone" and allow him to eat anything he would eat...so we opted for cheese and some turkey lunch meat. He was receptive. Put back on the cone...but took off his harness as he seemed uncomfortable. I will soon be going to the vet to get them to teach me how to take on and take off the cone appropriately and also to buy a collar for the cone.
Ongoing Medical Treatment: Besides his once a day painkiller and his twice a day oral antibiotic, George has the eye drop, Ofloxacin that has to be applied 8-10 times daily to his left eye. He also has to have Genteal severe eye drops to keep his eyes lubricated for each eye...two bottles...one for the left eye and one for the right eye...application 4 times a day.
Power of the Paw Needed that the surgery is a success and that he keeps with his treatment without fuss and that he is in little to no pain during this time period.
Thanks and God Bless,