I could've saved us all a bunch of trouble had my two "consulting" veterinarians known that dogs pupils are operated by the same muscle group and aren't independent like humans.
Monday was our "pre-op" consult for Vinnie's cataract repair. After a few tests, and a check for glaucoma, the Dr. proclaimed Vinnie's optic nerve had either detatched or the macula was destroyed. He could do ultrasound and an EMG to be absolutely sure (to the tune of another $340), but Vinnie failed all the tests he performed aside from the pressure (no glaucoma yet). We're too late.
The Dr. agreed that Vinnie had suffered a severe eye injury, and he thought it likely caused loss of optical function at that time due to major infection or some such. The cataract formed in response to the infection and it's a testament to Vinnie's spirit that he's even got the eye now. He's a fighter!
Many of you generously donated to help with the surgery, which is no longer an option. We'll still have additional ongoing expenses for glaucoma checks (@ $140 a pop annually), and my intention is to put the funds into a HSA of sorts for Vinnie's eye care; or I'm totally willing to return your money if that's what you'd prefer. Just let me know.
We got our first round of treats (as instructed by other donors) on Tuesday after my bad mood subsided following the Vet visit. Vinnie loves chewing on antlers, and really loves these smoked cow bones, so we loaded up on them.
Of course Lexi had to photo bomb the pic.