Post # 1
So, my dog was just diagnosed with glaucoma. The vet said that, right now, he has no vision in his left eye, and they aren’t sure if it’s going to come back. We have to give him 3 different types of eye drops for an indefinite amount of time, and all 3 are really expensive. He’s been moping around for the past few days and I can tell that he is in a lot of pain. The vet said if the pain continues an option would be to remove his eye and put in a prosthetic. Anyone out there know the cost of something like this? He’s only 6 and is a boxer.
Post # 3
My FMIL had her cat’s eye removed because of a similar reason–she’d lost almost all vision and there was a ton of pressure behind the eye that was likely causing her a LOT of pain. They said, “Well, we can give you medication for her that she’ll have to be on for the rest of her life, and there’s no guarantee that it will help. Or, we can remove her eye and take care of the problem altogether.” We talked her in to removing it, and the kitty is SO much happier now. She’s much friendlier and much more approachable than she was before, and she hasn’t snapped at anyone like she used to.
I don’t remember how much it cost, but you should ask your vet for an estimate. I wouldn’t put in a prosthetic–there’s no point. Where you live and your vet specifically will have an effect on cost.
Post # 4
@vorpalette: Thanks for your response! They had us bring him back to the vet a few times yesterday to check the pressure, and because of the meds, it brought it down. I live in PA and the closest opthalmologist (sp?) is in Ithica @ Cornell University (my vet wouldn’t do the actual surgery). I imagine that it isn’t going to be cheap. This all happened yesterday so I obviously have some research to do and I need to talk to my vet in more detail. I just feel so bad for him…he’s such a great dog and I really don’t want him to be in pain 🙁
Post # 5
I agree, you shouldn’t put a prosthetic, there’s no point and can bring problems later.
I think you should really think about the surgery, even if it’s pricey, because it’s your pet health and hapiness; I’m not a vet, but I know that price ranges are really different from area to area. Talk to the vet about it if you are concerned about not being able to pay it all, some clinics have payment plans for pricey procidures.
Post # 6
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In my area cost really varies by area. I live 20 minutes from one area but still take my cat there because of the price difference. So I would call around and get a few quotes. Or even a second opinion couldn’t hurt.
@vorpalette: about the prosthetic – why bother? I see LOTS of animals with their eye sewn shut and they seem just fine!
Post # 7
@Soon2BMrsC21: No, I totally understand. I would do anything for my furbabies. If I had to choose, I would choose surgery, hands down. The medication will be a rest of his life thing, but the surgery will be once and done.
If you cannot afford the cost of the surgery, CareCredit has a vet line, or you might be able to work out a payment plan? I’d discuss your options with them.
Post # 8
@vorpalette: I would do anything for my furbaby too. I wouldn’t have gotten him if I wasn’t willing to spend money to help him when he needs it.
@Soon2BMrsC21: FI and I have a boxer too. He’s only 7 months old and has already had eye surgery 🙁 it wasn’t as serious as what your dog is going through, but I can say that the cost of my little man’s surgery was $1,000.
He is still on eye drops, which are about $30/pack. The recovery took about 3 weeks of wearing a cone (pure hell for us both – he broke 3 cones). Boxers are so hyper – as you know – so it was important he didn’t get access to his eye while he was healing.
Post # 9
@lsimpson: I know that we’ll probably end up getting it removed. The cost isn’t the biggest issue, I was just curious to see if anyone had a ballpark idea. I did google it and it looks like it’s around $500, which isn’t too bad. I also googled prosthetic eyes on dogs– creepy!!
@vorpalette: Very true. I’d rather get the surgery than spend a fortune on medication that I’m not even too sure is helping.
@BoxerLady: Luckily, he isn’t too hyper, BUT we have another boxer that is 3. We’ve had to keep them separated the past 2 days because she wants to play with him, but we’re afraid she’s going to bother his eye. On a side note, she has really bad separation anxiety when he’s not around…while I was at the vet with him yesterday she houdini’ed out of her cage somehow and chewed the custom doorknob on the front door. It’s been a horrible week so far, to say the least!!
Post # 10
@Soon2BMrsC21: Our puppy chews and eats everything. It’s amazing what he can do. He is such a little escape artist and so curious about everything. My little man has awful separation anxiety too. It’s really hard to go to work with a boxer trying to block you from the door!
Post # 11
I’m a vet.
If you’re not putting in a prosthetic (and you certainly don’t have to!) you do not necessarily need to go to a boarded surgeon (i.e. Cornell) for surgery to remove the eye. Many general practitioners will perform this surgery…so if your vet won’t do it, you can probably call around to find someone closer who will. You definitely want a practice that will perform pre-anesthetic bloodwork and use an IV catheter and fluids during the surgery. You definitely want to pre-treat with the medications as bringing the pressure down makes the surgery a lot easier. Dogs and cats do fine with only one eye.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with going to Cornell to have a specialist perform the surgery, but you will be paying more for the surgery with a specialist (unless they have a discounted option for a student surgeon – when I was in veterinary school it was common for students to perform this surgery under supervision)
Post # 12
@Soon2BMrsC21: Prices are going to vary, but to see a specialist at Cornell to have a prosthetic placed is probably going to be a lot more than $500. As PP mentioned, you don’t have to have the prosthetic, you can remove the whole eye. It is a personal preference issue. Some owners do not like the idea of a one eyed dog. For myself, I think the prosthetics look weird and would rather have no eye. If you want to have the eye removed, your vet or another general practice vet in the area can likely do the surgery for much cheaper than a specialist.
Post # 13
@pixiecat: Thanks for your reply! We actually have an appointment with our vet on Monday to see what the options are. We decided to do that before going to a specialist. The swelling went down a lot and he’s back to acting normal.
I did good the prosthetic eyes, and they are just stange looking. At this point, I think that we will end up not seeing the specialist and having the eye removed if it will be more comforting for the dog.
He’s SUCH a great dog, and I hate seeing him in pain 🙁 I’ll update next week. Thanks everyone for all of your comments. Hope everyone has a nice Easter!