(Closed) Any vets out there? Need advice…

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

My Future Mother-In-Law 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 # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

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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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

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.

I second 

@vorpalette:  about the prosthetic – why bother?  I see LOTS of animals with their eye sewn shut and they seem just fine!

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

@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 # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

@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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@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.

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