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Takoda's Eye Operation
£460 raised
66% of £700 goal
23 contributors
4 Years running
On Saturday May 25th my dog Takoda started to squint his left eye very tightly. This had occurred once before two months earlier and we were given a gel drop (Fucithalmic viscous eye drops) for his eye. The problem corrected itself in a day so we ...
On Saturday May 25th my dog Takoda started to squint his left eye very tightly. This had occurred once before two months earlier and we were given a gel drop (Fucithalmic viscous eye drops) for his eye. The problem corrected itself in a day so we assumed the same thing would happen this time. The gel didn’t have the same effect this time and after a sleepless night where he showed that the pain was increasing we took him to the vet on Sunday for an emergency visit. This out of hours appointment cost £135 just to walk in the door with an additional £50 plus for pain relief. The out of hours vet looked for scratches to the eye and foreign objects but said there was nothing more he could do and that Takoda would need to see ocular specialist and that he could refer me but the referral would cost £300. He then informed me that as it was a bank holiday I would most likely need to wait until Tuesday even with a referral. Luckily for us our normal vet is an ocular vet and I was able to get in on the Tuesday to see him.

During this time through reading and research we figured that Takoda had acute glaucoma. This was confirmed by my vet as was the fact that he was now completely blind in his left eye. He informed me that we could possibly control the pressure enough with eye drops but if not the eye would continue to be painful and would need to be removed. I was given a series of eye drops to give him to try to control the swelling and to relieve the pressure in the eye. The drops alone cost £116. The main drops he needs( Latanoprost) to manage the pressure is £52 for a 2.5 mil bottle that only lasted a week because of all the times we missed the eye trying to get them into a dog who does not like to hold still for it.

I have already had to buy a second bottle of the expensive drops and even though he is getting a little better at taking the drops because we are trying to sneak them in at opportune times it doesn’t look like they are really going to be enough to last in the long term.

Takoda is a lovely boy but he is afraid of the vet and because he has fear aggression he can’t even be checked to see if this is primary glaucoma which will affect his other eye. If it is primary then he will be completely blind in six months to two years time. We are really hoping that this isn’t the case but there will be no way to know for sure until he is under anaesthetic for the removal of the damaged eye.

The operation will cost £700 which is quite a lot for us, especially considering what I have paid already and the fact that my other dog Keena has Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia which requires medication as well as regular blood tests because her immune system destroys her blood platelets.

We try to do our best by our dogs with what we have and I am not someone who likes to ask for help but after the tough last few years I have had, those of you who know me personally know how bad it has been, we could do with a little assistance. It is not only the difficulty in raising the £700 for the operation but the eye drops that will be needed to keep the painful pressure down leading up to the surgery will keep draining what I can try to save.

I hate to imagine my boy losing his beautiful blue eye but more so, I hate to think of the pain he will be in without the operation.

If you can help it would be greatly appreciated and if you can share this with others it would be absolutely amazing.

Thank you.
Dawn
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