Feb 28 2011
Over the weekend, when the light from the open door hit Otis’s face just right, I saw a pretty good size dark spot on his eye. It use to be a lot smaller and he was already diagnosed with Pigmentary Keratitis (can cause blindness) a few months back. Well, the fact the spot was much larger, off to the vet we went. (Click pic to right to see the spot – left of pupil).
Now, if you remember the last time we went to the vet, we dealt with a faulty thermometer and had to take poor Otis’s temp 3 times! He was not pleased about that to say the least. Well, this time when the tech went to get the thermometer in the draw, Otis freaked and started climbing up my chest trying to get away from her and that “stick”. Fortunately for Otis, the tech did not have any disposable covers, so he was off the hook…this time!
Shortly after a quick over view with the tech of how Otis was doing, we waited patiently for the vet to come in. The vet came in shortly after that. She gave Otis the once over. Yes, indeed the spot was much bigger and she put him on 2 types of eye drops, one for inflammation for the eye irritation, and the one to slow the progression of the pigmentation….she said that sometimes it will even cause the pigment to lesson He will now be on eye drops for the rest of his life. Thankfully they are not too expensive. The vet also looked at some red spots in his groin area and the inside of his elbows.
The vet said this looks like a yeast infection caused by an allergy. Wouldn’t you know it, we had changed his food a few months back to a more holistic, natural one (Blue) but that is when I noticed him starting to lick himself in those areas. I had a suspicion that he had an allergy to the new food, but I wanted to give it longer…I mentioned this to the vet and she said that the new food may be higher in protein, which may be just too much for Otis, causing an allergy. Or who knows, there could be a vegetable in there he is allergic to.
The vet went to that same drawer that the thermometer is in only to get the light to look into his eyes and ears….whoa!! There Otis goes trying desperately to get away. I think that drawer and the thermometer incident will haunt him for the rest of his life! As soon as he saw it was not the thermometer, he calmed right down and let her check in his ears and eyes. She noticed lots of wax built up deep in his ear, which also can be caused by an allergy. Well, back on his original food he goes (Royal Canine – Pug formula).
So, we left the vet’s office with eyedrops, an antihistamine, ear cleaner and yeast pills! Oh and Otis weighed a whopping 18.9 lbs! Until next time……
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