This is Radar. She is a Hangin' Tree Cowdog, which is a mix of Border Collie, Kelpie, Australian Shepard and Catahoula Leopard. Hangin' Trees are bred to be working dogs...this little girl, however, will never get the thrill of following her instincts. She was born with Microphthalmia, which basically means her eyeballs are too small for her sockets. To make things worse, her inner eyelids completely cover the eyes. There is no cure. My vet told me I had two options - accept that we have a blind dog, or take her to a Veterinary Ophthalmologist to see if there's something they can do with the inner eyelid to perhaps give her a small field of vision. The visit to the vet is $150 just for the consultation, and there's no guarantee they can do anything. It's a small chance, but one I think she deserves. If the Ophthalmologist says there is something we can safely do to give her a chance at sight, I will be asking for money to fund whatever procedure is recommended.
UPDATE: Great news! Radar saw the eye doctor today, and aside from being the cutest most adorable dog the staff there has ever seen, she was given a ray of hope. The doctor confirmed that her eyes are indeed too small for the sockets, and that makes the third eyelid sit on the eyeball instead of retracting like it would on a normal eye when her eyes open. Plus, on her left eye, she has entropion, which means her eyelid turns inward and her eyelashes are rubbing against her eyeball. Quite uncomfortable I would assume. Once the doctor was able to pull away the inner eyelid of the left eye, he was able to see a clear eyeball, and the eye did respond to light. The right eye he wasn't so sure about...he said it looked very cloudy and may not be salvageable.
The suggested plan for proceeding is to remove part of the third eyelid of the left eye, and correct the entropion at the same time. During surgery the doc said he would be able to better assess the right eye and may or may not remove part of that inner eyelid at the same time, depending on what he sees.
Here's the kicker...the doctor gave me an estimate of around $900 to $1100, and that's just for the left eye. I really want to give Radar this chance at some sight, so am hoping to get help with funding. Anything will help.
Thank y'all in advance for any support.
Radar is beginning to show some behavioral problems related to her lack of vision. She is becomming very food aggressive and attacking anything that she perceives might be in or around her food. Usually this just means biting air, but I'm afraid if something, whether it be a person or one of our dogs, was accidentally in her area, she may bite them. Please, please, if you can donate even $1, it would be much appreciated. If we are unable to keep her, I want to at least have her surgery completed before trying to look for her a new forever home again.
Today, Radar had he surgery. The doctor was able to remove part of the inner eyelid of the left eye, and repair the entropian of the left eye as well. Her right eye, unfortunately but as he expected, was not salvageable. Right now, the swelling is such that we can't see if the surgery was successful on the left eye. Hopefully as the swelling goes down, we will notice a difference. Thank you to everyone who donated. Her surgery ended up being $935, so that's better than the $1000 or more I was expecting!