I thought I'd share little Leela's story from the past few weeks. It all started when I went to cut nails one morning - and I noticed I could see the white of her right eye - which as we all know - really isn't that typical. I couldn't really see anything wrong until I began taking pictures - and got one that looked like this:
This is more than a cornea scratch (which is not uncommon) - it appears to actually be a puncture wound - most likely accidentally from someone else's nail.
We took her to a vet
that day. This vet
wanted to put her only on metacam and said that she had simply torn her 3rd eyelid, and that it would heal... though after talking to some glider pro's on here demanded antibiotics and picked them up the next morning (TMS). By day 2, she looked like this:
Things escalated quickly - I called this vet
back, but they suggested I go to an emergency vet
as they were closing in an HOUR AND A HALF. Aside from my issues with that vet
- which is another story - I was able to find the most wonderful veterinarian
I have found to date. By day 4 things had really started to escalate...
The eye then perforated, and the vet
consulted with Dr. Walsh (one of the consulting vets
on the emergency page). We were all in agreement to try TMS + a shot of convenia to give the eye a chance to heal naturally. I am going to skip to day 10 - as you can see the eye is shrinking, swelling is down - and we thought all was well.
advised to stop the antibiotics to see what happens. This would make sure the antibiotics are not just masking a problem that is not going away. Sure enough, the eye swelled, and she went in for surgery 2 days later.
Thankfully the surgery went well - she had an appetite immediately, and had to wear this cone & be on pain management / antibiotics all week -
It kept getting better and better - and as of yesterday she is done with pain meds, and back in with her cagemates, cone-free!
These pics are from this morning:
And for the cuteness factor, this was her first reunion with Trixie in the pouch...
I don't have any questions, just wanted to share her story. She is recovering well, and we are very happy. Figure any information that may help someone in the future is worth posting. If anyone has any questions for ME - feel free to ask! Also, here is a link to the full archive of all photos / videos taken throughout the past couple of weeks. Leela's Eye Infection / Enucleation surgery