Quick version of what the doctors found. He is already blind in his left eye from a detached retina, that cannot be repaired. That was his "good" eye, or so we thought. Cataracts were not too bad in that one, so we hoped to be able to restore good vision to that one. That was bad news number 1. The vets at WSU are very concerned that the trauma of doing the surgery on his right eye will cause the retina to detach in that eye and he would be fully blind from the surgery itself.
In addition to that, he already has increased pressure in the right eye and the surgery can cause sudden on-set of glaucoma or at least enough pressure to be painful and the need for even more medication. He also has severe floaters in the eye which will diminish the effectiveness of the cataract surgery, event without the other problems. I asked the head doctor what would she do if it were her dog. She said the risk of causing instant total blindness or setting off glaucoma was too high in her opinion. This way, he may have some limited vision for years to come. Or, if he does go blind, it will be a more gradual fading and he will adjust to it as it goes along. This is far better than sudden, complete blindness or the long term pain of glaucoma.
The surgery could not be done for a couple of months anyway, they are backed up that far. That gave us time to really think about what was best long term for Sitka. So, after a lot of prayer and deep thought, we feel that not doing the surgery is the kindest thing we can do for him. He does have vision remaining in his right eye. He knows his way around in his barn run. He has a nice big indoor/outdoor barn run all to himself. He is taken out for long walks as often as we can. He does well on walks and seems very comfortable walking along with you. He uses his nose like a white cane, always sweeping from side to side as he walks. We all adore and love the dog and will make sure he is comfortable and as happy as we can make him. He gets eyes drops in both eyes every day and is he easy to work with when you do that.
I would love to find him a loving, forever home. It will take a very special person with just the right kind of set up, but I really would like for him to find a home before he is completely blind.
Thank you to all of Sitka's supporters out there.
Sitka's long term care and medical needs? His eye drops cost about 30 per month, He will need follow up appts. with Dr. Collier in Tri-Cities to follow up on his vision status and the increased pressure. He will most likely need eye drops for that if it gets too high.
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Sitka is an adorable 4 year old Siberian husky. Unfortunately, because his former owner was uneducated about the needs of this breed he was sadly neglected. He has bounced back nicely, though, with a healthy diet and is now neutered, wormed, and UTD on all his shots. Because he is very rambunctious, he should not be around small children or cats, but he will get along fine with other dogs as long as he has a proper introduction. He bonds quickly with people who give him love and attention. He learns quickly and loves riding in vehicles. He needs a large fenced in area because he is very energetic and loves to play. He is looking for a committed, active owner who is looking for a family companion.
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