It is however, not as bad as it could be so that’s a plus.
Today I took my beloved Ginger puppy to see the vet as I suspected something unusual was going on with her eyes. I had noticed a few times in the past couple of months that her eyes sometimes had a strange blue tint, but I always thought it was a trick of the light. Maybe I didn’t even think that, as the observation was so fleeting that it barely even registered in my mind. It wasn’t until I paid a visit to my aunt on the weekend, who has a recently blind dog, that I even realised I’d been seeing the blue tint for so long. Still I ignored it, thinking maybe I was just being paranoid. When I noticed the blue-ness again the next day however, I decided to investigate. I shone a flashlight into her eyes and really studied the milky blueish tint for the first time. I pondered, I researched, I even compared with my friend’s dog’s eyes. I pondered some more. Worry was definitely in the mix somewhere, so I booked the vet appointment, even though I thought (and hoped) that I was just crazy.
Unfortunately, as the vet assured me, I was not crazy and poor Ginger has developed cataracts in both eyes. The vet said that it is in the early stages and it will probably be a couple of years before full blindness sets in, but she also said that it is likely affecting her vision already because it is difficult to see the retina behind the cloudyness. In spite of this, I have yet to see any real signs of vision loss yet.
The good news is that dogs adjust rather well to being blind if the onset is slow, which it is likely to be. We also have an easy floorplan when it comes to her navigating the house; all one level and pretty much a straight line from one room to the next, not a lot of corners. The news is upsetting of course, and in my heart I grieve, but I know that the situation is much more upsetting for me than it is for Ginger. She is still happy and healthy, though a little overweight, and to her nothing has really changed, life is good.
So in honour of my beautiful baby, have some pics :)
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