Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: The Girls


The non-wordless update from Fi's Mom: I took TaiChi back to the ophthalmologist vet today to have her eyes checked, and the visit was quite a bit more complicated than I had hoped for. When the vet when to look at her eyes, she was afraid that maybe TaiChi's retina had become detached, but she couldn't actually tell because of the really bad cataracts that she has in her right eye. So, they did an ultrasound on her (at no charge, amazingly - they just wanted a way to check on the retina), and determined that, in fact, her retina is detached. Which means that she is blind in her right eye. However, her cataracts were so bad in her right eye that she was likely very close to being blind in that eye, anyway.

Because of the detached retina, and her chronic renal failure (i.e. her kidneys are failing - not unusual in a dog her age - and we've known about this for over a year - and she get subcutaneous fluids every other day to help her kidneys process toxins), the vet thought that she might have high blood pressure. So, they checked her blood pressure, and it was REALLY high. (Normal is about 100; she was at 180 - even with the stress that vet visits cause her, 180 is Way Too High). The good news is that they have really effective treatments for high blood pressure in dogs.

So. The upshot? TaiChi will be on blood pressure medicine for the rest of her life - we'll monitor her blood pressure until we get her blood pressure back down, and then we'll stabilize her dose. Luckily, it's a Really Small pill, because TaiChi isn't so thrilled about taking pills (even when hidden in peanut butter). TaiChi will also be on two sets of eye drops for the rest of her life; they are designed to prevent secondary glaucoma (which is a potential problem resulting from the detached retina). If she does develop secondary glaucoma, it can be treated, but we have to be on top of it, because she could lose the eye, and at her age, she can't handle surgery. But, that is a worst-case scenario, and we're keeping our fingers and paws crossed that this won't happen.

She's a very old dog, and these health problems are not surprising (especially given that she was a puppy mill puppy). But I'll always worry about her. And, truthfully, I'm worried about leaving her to go visit my Mom, who has also been having health problems. However, TaiChi is not in any imminent danger (at least no more so than she has always been in just from being an old dog).

*whew* Okay. So I'm worried about my little old lady. But the above picture? It makes me smile - it was taken right after TaiChi got home from the vet, and it was almost like Fi was holding TaiChi. It was so sweet. I love my kids - even when they worry me.
- Dr. Liz


Sunny said...

Hi Fiona,
You are too cute! I love to snuggle!
Luv, Lucy

Lorenza said...

Happy Wednesday!
Kisses and hugs

1000 Goldens said...

They're spooning! That is the sweetest thing :)

Ms. ~K said...

I can feel the love...too sweet!

pam said...

That is the sweetest picture in the whole born world!

Dory and the Mama said...

OMD...that is the best picture I have seen all day!!!!!!


BRUTUS said...

Two peas in a pod, I'd say!! How nice that they like to snuggle together :)

Brutus the Frenchie

Mollie Jo and Bobo said...

AWWWW! Sibling Love!

-Mollie and Bobo

Life With Dogs said...

Sorry for your new worries - but it sounds like you can reasonably expect to control it. That is great news. :)

Dennis the Vizsla said...

Very sweet. Hope the meds and eye drops help TaiChi.

hero said...

Hope all is going well for TaiChi despite her age. I'm sure she had a good life thus far.

Licks, hero

Martha Basset said...

Hi Fiona
We loved your sweet picture. We are so sorry for your mom to have all these worries about TaiChi - we understand how difficult it can be when your much loved pet is growing older with health problems.
The positives are that the medications should help control things and keep TaiChi comfortable.
She is extra special now cos she is an old lady.
Basset hugs and kisses
Martha & Bailey xxxx

The Thundering Herd said...

Great picture.

Hope the meds help TaiChi. We have had to do eye drops here temporarily - would about rather do a pill - so hope it goes smoothly.

Mango said...

At least she is able to be comfortable, right? Most certainly you will take good care of her, right Fiona?

Momma says her Pi dog had the glaucoma and they didn't catch it in time and it gave her bad pain, so it is good that your mom is on top of things.


Abby said...

Hi, Fiona...

That is the sweetest picture...You can see how much they love eachother...

My paws are crossed for TaiChi...

Abby xxxooo

Woodrow, Luna, MJ Campanella said...

we will keep our paws crossed for her - that everything gets stabilized

Woodrow - Sweetie - MJ

YD, sometimes with Samantha & June said... sweet! The picture makes us smile.
We will keep our paws cross for Tai Chi.

Sam & June

The Army of Four said...

That is indeed the SWEETEST picture!
We will say a prayer for Tai Chi.
Tail wags,

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Of khourse woo do!

It is our magikh power!