On Molly’s first visit to the vet in Tring at the beginning of February because her left eye was ‘cloudy’ and she seemed to be in pain, squinting and not opening her eye properly, we discovered that the pressure in her eyes was way, way above what it should be and that it is a symptom of glaucoma. We were also told that she has a displaced lens in her left eye which gives it that cloudy, milky appearance.
The vet gave us eye drops for the glaucoma and told us to continue to give her Metacam (pain killer) if she appeared to be in any discomfort.
At home she’s been great, her usual self, full of mischief, chasing with George round the boat, up onto the backs of the sofas and down again with her toys, just generally being as she’s always been.
We took Molly back to the vets a week later and were really pleased to tell her that Molly’s eye had been clear and she’d had no pain at all. The vet measured the pressure in both eyes and they were now well within the normal range. We were so relieved. The vet suggested that we return to see her before leaving the area to check things out once more which we will do.
Between then and now we’ve only had to give her the Metacam three times when her eye was cloudy and she was obviously in some distress, but the medication works quickly and she’s then back to normal.
Yesterday morning George was taking Molly out, opened the back door onto the deck and gave Molly a call, she went to the three rather steep steps but as she reached the top she fell backwards. She tried again and was fine and has been up and down the steps at least a dozen time since perfectly well.
This lunch time when we were sitting on the back deck in the sunshine Molly started to squint so we gave her the Metacam. Later Molly went down into the boat and when she came back she stumbled on the top step and missed her aim to get onto the deck, she recovered quickly and didn’t fall but when she walked across the deck she bumped into the ash carrier which was on the left of her vision, the cloudy eye. I called her over to me and it was obvious that she didn’t know where I was. George picked her up and cuddled her and she’s slept for a while.
She’s again just gone up the steps ok and sat on the top one which is her way of telling us she wants out. She’s just come back and is as fine as ninepence again!
We are now wondering if surgery is needed and that we need to get back to the vets sooner rather than later to discuss her condition. If she does need some surgery we need to be able to stay somewhere it can be done. We are due to go to Scotland for 10 days at the beginning of April leaving the boat at Harefield Marina so we’ve got 4-weeks to try and sort this out.