Recently JoJo was diagnosed with Keratitis which causes lumpy growths on her eyeballs. About a month ago I noticed these small growths – which at 1st I thought were just little “eye boogies” but they wouldn’t move when she blinked so that’s when I realized there were actually growing on her eyeball between the white part and the iris. I took her to see her vet – she suspected keratitis and told me it is a common thing for German Shepherds to get. She was put on eye drops – 2 drops for each eye 3 times a day for 2 weeks.
The growths eventually became smaller and then pretty much cleared up, but recently reappeared in the same spot, bigger this time and more of them – it’s amazing how fast they are growing. So last night we were back in to the vet who suggested more aggressive treatment. She will be on the drops for 1 month now – still 2 drops each eye 3 times a day and will also be on a Doxycycline pill (3/4 tablet – those suckers are hard to cut up by the way!!) for a month. She kept spitting the pill out this morning so I covered it in a chunk of peanut butter to get her to eat it. After I fed it to her, I licked the extra peanut butter off my fingers and WOW – all I could taste was the bitterness of the pill (I guess the powder from cutting it up)- NO WONDER she didn’t want to eat it!!
We are hoping it will not be a chronic issue, but it could be and there is a possibility it could lead to blindness. The vet seems hopeful though and if we stay on top of it, hopefully that will not be the outcome.
I also noticed a very small growth right in the middle of her left eye when we were at the vet – right over the pupil. I said to the vet that maybe this was distorting her vision and that I had noticed she seems to get startled easier, which then causes her to bark at people. The vet agreed with this. I then asked very seriously that if there is a possibility she would go blind if she would write me a note to give to Kevin that states she will require a seeing eye dog. I explained that is the only way that Kevin will let me get another dog at the moment. She thought this was hysterical and promised she would work on that! 🙂 haha!
Seriously though I am very worried about her – I am hoping for the best and we will deal with whatever happens, but geez! Between a diabetic cat having regular glucose checks and all the weird stuff that happens to JoJo I am in the vet all the time! You would think they would have some kind of frequent customer reward program – how awesome would that be!?
Everyone at the vet remarked how calm and gentle she was – she was even worried about a kitten who kept crying – I wish I could have videoed that cuteness! So keep your fingers crossed that this treatment works – at least she doesn’t mind the eye drops at all! I really do have a sweet dog! 🙂