One of the reasons I chose to become a veterinary ophthalmologist came from an experience with one of my own pets, a wonderful Basset hound named Whiskey. She was like a soul mate to me, and I loved her dearly. During veterinary school, she developed glaucoma, which can be an excruciatingly painful and blinding condition in dogs. It’s much more severe than glaucoma in humans.
I spent the better part of my last two years of vet school fighting to keep her vision. The treatment options at the time were more limited than they are today, and ultimately Whiskey became permanently blind. The experience I went through with her fostered my ongoing desire to help animals with vision problems–to provide the best ocular care possible so they can live their lives to their full advantage. Ultimately, Whiskey did quite well as a blind dog; better than I could have imagined. The experience has helped me immensely in counseling my clients when their pets are experiencing vision loss. I understand entirely, because I’ve been there too.
I hope you find this brochure helpful as you begin this new stage of life with your dog. I’m sure you will find that it is a rewarding experience–and one you’ll recall with affection.