It’s been awhile since I’ve written. Pascal and I had a little ordeal to get through, but we made it and I’m happy to say, everything turned out well! Pascal managed to avoid two weeks worth of walks, as well as a trip to the groomers, so, with the extra attention and as much sympathy from me as he could get, I think he didn’t consider it a totally bad trade-
One evening I noticed that the upper corner of hisl eft eyelid looked red. My first thought was that it must be an eye infection. I hoped that I could put hot compresses on it and it would go away. After applying hot compresses several times a day for five days I saw no improvement at all. I started to think that maybe it was something else; a spider bite, perhaps, or-? I was stumped~! When my daughter saw it she said that one of her dogs had something that looked like that & it turned out to be a tick- Tick? I hadn’t thought of that- Uh-oh—— I don’t deal with ticks! I decided that I’d better make an appointment with the vet.
I brought him in the following day and was shocked to hear that this little red bump was a tumor. I was told they are usually benign and it could possibly remain there as long as it wasn’t touching the cornea~ and his wasn’t. We decided to try antibiotic drops in his eye for a week and see if maybe they would shrink it a bit. I was supposed to call back the following week & report on how the eye was doing. The day that I brought him in, (the picture on the right,) it really didn’t look very big to me- But six days later, after using the drops to shrink it all week, this is what it looked like~(the photo on the left.) Not a pretty sight!
When I reported this to the vet he said to bring him in & he’d remove it. So~ I spent 2/3 of the next day in the waiting room at the vets while Pascal was in surgery. Finally, after what seemed like forever, they brought Pascal out to me, groggy & miserable, with stitches in his eyelid and a “cone” around his head. I carried him carefully to the car and strapped him into his seatbelt, where he lay down, moaning & breathing funny; making the entire 10-minute ride home feel more like 30 minutes. It was awful to see him like that. The first two days were rough, but I could see improvement each day and by the third day he was himself again, running to the window to bark at squirrels, and picking through his dinner, Pascal-style, scattering it around the dish so that it would look like he’d eaten more than he actually had- and thus garner his favorite treat, some baked potato.
I took this picture two days ago and you can see, other than the skin being a bit pink,- and that’s probably because all of his fur hasn’t grown back yet from where it was shaved, his eye looks “like new!”
The weather has finally cooled off, so I’m hoping he’ll be ready to go for walks again~ as long as it’s not too hot or too cold, or raining, or windy, or muddy- or too many prickly stickers, or~~~~~never mind! Feeling good!! C’mon Pascal, let’s go!