About 9 months ago one of our Boston Terriers (Loki) was playing fetch and got hit in the eye with the stick. The eye is now shriveled and doesn't seem to have any sight. It doesn't seem to bother him but now I'm wondering if it should be removed since just a few weeks ago his little brother had to have an eye removed after it popped out while they were playing. We think Loki caught it with his nail. Is there anyway to tell if its causing him pain?
Type of Animal: Boston Terrier
Pet's Gender: Male
Pet's Age: 6
Name of Dog: Loki
This is an old injury; at the time just iced and flush with water. Swelling went down then a while later noticed it started looking shriveled.
HI,Welcome to Just Answer. I'm very sorry to hear about Loki's eye situation. With it looking shriveled, it sounds like it is a compromised eye where it is no longer performing the ultimate function of sight. But, is it an eye that is causing pain or issues that require it to be removed? That is something that I would say having your vet evaluate him for can help to determine. They can definitely look at the eye to see if there are any treatment options to help its ability to function or to stay comfortable. If it is a non-visual, small / shrunken eye that isn't painful - it wouldn't necessarily need to be removed. The big things I look for with pain are if he was rubbing the eye, having excess discharge from it, not being as active / playful as normal (this may be a little less due to decreased vision), not eating as well and in general not being as social as normal.
12 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian
He acts like his old mischievous old self; doesn't paw at it, eats and plays normally. It does look all black; not brown like the other eye and smaller so we assume he's blind in it. But he doesn't bump into things or seem to bother him.
With him acting like his old self and not pawing at it, eating normal and playing normal - there is a very good chance that the eye isn't currently painful. I would still encourage having your vet check it over as that is the ultimate to determine what is going on with it. Could there be some corneal scaring present that may respond to some medications? I would like to make sure there isn't something that can be currently treated to maybe improve vision in the eye.
Hi,I'm just following up on our conversation about Loki. How is everything going?Dr. Bruce