A couple months ago, we all noticed that Cricket was slowing down. She was hesitant to go down steps, through the doggie door, jump in the back of the car, etc. Cricket and I had some collisions the last time we tended her. (Later, I would realize she didn't see me and of course, I didn't see her :). The Travel Vet, Dr. Ben Brown, examined her. At the time he felt she was healthy other than her eyes!! He suspected cataracts. Oh ...sweet Cricket was having vision loss. I could so relate! I felt such gratitude for these beautiful brown eyes that had worked so hard for me. Dr. Brown suggested we meet with a veterinarian ophthalmologist.
|Cricket in her working days -- stopping to let me know DO NOT proceed.|
Yesterday we took her to the ophthalmologist vet. As I sat there and she began to do the basic testing on our sweet Cricket - it took me back for a moment to 32 years ago to the testing on my own eyes. A little different - instead of the doctor holding out his fingers to test my vision, this dr was quietly dropping a cotton ball in various angles to see what Cricket was seeing. After a couple more tests, she indicated Cricket did not have cataracts. She had retinal dysplasia and Lenticular Sclerosis -- hardening and thickening of the lens that results from normal aging in some dogs. There wasn't anything they could do for this - so I was a bit disheartened as cataracts can be treated. I could relate. Before she hurried out of the room to her next patient, she also suggested some further testing on her overall health to make sure we aren't missing something else going on with her - perhaps thyroid.
|Cricket and Georgie (silly girl grabs something for her mouth any chance she can) before the appointment.|
We came home, and I just wanted to hug her. After a few minutes she was done with that and waited patiently by our front door. She was so thrilled when her family came to pick her up. She ran out to the car. She is so loved and I am so grateful for this beautiful dog that has brought so much love and joy to so many. She is resilient and will get through this challenge. (Sounds familiar :).
Cheering you on in gratitude always Cricket. Thank you, thank you for all the ways you helped me believe that I could take on the day. You got this, Cricket!