Pull my finger......

Warning: Bug-eyed dogs can pop out their eyes...

   Sun, September 28, 2008 - 11:09 AM

Chico, our Chihuahua suffered this all to common catastrophe of a prolapsed eyeball, or proptosis ... and now I am on higher alert for the Pug...

GraCee was coming in the house from the backyard, and as I was closing the sliding glass door and watching to not step on GraCee, I closed the door right on Chico's head. Chico gave out a yelp, and I opened the door again to let him in, and saw his right eye bulging out of his eye socket..

We rushed him to the emergency vet clinic, which was standing room only with about a half of dozen dogs with various bites, car accidents and stomach pumping situations.. It took 2 hours, just to been seen by one of the 2 vets on duty... Some other gal had to drive to the next emergency clinic 30 mins away as her dog would not be stitched up that night until about 4-5 hours late due to cases in front of her.

Chico as not in pain, but looked hideous. He actually wanted to sniff the other dogs. Chico is almost 13 years old, so he seemed to just take all this in stride. The vet bills offered for "surgery" and anesthetize Chico were in the $800 to $1700 range.. although we were told we could wait until Monday to see if our regular vet would perform this surgery cheaper as the rates for emergency pet care are twice to 3 times higher.

So, we took Chico home with 5 days worth of pain pills, anti inflammation medications, eye antibiotic gel and a plastic neck collar.

This morning, after icing up the eye, and having Chico on pain and anti inflammation meds, Scott sterilized his hands and Chico's face, and popped the eye back in.. We gelled it up with the anti biotic, taped the eye closed and wrapped him up. He is resting, the pain pills knock him out. Chico took the "procedure" in stride, did a groan when the eye was put back in place, but is so much more comfortable and sleeping.. I expect we will keep him sleeping for the next 3-4 days...

We decided the surgery would have first been too expensive, but the last time Chico had been anesthetized to have some teeth removed, he did not recover well from the breathing tube put down his throat, he coughed and sputter for 3 months, and I could not put him through that again, especially as he is 5 years older and I would have fully expected him to not survive the surgery..

Scott is my hero, I can't believe he has the strength and gentle love for this little dog to hold him, fix him up and be the big guy protecting the little dude... All the dogs run to Scott first, when ever they are barked at from other dogs, or get a injection,,, they run to Scott, he is their big protector, calm, quiet, deep voiced and gentle.

And in all this, the huge weight of guilt I felt in causing this damage to Chico, was deflated by Scott and the vet folks telling me how common this is for the bug-eyed dog breeds... now, to see if Chico loses his sight, which is very possible. Hang in their little buddy.


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Sun, September 28, 2008 - 11:16 AM
wow WTG Scott I could not do that I think. good luck Chico
Sun, September 28, 2008 - 11:34 AM
oh, and if this does happen to your dog.. and they don't look to be suffering any brain trama..

pop that eye back in ASAP.. if you do it within ten mins, the eye sight has a very good chance of being saved...
Sun, September 28, 2008 - 11:40 AM
O honey I am so sorry to hear about this. try not to be too hard on yourself as it was just an accident. sending positive healing vibes to Chico, you and Scott.
Sun, September 28, 2008 - 11:46 AM
oh, little Chico!
Best wishes for his eye's speedy recovery.

It's apparent from your blog that your are a wondeful, loving dogmama.
Sun, September 28, 2008 - 2:33 PM
I'll confess that I have, on occasion, been known to lob the occasional chihuahua joke. But that is such a sad picture I find my sense of humor oddly dulled. Kudos to Scott.

And best wishes to Patch errr... Chico.

Sun, September 28, 2008 - 4:57 PM
Awwwwwe. Poor little thing. YAY for Scott!
Sun, September 28, 2008 - 5:04 PM
Ahhh! Chico looks good and stoned, and a bit forlorn, and, alas, Scott is a hero, and you, Ms Chico's mama, don't allow that guilt to eat at ya... it was an accident and Chico has loving parents to take care of him... he looks as if he's gonna get lots of attention

Sun, September 28, 2008 - 5:11 PM
Nice job Scott! And yeah, when I was a kid, we had a Pekingese that got in a brief tussle with our Collie (if I recall right) - they were great friends, but had a momentary squabble about something, and the Peke's eyeball suffered the same fate - only it wasn't saved. He did fine for many more years on a single eye; he still thought he was the absolute shit. Hope Chico recovers fast!!
Sun, September 28, 2008 - 5:44 PM
Wow Scott is my hero!!!! Bless him for having the love and courage to take care of the little guy. :)

Good grief I wonder what crazy planets went into what configuration to cause such chaos at the ER!

I had a kitty that had to wear a collar like that for a long time and I felt sorry for him, that hard plastic had to be uncomfortable, so I made one out of foam rubber, about 1/2" thick, cut a circle in the same shape as the plastic one and fastened it on either end with paperclips. It was much softer for him and flexible so he could use it like a pillow to lay down. It worked great.
Sun, September 28, 2008 - 6:14 PM
well, after he heals up, we are going to get him an eye patch.. and he will be Capt Chico Sparrow... pirate chihuahua
Sun, September 28, 2008 - 9:04 PM
I love Chico.....
Sun, September 28, 2008 - 9:12 PM
glad it's back where it belongs; and you kept it in perspective. i know there's a bad pun in there some where. i hope he's feeling better and it heals ok. i'm really happy that you were still able to make it up here. i had a great time although a bit more subdued than some of the other parties here i think still a good one and new faces too.
good luck chico

Sun, September 28, 2008 - 9:15 PM
Chico the wonder dog! Ahhhhhh--this just tears me up to see him like this. I love that guy! Here's hoping all is well and Good Job Scott! And yeah--given that this had happened right before you were set to come here--I'm REALLY appreciative you made the party!
Mon, September 29, 2008 - 9:07 AM
poor little guy! Good job Scott. Sarah, methinks he's a keeper.
Mon, September 29, 2008 - 9:53 AM
You both did good by your dog.. Chico is lucky to have such good parents..
Mon, September 29, 2008 - 10:07 AM
oh sweet puppy! kisses
Mon, September 29, 2008 - 8:06 PM
soooo sad. Sorry, my bug-eyed Luba sends much healing love.
Tue, September 30, 2008 - 10:17 AM
oh honey, I'm so sorry!

Chico!! Dude!! Get better soon yo

Scott is incredible in so many ways-- you're very lucky to have each other! My/our love to you all.
Tue, September 30, 2008 - 1:17 PM
Patch party!!!
I call an eye patch party in honor of Chico and to support his recovery!

All food should be in the form of balls, bandages or patches...
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Mon, November 10, 2008 - 5:25 PM
don't beat yourself up!!
This has happened to my dog twice. Both times we aren't sure how, but she just walks up to the door and there you have it. The first time it happened in April 10 hours before I had to be at the airport. We took her to the emergency clinic and they told me $2000 at least. After I revived myself I told them to make her comfortable for the rest of the night and I would take her to her vet in the morning. My amazing vet was able to put her eye back in and she has excellent vision now! Grand Total $400. This happened again just last night while we were moving and the outcome this time I'm afraid is not as good. The vet is not so optimistic this time :(. We'll see what happens. I had never heard of this situation before and I hope all chihuahua owners are fully warned. This is a very traumatic experience for your dog and family!! I have literally had to take 2 days off of work for round the clock care for my baby. Good luck chico!! Chula and I are rooting for you!!!!