Leo-8 Days Post Surgery

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Leo on his 8th day of healing!

Leo on his 8th day of healing!

Leo is very perky, alert and the goal is to play.

Leo is very perky, alert and the goal is to play.

Leo's eye is continuing to look very good.

Leo’s eye is continuing to look very good.

You can see that Leo's bruising is almost 100% gone.

You can see that Leo’s bruising is almost 100% gone.

Leo was in a love-puppy mood, yet every time I tried to take a photo of kisses his tongue wasn't out.

Leo was in a love-puppy mood, yet every time I tried to take a photo of kisses his tongue wasn’t out.

Whoo-hoo, caught a tiny tongue photo.  You can see how good Leo's eye is starting to look in this photo.

Whoo-hoo, caught a tiny tongue photo. You can see how good Leo’s eye is starting to look in this photo.

Another close-up...look how excited Leo looks.

Another close-up…look how excited Leo looks.

Even with just one eye Leo is still a very handsome boy.

Even with just one eye Leo is still a very handsome boy.

"Are you eyeballing me?"

“Are you eyeballing me?”

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  1. My almost 10 year old bosten is having double enucliation surgery tomorrow morning. He hes been blind for years from cataracts. Drops have stopped keeping the pressure down and the time has come. Happy he wont be in discomfort and pain anymore yet sad to lose the eyes. He looks up at you with those big eyes and even though he is blind he is still looking at you. Glad to see that your dog is doing well. I can only hope Jo’s surgery and recovery goes well too. Please pass on any advice

    • I hope that everything with Jo’s surgery goes well. He will be in my thoughts. Being that he is already blind part of my advice was going to be to not move stuff around in the house, keep everything familiar, but you already know that. If you have other pets keep them and Jo separated for a couple of weeks….we kept our dogs separated majority of the time until Leo got his stitches out, and after he got them out it took a while for us to be comfortable with him interacting with the other two. Make sure Jo wears the Elizabethan collar (aka soft cone of shame) because that will really help protect his eye area from getting bumped. Make sure to do all of the medications as prescribed, just kind of a common sense thing. Give Jo lots of extra love as this time is not only stressful and scary on you, but on him also. Our vet did the surgery on a Friday and kept Leo overnight so that they could keep him on IV antibiotics and pain medication and I think that really helped, so maybe your vet can keep Jo overnight after the surgery? Dogs heal very fast, in comparison to us whiny humans, but even though they seem to be healed pretty well you will still need to be very careful. Leo was very sensitive to being bumped in the eye area for a very long time…all part of the healing process. When we went in to pick Leo up I was so nervous and stressed and he walked into the room all happy and doing a full body wag…he let me now he was okay, but I couldn’t help but bawl because of how his eye area looked….it takes a while to process. As you said, we get used to those big eyes looking up at us and when they aren’t there it is hard. One very cool thing about the enucliation surgery is that being that Jo & Leo did not have cancer or anything like that, the vet is just removing the eye, not the muscles around the area, so Jo’s eyebrows will still work just like they always have and he will still blink.

      Please keep us updated on Jo’s progress and how his surgery went. Thank you for sharing your story and we hope that Leo’s story & photos helped make your journey a little easier.

      • Are you having the vet put the prosthetic in for Jo? We are very glad that we paid the little extra money to get the prosthetic for Leo as it just looks like he is winking, looks like the eye is still there because there is a little bit of a bulge, unlike if they remove it and don’t do the prosthetic.

      • Jo is doing Great!!!!! Stitches came out yesterday. No implants too costly. It has been an interesting two weeks with recovery. He acts like a puppy again, so much energy an playfulness! I cry sometimes because he is soo happy and pan free. We went on our first walk yesterday and He loved it!!  I will send pics if you want. Thanks for the wishes. Everything couldn’t have went better and I feel a load of stress and worry off my shoulders.

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      • That is AMAZING! I had been wondering how he was doing and how his surgery went and am so glad that he is doing so well. Seeing them in pain is heartbreaking and hearing that he is not in pain anymore is wonderful. I would love to see pictures, my email is roxg.ross@gmail.com

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