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Frankie has train to be Merry Myrtle's "Seeing Eye Dog". Bummer
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Considering everything it sounds like the best path forward.  I’m glad you feel good about it!

On the eye drops… I think I asked before but are they actually liquid drops or ointment?  Obie actually gets Tacrolimus as one of his two daily meds and it is an ointment.  Much easier to get into the eye than drops.   I have to get it compounded at a specialty vet pharmacy so they can make it the specific strength my vet wants.  Ask your eye vet (if you haven’t already).

I keep meaning to make a video of how I put ointment in Obie’s eyes.  Of course he is a pro- he’s been getting daily eye meds for more than 8 years.

I’m glad too that you are not having to deal with another ‘amputation’ recovery big-grin

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That sounds like a great idea Karen. 

Sally, you know you have everybody’s full support moving forward.

Xoxoxoxo

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It does sound like you are at peace with the decision, and we all know that’s half the battle. I love how they love each other! That picture of them laying intertwined is priceless! Will Myrtle be getting the drops forever after the injection? I’m sure you feel like a weight has been lifted from your shoulders now that you have a definite plan. Full steam ahead, and we are here with you. Sending many hugs to you and your pack!

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We are all learning so much from you Sally. I’m glad you feel comfortable with it, and it seems that Myrtle and Frankie just don’t give a hoot which is great!

This is another one of those situations like amputation in which we never think we will have to deal with something so life-changing, but then there it is and whammo. I hope nopawdy else has to go through all the research, decisionmaking and of course the costs that you have endured while trying to figure this out. But since you have so generously shared all the details here, we are all prepared just in case. Thank you.

Much love to all of you. Let us know when the treatment begins.

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Sally,

I am so glad that you are at peace with this decision.  I know its not easy no matter what you decided.  And MM will be so happy when the pain is gone.  We love you my friend. 

I love the picture of Frankie & Myrtle cuddled together and the collage I really love. 

hugs my friend xoxoxoxo

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Sally,

Glad you feel good about your decision. I think it’s one of those like chemo, where there’s really no wrong answer. You just have to do what you think is best. It’s worked out pretty well for Ripple; hopefully it works just as well for Myrtle. 

And yes, the drops are a bit of a pain. My dad schedules his day around Ripple’s eye drops. I’m not joking. 

Karen,

Unless they’ve put Ripple on something different, the Tacrolimus he gets is a drop. I’ve had to give him his drops before when my parents are out of town.

Rocky used to get ulcers in his eyes and sometimes I’d get drops and other times ointment for them. Although I can’t remember if it was Tacrolimus or something else. 

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 As I’ve  said a gazillion  times, the best of humanity  resides here.  My dawgs and I are so lucky to be in your Circle of Compassion😚😊🤗

You EACH have been so helpful  in so many different ways❤  And I want to thank Rocky’s Grandpa (David’s Dad and Baxter’s Grandpa) again, for taking time to share his first hand experience/knowledge and why he went the route he did with Ripple.  Very helpful!

As far as the meds,  Merry Myrtle’s  original Vet  started her out with a gel for what she thought was a “scratch”.  Then went to drops.  Then when the second eye was showing “issues”, more drops.  Can’t  remember   the names of all the meds.

+Once she got to the Eye Doctor, her drops have been:

+Latanoprost both eyes.

+Dorzolamide for the one eye that still showed some form of vision at first.

+Then Diclofenac was added as needed to try and help control the pain once the glaucoma really took over.

Somewhere during all this, I did ask the Eye Vet for ANY alternative  to the drops…gel, etc.  Nothing  available .

I “think” the Eye Doc said she would need anti-inflammatory drops after the injection.  From what I’ve  gathered  from Ripple’s experience , it is a daily requirement.

I shall DEFINITELY  ask if ANY of these drops can be “compunded” into a gel!  That would be a dream come true!!!!😄😄

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I remember that when we first started Tacrolimus it was a drop and at some point we switched to the ointment, I can’t remember exactly why, but I think it had something do do with dosage.  I sort of remember that I liked the drops better at first- but now the ointment is easier.

I used to get the ointment from the eye vet but just recently they switched to the offsite pharmacy.

I don’t think we are due for an eye vet visit in the next couple months, but if we do go sometime soon I’ll ask why we have ointment instead of drops.

Karen

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The quality  isn’t  very good at all, but the content is spectaxular and brought me some happy tears!!😂.  This is the FIRST time in months, probably since March, that Merry Myrtle has actually shown some genuine joy and PLAYED!!!😎😎😎

She picked up this plastic bag thingy, started shaking  it..  I grabbed it and played tug-o-war with my big strong blind RockStar!!  She would “win” and then come back to me for more tugging!  And yes, that’s motor mouth Frankie lounging in the background cheering her on.😊

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Oh Sally, that is awesome!!  I had to play it twice lol. And you had Frankie serenading you 🙂  When he started his serenade, then Bo joined in on the celebratory singing lol laughing

She looks really good!  I don’t know about there but here the weather is considerably cooler and drier. We went from the 80s to the 60s during the day and from the 70s to the 40s at night and all of the critters here are enjoying the relief. It is almost like everybody got recharged with all that rain and humidity gone.

So glad to see them doing so well heartheart

Big hugs and lots of love your way!

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Yay Myrtle.  I am so Happy she is playing.   I know it seems like it has taken awhile for her to adjust but I think maybe she has turned a corner here.  🙂    I so hope she continues to do well. 

Love you my friend

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Lots of smiles here! Yay Myrtle! Thanks for sharing – made our day

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So great!!!

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