Monday, April 16, 2018

A Misty Day And A Samson Update



After Christina left, I took Samson to Sherman Oaks, a suburb of Los Angeles, to be evaluated by a veterinary ophthalmologist. Mary offered to come with us, which was great because it was not an easy trip. (It was this trip that made me realize that a "real" car would be a good idea.)


Samson got a very thorough examination and was a prince of a dog through it all. He was placed on an exam table that was then pulled up to a level where he could be examined. Then he was muzzled, something he's never been before, ever. Then he got eye drops, the light was lowered, and he was examined. Then he got more drops and we had to wait until his eyes were dilated. Then back in the exam room, where the same table procedure was repeated. Not a sound, no squirming, no fear nothing but the best cooperation from Samson.


The vet recommended surgery to create new tear ducts, but said it may not prevent future eye infections. He also gave us different eye drops, which turned out to work better than any of the drops we tried before. A pre-op blood test by our local vet was needed. When it came back the kidney counts were really high, indicating disease. After talking to our vet, I decided to not put Samson through the surgery. He will be nine in July, the surgery is difficult, the outcome uncertain, and the recovery would be hard on him. He would have to wear a cone for three weeks and return for two post-op visits to Los Angeles. The three trips would total 6oo miles in the Jeep, (the only car I had at the time) in the desert windstorms, and with a cone on for most of them. All that, and the fact that there are no guarantees. And at a cost of close to $4,000.


We are going back to check on his kidneys soon. If Samson has kidney disease and it's caused by old age, the medicine he was placed on should help. If it's caused by his chronic illness not much can be done, but I know the vet and I will try to find things to help. Our vet is into homeopatic meds, accupuncture, and so on. 


Meanwhile, Samson is acting as if life is just wonderful. The eye drops work, his eyes look better than they have in a long time, and most importantly, he's a happy dog and it's hard for me to believe that there's anything wrong with him at all. 









12 comments:

  1. thanks for the update and i agree 100 percent with your decision to skip the surgery. and for all the reasons you listed.. glad the drops are helping and prayers for you as you deal with all his health issues.. they both look wonderful and your foggy photos are beautiful

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  2. Hi Inger - so good to see the update ... but more importantly that Samson seems to have a new lease on life ... lovely photos ... misty days aren't so bad - except when needing to travel ... so glad you have/will have the new car ... take care - cheers Hilary

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  3. You are making the right decision for Samson, Inger. Quality over quantity is always the better choice.

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  4. Inger, I so agree with your decision, the best for Samson is living with you, a wonderful companion, a vet who cares, and for you a friend to be with you on that trip. XXX from an Autumn day in NZ.

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  5. I'm positive you made the right decision Inger. Samsom is such a beautiful dog. I'm sure Samson is happy with your decision as well.
    Hugs, Julia

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  6. Inger, I feel like you made the best decision for Samson. We have recently made decisions for our dog Charlie and it was hard, but we decide for him like he is family. I know you do the same.

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  7. Dear Inger, I am so relieved really to read this update on Samson. He is an incredible companion to you and so courteous and gracious to others--like the specialist who examined him. It's wonderful that the new eye drops work so well. And the decision you made makes such sense to me. Always, we must be a compassionate and understanding and realistic advocate for our animal companions. And you have been always. And are. Samson and Faith are true blessings in your life; just as you are the greatest of blessings in their lives. Peace.

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  8. Wow, Samson was really a great patient. If he has kidney disease, there are prescription foods--Hills--that can help. We were able to cure Callie's bladder stones with such a food. I'll put him in my prayers.

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  9. Samson is the perfect patient! I hope the medications help him.

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  10. Misty days make for great photos. They are beautiful.

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  11. I am glad that Samson's eyes are looking better. We had a similar situation with a dog a long time ago, and we also opted against the tear duct surgery. Most of all, I hope that his kidneys bounce back. You are such a good dog guardian that I know that you'll make all the best decisions for him. It sounds like he was an angel at the vet!!!!

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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