Thursday, February 21, 2013

Hogan Update

Hogan, our beagle-chow rescued dog, had surgery on Wednesday. We took him to Gainesville to opthalmologic specialists at The University of Florida.

Since at least 2009, Hogan has been blind in his left eye (on the right, as you're looking at him). We've been treating his eye with prescription eyedrops, but have slowly been losing the battle. In the past couple months, he's begun to suffer - with headaches to migraines - from gradually increasing ocular pressure due to glaucoma. The evening before surgery (when this photo was taken), we could tell he wasn't feeling all that great. The vet told us that the morning of surgery, Hogan's eye pressure was 81. Normal is in the 10-20 range.

Following surgery, he spent an overnight. And boy, were we anxious to get him back! We've been assured that he began to feel much better after his eye was removed. No more pressure. But it will take some time until he's back to himself. He definitely does not like the E-collar (Elizabethan collar) which gets in the way of drinking water and eating - hubby holds a bowl up to his mouth. Hogan will either adapt to wearing the collar, or be bumping into doorways and furniture as he is now until March 4, which is when his sutures are removed.

The vet told us what a good boy he was post-surgery, even allowing them to hold an ice pack over his eye socket for ten minutes at a time.

Whenever I look at him, it makes me terribly sad. We're babying him like crazy. Linda

18 comments:

  1. Sending Hogan best wishes for a speedy recovery! I sure do hope he begins to feel better quickly.

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  2. Oh poor Hogan! They do become a bit like our babies, don't they, or at least members of the family.

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  3. Ooooh, prayers for poor Hogan.. it melts your heart to see them like that, but so glad he's going to be feeling better soon! Slobbery kisses from Buster, too!

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  4. I'm so sorry to hear about Hogan's suffering, hug him tight. We are dog lovers, too, I'm glad that there was medical help to relieve his pain.
    I hope he gets back to his old self soon ~
    :-}pokey

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  5. Oh, poor doggie. I hope he recovers quickly.

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  6. Sending hugs to you as you nurse him through this. He will be fine, having the surgery and then having such love to recover who could not flourish.

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  7. Poor puppy..... I hope the surgery means he has more happy yeas with you! Give him a pat from me!

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  8. Oh Linda,what mixed emotions you must have had when you finally came to the hard decision of having poor Hogan's eye removed. It must have broken your heart to see him suffering with headaches, and now he must adjust to navigating the spaces around him without a left eye. Chester has experienced the Elizabethan collar too, and it's not fun for a pup who likes to get around, though necessary. Please give Hogan a big hug from me (and from Chester) and consider yourself hugged too xxx

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  9. Oh, my goodness, Linda! He looks so adorable! I DO hope you are ALL feeling better real soon! xo

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  10. Oh, I'm so sorry that your little guy had to go thru all of that...and you and your hubby, too! Hopefully he will be back to "normal" soon.

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  11. I'm sorry that this had to happen but you did the right thing to stop his suffering. He is uncomfortable right now but will soon be back to his happy self. Give him a hug (and a treat) for me.

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  12. Poor ol' Hogan. He looks such a sweet dog. Hope he recovers soon. At least he'll be out of pain now.

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  13. I am so sorry but hopefully he will adjust soon and be feeling so much better with the pressure gone.

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  14. Tink and I send our best wishes to Hogan. Hope he is doing much better by now. Those collars are such a bear to live around. Sew looking forward to meeting him.

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  15. Ahh poor sweet baby. Please give him a big hug from me and tell him I hope he will be well soon. It is so hard when our animals are sick. Blessings Sandra

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