S-O-C-K-S, or ‘eso si que es’, as I remember learning means ‘it is what it is’. Well apparently that is wrong, or is it? I am now left to understand that “It is what it is” would be: “Eso es lo que es” or “Es lo que es”. Either way, it is what it is! And where does this leave us,….
I have introduced you to Mariposa, our most recent puppy rescue, before. Mariposa has night blindness. She sees perfectly fine during the sunny day and in a nice bright room: but put her in diminished light and she looses her ability to see clearly. Our regular vets have seen her, and admit they have neither the knowledge nor tools for a thorough ophthalmic(sp) visit, so they gave me contact info for a vet that teaches at the University here.
I finally made an appointment and Mariposa and I went to see the vet today. Unfortunately, even though I told the receptionist I wanted an appointment with dr. Carlos, when we got there he wasn’t. We saw a colleague, also a teaching vet.
Mari had a very thorough exam, including obstacle courses set up in a low light room and in a no light (red emergency Iights) room, as well as ultrasounds of her eyes.
It was a very interesting process. The prognosis is, it is what it is. The eyes are fine, the veins way in the back near the optic nerve are thin. The retinas respond, there is no sign of trauma… The causes could have been the ehrlichia when she was a puppy, could have been a trauma (hit by car, kicked, etc), could have been the poor nutrition and dehydration as a puppy, could have been several things, but again, it is what it is.
What can be done,,, pretty much nothing, there’s nothing to do. There are more definitive tests, but all they’d do would be to confirm what we already know, so what would be the benefit. The vet dra Rita, included 3 and 4 students in the exam and evaluation, come to find out this is the first time they’ve seen a dog with this night blindness. They’d like to see her again in 6 months, just to see if anything has changed.