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Tear Duct Surgery Update

Denver had his tear duct surgery yesterday. All went very very well. The veterinarian and vet staff LOVED him and all commented on how sweet he is.

The surgeon had to do a complete reconstruction on his tear duct in his right eye called a "nasolacrimal reconstruction". What she originally had thought was just an "imperforate puncta" (lack of a hole for the tears to drain down, was actually a complete lack of the hole, and the connecting tunnel between the eye and the actual tear duct drain. She placed stent tubing through the hole and down through to the duct so that once his eye is all healed his tears will have a place to drain!

In his left eye, his "good eye" she noticed some tearing and noticed that tear duct seemed abnormally small as well, so she opened it up a bit wider....though that one does drain properly.

He is in a cone for the next 13 days and is being a trooper so far...although the antibiotics and the steroid along with the anesthesia are messing with his poor tummy.

Thank you to everyone who kept my poor boy in your thoughts...now to just keep him calm for the next 2 weeks!!
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Thank you for the update. Let us know how he is over the coming weeks.


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Awww, poor little guy.


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Great to hear his surgery went well, wishing him a speedy recovery.
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Maggie is going in for the vet to sedate and try to see if a catheter (sp?) will help her clogged duct. She does have a tear duct it just is not draining into her nasal passage. I may be misunderstanding this but will know more next Friday. He said that if this doesn't work I could see a veterinarian who specializes in eyes to have surgery. The thing is, he said it may be purely cosmetic in Maggie's case and he will know more next Friday. We do not have a specialized veterinarian here and I would most likely have to go down to Seattle and stay while she recovered.

Can I ask for an update on how your pup is doing since April? I am trying to gather more info on this surgery.

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Maggie is going in for the vet to sedate and try to see if a catheter (sp?) will help her clogged duct. She does have a tear duct it just is not draining into her nasal passage. I may be misunderstanding this but will know more next Friday. He said that if this doesn't work I could see a veterinarian who specializes in eyes to have surgery. The thing is, he said it may be purely cosmetic in Maggie's case and he will know more next Friday. We do not have a specialized veterinarian here and I would most likely have to go down to Seattle and stay while she recovered.

Can I ask for an update on how your pup is doing since April? I am trying to gather more info on this surgery.

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Go to Portland and see Dr Sherlie for ophthalmology. He does our eye clinics up here in Anchorage.


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Maggie is going in for the vet to sedate and try to see if a catheter (sp?) will help her clogged duct. She does have a tear duct it just is not draining into her nasal passage. I may be misunderstanding this but will know more next Friday. He said that if this doesn't work I could see a veterinarian who specializes in eyes to have surgery. The thing is, he said it may be purely cosmetic in Maggie's case and he will know more next Friday. We do not have a specialized veterinarian here and I would most likely have to go down to Seattle and stay while she recovered.

Can I ask for an update on how your pup is doing since April? I am trying to gather more info on this surgery.

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We sought out an ophthalmologist after we our regular vet said that he could not do anything for us. We did the consult and it was determined that Denver's right eye was barely draining tears properly. In his case the surgeon had to construct the opening and the connection between the tear duct and his nasal passage. Denver was not in any pain however his right eye was ALWAYS wet, which drove me nuts. I guess technically it could be considered cosmetic but our insurance covered most of the cost.

The surgery went really well, and now 3 months later his tear staining is totally gone. The recovery went really smoothly. The hardest part was the 14 days of the cone. Denver took it like a champ and I'm so happy we did it.
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Tear staining right after surgery:
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I didn't see this thread until today, how's your boy doing? He must be all healed by now. Is his right eye draining normally now? It couldn't have been comfortable for him to constantly have drainage on his face and that dampness would increase the chances for infection of the eye and skin under it (especially as he gets older) so I wouldn't consider that purely cosmetic. That's great that insurance covered it!

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I didn't see this thread until today, how's your boy doing? He must be all healed by now. Is his right eye draining normally now? It couldn't have been comfortable for him to constantly have drainage on his face and that dampness would increase the chances for infection of the eye and skin under it (especially as he gets older) so I wouldn't consider that purely cosmetic. That's great that insurance covered it!
Yes he's totally healed! His eyes look totally perfect and dry now. It took about a month for the tear stains to finally lift and fade all the way. We are so happy with the results and loved the ophthalmologist that worked with us and did Denver's surgery.

Here's a recent photo: no wet eyes!!
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