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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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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.

Thanks,
Jules
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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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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Thank you Stacey for the recommend in Portland. I will check with them depending on if this works next week or not. The hardest part for us would be finding a place to stay down there with her during the recovery. We have family in Seattle but maybe could find a VRBO in Portland.

Thank you Emmdenn for the update on Denver. What a difference that made! We have Trupanion insurance and I think it would be covered as well.

Eeerrmmm1, you bring up good points about it being not just cosmetic. I hadn’t even thought about the draining causing skin issues.

Will hopefully know more after next week.

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Maggie had her appointment today and the vet thinks she may not have a duct at all. I will be calling an ophthalmologist to talk about options. Logistically this will be difficult but want to be sure we do what needs to be done for her.

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Do you have any frequent flyer miles with Alaska Air? AK Air charges $100 each way for dogs. I’m not sure if you’d want to take her on the milk run, more the direct from Juneau to Seattle, then change planes to fly to Portland, or drive from Seattle to Portland (4 hours).

In the meantime, if your dog isn’t used to being a crate, now is the time to get your dog fully used to being in the crate for hours at a time. That will make flying for your dog so much easier. Also take your dog to the airport and walk around a few times. It gets them used to the sights and sounds.

Have your vet consult with Dr Sherlie in Portland. Maybe they can figure some things out over the phone. There is probably a very good ophthalmologist in Seattle, if you like, I can find out who it is. Then you don’t have to go so far. I wish I could say Anchorage would be the place to come, but we’re like you, dependent on out of state vets for specialties.

Have you spoken to your dog’s breeder?
 

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Do you have any frequent flyer miles with Alaska Air? AK Air charges $100 each way for dogs. I’m not sure if you’d want to take her on the milk run, more the direct from Juneau to Seattle, then change planes to fly to Portland, or drive from Seattle to Portland (4 hours).

In the meantime, if your dog isn’t used to being a crate, now is the time to get your dog fully used to being in the crate for hours at a time. That will make flying for your dog so much easier. Also take your dog to the airport and walk around a few times. It gets them used to the sights and sounds.

Have your vet consult with Dr Sherlie in Portland. Maybe they can figure some things out over the phone. There is probably a very good ophthalmologist in Seattle, if you like, I can find out who it is. Then you don’t have to go so far. I wish I could say Anchorage would be the place to come, but we’re like you, dependent on out of state vets for specialties.

Have you spoken to your dog’s breeder?
Thanks Stacey for your post. Maggie does crate really well. Will most likely fly direct to Seattle and drive to Portland. I have a call in to Dr. Sherlie to find out options. I am not sure if I should contact her breeder before I know exactly what is wrong?
I would appreciate another name in Seattle if you have one just as another choice.
I am thinking after the surgery would be the hardest part as we would have to stay for possibly up to 2 weeks. The good news is we have time to arrange things and it is not an emergency situation :smile2:

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I just wanted to give an update on Maggie. My vet consulted with the specialist and they walked through several additional things he could check. She went in today and he thinks we may have success! He was able to get the fluid to drain down her nose. We are so excited and hope everything continues to drain. We will use drops for 2 weeks and see how things look then. I am just so thankful that these two professionals were able to consult with on another and help Maggie. It make such a difference not having to fly her out somewhere.

Here she is at 10 months old yesterday.

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I just wanted to give an update on Maggie. My vet consulted with the specialist and they walked through several additional things he could check. She went in today and he thinks we may have success! He was able to get the fluid to drain down her nose. We are so excited and hope everything continues to drain. We will use drops for 2 weeks and see how things look then. I am just so thankful that these two professionals were able to consult with on another and help Maggie. It make such a difference not having to fly her out somewhere.

Here she is at 10 months old yesterday.

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Maggie's such a pretty girl. Great to hear things are looking up for you both, I hope Maggie continues to do well.
 

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That's good news. I hope sweet Maggie is all done with it now.
 
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