Lhasa Apso Questions

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Lhasa Apso Questions

A Visitor asked the following question on 6/24/2006
Recently while on vacation, my friend was watching my Lhasa. He was found in the back yard, just minutes of being let out, scratching his eye. She discovered his left eye was protruding. In a panic, she rushed him to 3 different ER vets before one would take care of him. This was based on the absence of the owner. No evidence of trauma via cuts or scrapes were found. We were told that proptosis happens with Lhasas on occasion. The vet replaced the eye in the socket and now we are nursing it back to health. We will have to wait to see if vision will return or not. This was traumatic for all involved and I would like more info on this so as to keep the remaining eye in good health. --Thank you, Tammy Allen, NY

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6/29/06 Hi Tammy--eye proptosis can occur spontaneously in any breed that has prominent eyeballs: pugs, pekes, lhasas, shih tzus, chihuahuas, etc. This can be accomplished by something as simple as a trip over rough ground or a hard sneeze! Having vision return to this eye depends on how badly the nerves and blood supply were damaged by being stretched out of shape. The fact that it was reducible is a positive sign, but do remain skeptical. The next time you have to travel, please leave a letter with the sitter and with your vet's office stating how long you will be gone, who is authorized to present your pets for medical care, how you can be reached by phone or internet, and how you plan to pay upon your return (you can often leave a credit card number on file with your vet's office for emergency use). If you have additional questions, do let me know. I have been a vet tech for >16 years and would be happy to give any support I can. Gen. Genie
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