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January 12th, 2009, 10:37 AM
Hello everyone,

Just wanted to introduce myself. Also I have a question to ask and I apologize if this is not the correct place to do so. So here I go.

I adopted a six month old male shar pei dog about a month ago and he is just an amazing dog. I was told by the rescuers at the shelter that he was brought in by the owner and was probably the subject to abuse. The area of concern is that this dog has an unusually large swollen eyeball. The pupil seems to be the size of the eye. My dog has beautiful brown healthy eye and the swollen one is black with little bits of grey. I was given meds for him such as a tube of( BNP ophthalmic ointment and a small bottle of liquid drops ( Prednisolone Acerate ophthalmic suspension Corticosteriod ) I have been giving him these meds every day and have yet seen no changes. Although my dogs eye is freakishly big he is in no pain and has lots of energy. However he does not seem to have any vision in this eye.

I was told by the Shelter owner that it would probably take a month or so for the swelling to go down. So I have not seen a vet yet. I assumed that the dog must have been checked out to have recieved these meds.

I'm woried that this might be Glaucoma and that he has lost his sight and the eye will have to be removed. I have no problem caring for a disabled dog but I don't think that I can afford the high cost of surgery and a synthic eye. I would hate to have to give him up for adoption on account that I can't afford his vet bills. I feel like I have been lied to by this shelter owner and that if they told me the truth I might not have adopted him. I want to take him to a vet but I'm really worried about the cost of tests and surgery.

If a vet or anyone with info or advice could help me that would be greatly appreciated. Thankyou

January 12th, 2009, 10:46 AM
Hi There & welcome Shamus172,

let me be the first to say Welcome to

Due to him being in a rescue.. I would still have him seen but your vet asap . Just to ensure that all is ok. (kinda a 2nd opnion) Esp if he has vision issues, Do you have the vet record from the rescue? I would take that & also his meds with you.

Good luck! & you might have more advice posting your Q in the pet health area.

January 12th, 2009, 11:53 AM
Hey and Welcome!!!!

January 12th, 2009, 01:34 PM
My boy Dallas is the opposite - he has one eye substantially smaller than the other......I bought him from a backyard breeder who was going to put him down because he was too old to sell as a Puppy at 4 months old.......I was concerned about his vision given where he came from......I took him to have him checked and his vision is perfect - it was simply a deformity from birth.....I would play it safe rather than sorry and get it checked out by a Vet or Specialist......