June 11, 2007
If you spend any time at Northwest Animal Eye Specialists, you are likely to meet Penny the Wirehaired Dachshund. She hangs out behind our reception desk where she is often seen curled up on a chair or in her dog bed. We think she is absolutely adorable and hope you agree. Check out her photos!
Penny came to us at Northwest Animal Eye Specialists for cataract evaluation in January of 2006. Dr. Jones confirmed the presence of cataracts in both eyes. Penny was not quite 2 years old at the time. Penny had been part of a breeding program. But Dr. Jones advised against using her for breeding due to the likely inherited basis for Penny's cataracts. Penny therefore needed a home and we were happy to take her in "temporarily". Well now over one year later, Penny is still here! She initially lived with Tara but was eventually adopted by Jen. We all love Penny though!!
The cataract in Penny's left eye was initially the smaller one but it suddenly rapidly progressed in July of 2006. She had a prophylactic retinopexy surgery to try to prevent her retina from detaching. The cataract was removed on August 1, 2006 and replaced with an artificial lens. She has a partial cataract in her right eye but surgery has not been done on that eye as it also has a partial retinal detachment. We considered doing both cataract surgery and retinal reattachment surgery on the eye. But since she is doing so well with excellent vision from her left eye and partial vision from her right eye, we did not feel that the risks were warranted in her case. The retinal detachment really complicated the situation.
In order to detect inherited eye diseases in dogs prior to using them for breeding, it is recommended that a screening eye examination be done. These exams are referred to as CERF exams, which stands for Canine Eye Registration Foundation. Read more about CERF exams within this website by clicking on "About Us" and then "CERF exams". In the CERF section of this website, there is a link to CERF where you can read even more.