By Dr. Scott Lackenby | Dated September 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
Working in a veterinary hospital really never has a dull moment. There is so much variety in the patients that we see, the range of illnesses and injuries that occur, […]
By Dr HELEN BURNS BVSc (Hons) | Dated November 26, 2017
Soon it will be Bodi’s 17th birthday, and despite becoming acutely blind a few months ago, we won’t be surprised if he can see the candles on his birthday cake!
Bodi has been managing kidney disease for many years, eating a special diet and taking medication when necessary. His blood pressure has been lovely and stable, and all was ticking along nicely. That was until a few months ago when Bodi’s blood pressure spiked and the retina in the back of his eyes detached. This meant that his eyes were no longer able to detect light, and Bodi was blind. He was brought straight in to Gordon Vet and his blood pressure was indeed elevated. His pupils were dilated and were unable to respond when a light was shone in them, and he was walking into walls. Being the good boy that he is, Bodi diligently took his new blood pressure medication, and at his recheck appointment his owner reported that she thought that some vision had returned. He was now able to jump onto the bed again, and more significantly, when he went to visit his grandmother’s house, he was able to navigate around the house without bumping into walls and furniture. This was remarkable, because blind pets usually map their home environment very effectively and can navigate it easily when blind, but put them in an unfamiliar environment and they struggle.
We are so delighted that Bodi is enjoying his retirement. Happy 17th birthday Bodi!