Buddy's Eye Health Update
It's Buddy Mercury's mom and dad here, Laurie and Glen.
We promised you an update on Buddy's eye health. This is not an easy one to write! But we feel the love, strength and prayers you have been sending to us.
Buddy has Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). This is inherited and we're told there was nothing we could have done to prevent it. Sadly, there is no cure. His diagnosis is so heartbreaking because eventually he will lose his vision completely.
We know in our hearts that we're his angels on Earth to help him adapt and acclimate without vision.
We rescued him in 2016 (when he was about 1 year old) and we promised to take the best care of him. He needs us now more than ever!
The good news is that he will live a long, happy life and since dogs are so adaptable, he will be okay. After all, he's mostly beagle, and he walks with his nose to the ground!
He is taking a prescription drop in the left eye 3x a day. A different prescription drop in the right eye 1x a day. Plus, we started him on an eye health vitamin months ago.
These eye drops are helping to keep his eye pressure in the normal range. We learned more good news this week that he's doing well on this regime. And, we'll take ANY and ALL good news right now.
He's got an ophthalmology follow up appointment scheduled to keep a close watch on this.
The office suggested a book to help us learn about living with a blind dog. If you have experience and want to share with us, please write to us at BuddyMercurySings@gmail.com. We'd love to hear from you.
On a happy note, the vet tech told us that it will be most important for Buddy if he sticks to his routine. And, part of his routine is playing the piano! Gosh, this made us smile! Buddy is the happiest little pup and wags away while playing piano and singing! This diagnosis will not stand in the way of his mission to spread joy and be an advocate for animal rescue!
Please continue sending us your good vibes, healing energy, prayers and love. We do believe in miracles and although he's lost vision in his left eye, maybe his right eye will not diminish as quickly.
Buddy continues to play piano, take his long beagle naps and enjoy many walkies. He even performed his 250th Cameo this week!
Thank you for being such an important part of our community! We have fun plans for the Fall and upcoming holiday season. And we can't wait to share more!
Laurie and Glen