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What is up with my dog?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by daft_biker, Oct 27, 2017.

  1. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!


    Don't worry; he'll been seen by a vet but I figured there was a good chance other dog owners here might have some experience of these things and others who might be glad to be aware of them.

    I'm guessing Iridociliary cysts (http://www.vetbook.org/wiki/dog/index.php?title=Iridociliary_cysts ) but either way I'm thinking if it was on my eye I'd probably want rid of it but it doesn't seem to bother him. It's on my 7 year old Labrador.
  2. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    I imagine that your photo is better than what your vet is able to do! I do hope the cure isn't too expensive. Best of luck.
  3. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    Thanks Malcolm. Finding a clear image on the Web to try to identify the blob wasn't easy as it seems like a fairly common problem and there are a ton of pics that look like they came from mobile phones to clutter search results.

    Appointment made and other dog owners I've spoken with reckon it should be treated too.
  4. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    Back in the 1980s I had a lower eyelid cyst, and it was quite large. My GP sent me to Moorfields, and the doctor there spent quite some time drawing by hand what he could see. The next time I went, I took with me a colour Polaroid of my eye shot on our laboratory close-up camera (as used at the time for recording oscilloscope traces). The Moorfields doctor expressed amazement at the clarity etc. Fast forward to 2017, and the local Moorfields clinic in Bedford took digital shots of my partner's eyes after her consultation last Spring.
  5. AndyTake2

    AndyTake2 Well-Known Member

    I hope your dog is ok. The cysts may be secondary to other issues, but a good vet should hopefully get on top of things quickly. Let us know.
  6. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    Aye, hopefully my pic will make it easier for the vet to see. FWIW it was done with my 100mm macro on autofocus and flash exposure compensation down 1 and 2/3rds, ISO 100, max sync speed and f/8. The web version in pretty much a 100% crop.

    I hope doctors were better at drawing than they are at writing!

    Will do but I won't find out until Monday. The local vet seems pretty good at the regular stuff and for supervet type stuff the Dick Vet (https://www.ed.ac.uk/vet) is just a few miles away....close enough to walk the dogs round the woods there sometimes.

    He seems fine .....can still catch a biscuit at 10 paces, chase the little dog through trees and place his feet accurately on rough ground at speed. Hard to imagine that blob doesn't cause some visual impairment though.

    Both dogs are insured by a company I work for so won't mention by name or I'll have to give myself an infraction:D
  7. AndyTake2

    AndyTake2 Well-Known Member

    Good to know your vet is good, and you have a specialist unit if required. Insurance is one of those things we all hope we don't need, but I must say that with some vet fees being high (mind you, some of the gear they use now, it isn't surprising) it is reassuring to have. Make sure you let us know how it goes.
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  8. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    A dog's two primary senses are smell and hearing, and the other 3 senses are obviously used but as important to them. I guess that's why he's not too bothered. :)
  9. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    In my parent's era I'm not sure pet insurance was even an option, now it seems to be a given. Premiums for top class cover are excessive in my view and there are so many restrictions. I am tempted to self insurance.
  10. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    Suspect there is something in that.......a dented sense of smell doesn't bother me but dogs get frustrated if they don't get to sniff around and leave their scent so I guess it would bother them more.

    When my dogs have a runny nose they blow the snot out as they go so they can still smell stuff......easy to tell when they have a cold!:eek:

    Aye, I don't expect to ever get good value from having pet insurance, or at least I hope not.

    On the other hand I'm sure many more things are treatable now than they were in years gone by and it doesn't seem to take much for things to get into the thousands.

    At worst it's like a fashion accessory......helps you look like you care to vets and other snooty dog owners;):D
  11. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    I suppose in those days the nearest thing to pet insurance was making a donation to the PDSA.
  12. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    Tip a friend gave me . Find out how much it would cost to insure your pet per month when they're young. Put that aside every month. Do recheck every year and if the premium has gone up adjust. Do not use that money for routine stuff like flea treatments, neuteuring, check up's etc,

    By the time said pet gets old enough to need expensive vet care there will be the money for it

    Okay something of a gamble when they're young
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  13. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    Just asked Claire how much the dogs cost to insure and she reckons it went from about £20 pcm when we had 1 Labrador with no issues to about £50 pcm with the older one having seasonal allergies to declare and another dog on the policy.

    Expected lifespan for them is about 12 years so £30 x 12 x 12 = £4320. But as you say you don't expect them to get cheaper to insure as they get older.
  14. AndyTake2

    AndyTake2 Well-Known Member

    My 7 year old Staffy/Lab cross costs £43 per month to insure.
    That is for about £12k cover per year/condition, with continual cover (so thy have to insure something long term)
    The only reason I pay that is the cost of orthopaedic problems should they occur, a CT scan alone would cost £1k.
  15. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    I've heard enough expensive vet bill stories too.

    Anyway for about £50 Tango got his boosters, worming tablets and an eye examination with a tool I wish I could remember the name of.

    It is one of those cysts and she looked to see if it was attached to the iris, which it isn't so not a sign of something worse then asked if it was growing quickly. If it is growing quickly it might be worth consulting a specialist but they may be reluctant to do anything if doesn't bother him.

    She was real pleased his weight was still the same and he's in great shape too:D
  16. Fishboy

    Fishboy Well-Known Member

    A couple of friends of mine adopted a stray kitten that had been lurking around the row of houses where they live for a few weeks. The day after they officially adopted it (by letting the other neighbours know that they were going to take responsibility for it) they bought various kitten-related accoutrements, however they did not take out pet insurance.

    Sadly, two days after adopting him he was run over by a car. They took him to the vet, who looked at his damaged back leg and quoted them a four-figure sum for pinning and splinting the leg, or a low three-figure sum for amputation.

    The end result is that they now have a tri-pedal kitten with one back leg who falls over whenever he tries to use the expensive scratching post they bought for him.

    For some reason, they decided to name him 'Gizmo' instead of the more obvious name...

    Cheers, Jeff
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  17. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    An ophthalmoscope?
  18. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    That's it, thanks Lesley.
  19. AndyTake2

    AndyTake2 Well-Known Member

    That's some good news:):):):):)
  20. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    Aye, makes a nice change after a summer of stress here. We got our first frost this morning so a nice change there too.

    Dunno about anybody else but my dogs aren't liking this last clock change. Dinner an hour later!:mad:

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