Happy Eyes Tuesday

 Today I want to tell everypawdy about my trip to the Pet Eye Dogtur!! As I mentioned in my post last Monday, we don't have an eye dogtur for pets near us. Mama and I didn't mind traveling the 3 1/2 hours to Medford, Oregon to visit Bliss Animal Eye Care. It was a nice, well managed office and they really did go out of their way to make sure Mama and I were comfortable and relaxed during my visit!

 When we got there, Mama had to fill out some paperwork so I scoped out the place. 

 They had a whole toy box full of toys to play with!  I'm not a big toy guy but Jakey and Rosy would have had a blast playing with these!

 They had fresh water guarded by this little guy, Mama insisted I sit next to him so she could get a picture....Mama thought it was a SCUBA dog but I explained it was a doggy that was modeling a halo that helps puppies who can't see well.

Sigh, Mamas, am I right??

After a very short wait, they called my name and we went into the exam room!

First, Ericka, my Vet Technician(seen here on my left) did all the usual eye tests. You know, the paper in the eye test, checked my eye pressure and put that icky green dye in my eyes test. Mama had to help with that, so she couldn't take pictures. Then my Eye Dogtur, Dr. Schorling, came in  and took a look into my eyes. 

Mama and I want to let everybody know the muzzle is just a precaution, and since I wear one while Mama gives me baths, I am comfortable in a muzzle. I am NOT fond of anyone getting in my face and Mama thought we should be safe...so I wouldn't have to be sorry later.

I was a very good boy and hardly even growled while the dogtur was looking around. After the dogtur finished, the muzzle came off, and she and Mama talked about my diagnosis.

The good news was, I don't have cataracts, I don't have dry eye, and I don't have glaucoma.

I do have a condition called keratitis. This means my corneas are inflamed. It is common in Shih Tzus, and other small dogs with short snooters. It can cause cloudiness, redness of the eye and vision impairment if  left untreated. Luckily, my condition was caught early and is pretty mild. Dr. Schorling prescribed anti-inflammatory non-steroidal eye drops to help clear up the cloudiness and prevent the progression of the condition. I will always have to take the drops, but since they don't hurt AND I get Zukies afterwards. I don't mind. 

 I also have a condition called Iris Atrophy. This means my iris tissue is thin and isn't constricting in the light as much as it should. This condition is common in Poodles and Shih Tzus. There is no treatment for Iris Atrophy, and that is why sometimes you might see me squinting in some of my pictures. The iris atrophy is also why my eyes are cloudy sometimes. The irises don't constrict and, as a result,  you can see the cloudiness in my eye from the keratitis. 

Weird, huh??

Mama and I will go back to Medford at the beginning of May to make sure the drops are doing their job. After that visit,  hopefully I will only have to go back once a year! 

Mama and I want to thank Erika,  Dr. Schorling and the staff at Bliss Animal Care for doing such a nice job of making me feel at home and for explaining everything thoroughly to Mama, not to mention summarizing everything in print(making it easier for Mama to explain it to Daddy!).

We are joining our friends at  Comedy Plus for the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop this week!


  1. Hari OM
    Gracious, Arty, I just learned a whole lot about eyes from you! So glad it is managable and that you can expect to keep things balanced. What a wonderful facility and care!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  2. wow you found a super dogtor for your eyes... and when you go back they sure will have good news for you and the magic eyedrops did the work...

  3. We too are super impressed by your eye dogtor, and pleased they have identified the problem and provided useful (and pain free) treatment.

  4. How wonderful to have a condition that's managed by eyedrops and Zukes! We are very relieved for you, Arty.

  5. We are glad the drops are going to be helping you out. Hopefully they will do their job. That scuba guy is weird, and we think it is a scuba dog too.

  6. We're glad to hear that your eye problem can be managed. It was interesting to hear about the eye problems with your breed. We cockers have a whole host of eye problems too, like cataracts, glaucoma, and dry eye, and our angel Miss Ginger had them all. Stay well!

  7. That's better news than I was thinking. Good for you and I hope the drops work. I have to take drops too for my dry eyes. I'm very old though.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday, Arty. My best to your siblings and your wonderful mom. ♥

  8. We're happy to hear your condition is mostly treatable Arty. Our paws are crossed that the drops do their job and make you better.

  9. Clapping at such good news my little friend Arty!!! Happy Dance that everything is manageable with meds and Zuke treats. That pooch near the water was quite a conversation started. BOL BOL. I'm glad you were not thrown off by his most unusual head gear. I bet your good manners and handsome face won you tons of new friends.
    Bliss is such a nice name for that very nice Dogtur office. Whew thank goodness mama got a summary of all the visit 'cause I know your Daddy was very anxious to know the details
    Hugs Cecilia

  10. Oh my goodness Arty, we are so glad that you have caught things early and paws crossed that the drops will do their job. You are such a brave boy to let those ladies do all those things to your eyes. sending you lots of hugs
    love from your gal Mabel & Hilda too

  11. We did wonder about the muzzle...grrrr. Thought the vets put it on. Well pretty good news on the eyes. Glad eagle-eyed Mama noticed and got your eyes seen to early!

  12. That is really good news Arty and I'm glad that was such a good place to care for you special eyes.

  13. Your Mama sure loves you, Arty. We're sure glad we don't have to wear a muzzle for baths, but that red really looks good on you. Let us know how the drops help. Xox Lucy and Xena

  14. This is wonderful news - and how nice that everyone helped make you and your mom feel relaxed! That's so important!
    A Zuke's afterwards is ALWAYS helpful!

  15. Your eye dogtor sounds pretty pawesome. We're so glad to hear your eye issues aren't worse!

  16. Hope you are feeling better ASAP !

  17. We are so glad you don't have any serious eye conditions, Arty! We hope the eye drops do their job and your eyes are better soon. ♥
    Jan & the crew at Wag 'n Woof Pets

  18. Lulu: "That sounds like good news, Arty! We're glad to hear it wasn't more serious!"
    Charlee: "See, Lulu, sometimes it's good to be late visiting. We read about Arty's problem and then immediately read what it was, so we didn't have to spend the week worrying."
    Chaplin: "Hmm, too bad we can't deal with everything that way ..."

  19. That is FABulous news ARty! I am glads you can use the drops to keep it all in check. I wish I got zukes....sigh. Anyhu, sounds like you had some FABulus dogtors, and they took very good care of you and your Moms! {{{hugs}}}}
    Ruby ♥

  20. Wow, what a great explanation. Thanks for sharing the news with us. I'm glad it wasn't something more serious. What a terrific vet practice. Treats and a toy box...whoa!


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