After several weeks of treatment, Chester's family could tell he just wasn't acting like himself. Despite the pain management with anti-inflammatory medications and other pain medications, Chester wasn't very happy. Imagine a constant headache from an eyeball that just keeps swelling and getting more irritated. Chester was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, which meant his eye could improve with a specialized surgery, but it may reoccur and continue to cause him discomfort. Most of the vision had already gone from the eye in such a short time, and Chester's family had to make a decision on how to move forward. Specialty surgery, or an enucleation procedure to remove the eye completely, as it would be a long term condition to treat for Chester from now on.
Right away, Dr. Hayes gave Chester an injection of pain medication to help him relax and alleviate some of his pain as soon as possible. Chester fell asleep happily, probably dreaming of his favorite past times and what he might get for dinner that night (little did he know there was a special Peanut Butter treat waiting for him).
Surgery went smoothly and was a success. All of the technicians and Dr. Hayes were anxious for Chester to recover and see how he would do with half of his vision remaining, but no painful eyeball. Chester woke up pain-free and was kept on IV pain medications overnight to help his recovery go more smoothly.
That night, he had a special run around the clinic with Danielle. He bounded and played like he loved to do most. We knew then that his pain was passing and he was not phased by his loss at all.
Pain can slow healing, so pain management during Chester's surgical process as well as beforehand was very important and influential in his recovery. Don't let your pet be painful. Surgery, ulcers, and inflammation all are painful things to deal with. Here at WVC we make it a priority to treat not just the problem, but the pain that can come with it!