|Looking kinda rough just before grooming|
So my dog, Lilli Putian, is in her twilight years. I know that the inevitable is coming soon. I know her well enough to feel things with her. If you've ever had pets, you know that you can communicate without words. She's almost 18 years old (119 years old in human years). She's got cataracts and is almost blind. I can't tell if she's deaf or it is selective hearing (probably the former). Her hair is thinning as well as her frame. She pads around the apartment, aimlessly, like she is feeling every step with creaky arthritic bones. Sometimes she looks at me like she doesn't know who I am, or snaps at me for no reason and then seems sad because she has done it without meaning to.
What's wrong with her eyes? Until recently, there were no vets in Kuwait that specialized in eye care. Now, Dr. Jose at IVH is here and has diagnosed what is really going on with Lilli's eyes. Before, all vets told me not to worry about her "tears" as Maltese are known to have red or brown tear stains. However, Dr. Jose told me that had she been properly diagnosed when she was young/puppy, they could have surgically installed a shunt that would have allowed her eye ducts to drain properly. What is happening is that her eyes are filling up with fluid, causing bacterial infections throughout her life (that I wasn't aware of). I feel like I'm a bad parent. Now that she is older, Dr. Jose does not advise surgery.
Lilli can't get up on the bed anymore. She doesn't even try anymore. I pick her up and place her on her favorite wool blanket, but often now she wants only to sleep on the floor (maybe she's seen Mike fall off the bed in his sleep too many times).
|She loves mint|