Hoshi, one of my two beloved Shiba Inus who travelled with us from Washington, DC to come live in Paris in 2013, had to be taken to a veterinary ophthalmologist on 30 June 2017, as he had been squinting and pawing at his right eye. I also noticed the rapid development of a cataract which signalled something to be urgently checked out.
After an electroretinography (ERG) and an ultrasound examination, the vet found that his eye pressure was normal (no glaucoma) and his retina healthy. However, the vet found a benign tumour and explained that the sudden appearance of the cataract was caused by the tumour.
The vet proposed an eye-saving laser surgery to remove the tumour. Without the surgery, I was told that the growing tumour will eventually cause him to lose his eye. The vet will also perform a second surgery to remove the cataract (via phacoemulsification) so he can regain vision in the eye. Even with such a delicate procedure, I was told that he had a 90% chance of full recovery.
Between seeing him lose an eye and having a 90% chance at saving it, the choice was clear. I want to save his eye, so he can enjoy his vision for however many years he has left with us.
His eye surgery is scheduled for Monday, 3 July 2017.
As time is of the essence with his eye, I need all of the help I can get to fund as much as possible with help from the community. The estimated veterinary total of both surgeries and clinic fees will be around 2000 EUR.
If there is a surplus amount, I intend to donate it to the Washington, DC Shiba Inu Rescue
Thank you in advance for any support you can help us with for Hoshi's eye surgery.