Medical Update February 26, 2020
Cash met with Dr. Huey, Veterinary Ophthalmologist at Memphis Veterinary Specialists for a consultation. Unfortunately there is nothing that can be done for his eyesight. His retina is completely gone. The good news is that he is in no pain and his pressure is perfect. She has no idea what could have caused the blindness; however, most likely trauma. He will adjust very well and especially once he gets into a home where he can learn his way around and with a canine companion.
February 22, 2020
Cash’s owner reached out about surrendering him. Cash is a two-year-old purebred Golden who went blind about eight months ago. The owner said that Cash’s Lab companion, who was also his guide dog/eyes got hit by a car on the highway several weeks ago and Cash is sad without his Lab friend. They don’t know why Cash lost his eyesight and they have not pursued any attempts to figure out why he lost it or if there’s anything that can be done to repair his sight. He has a beautiful, soft, dark red coat. He has been an outdoor dog and even after losing his Lab companion, they have allowed him to continue to be outdoors. The owner said he didn’t really go anywhere but they were concerned he might get attacked by coyotes.
Before losing his sight, Cash was a normal happy go lucky dog who liked to ride in cars, swim, (they had a kiddy pool for him). He is good with cats and other dogs. He is good with children. Sometimes he will bark, if someone new comes around, but that’s just simply because he can’t see what’s going on. They had him in a metal dog box in the back of their truck when I met them. Cash was pretty scared and it took us a bit to get him out of the dog box, but once we got him down on the ground, he was just a love of a dog and super happy.
He wants to be as close to you as he can possibly get. He glued himself to my leg and just leaned into me. He had a little difficulty navigating when we transferred him but after getting him to the clinic, he seemed to be able to navigate a little better than it first. He isn’t great on leash but he also is a bit disoriented and can’t tell what direction to go.
He’s one of the sweetest, most easy dispositioned dogs I have been around in a very long time. He tolerated all of the change and new experiences very well. He loved greeting the techs at the clinic and enjoyed any and all attention he could get.
We will get him an appointment to see if the veterinary ophthalmologist to see if there is anything that can be done for him.