Dot is such a precious little sweetie...cute little face. I'm so sorry this had to happen to her.
Welcome to the Village. You've been already given some great advise. Wishing the best for Dot.
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Hi so sorry to hear what happened to your pug. But like you've heard there are so many other pugs out there who have lost their eyes and we got to keep loving them regardless. You are an awesome parent who has done pretty much everything in their power to protect your little chap. You could also consider getting doggles for the times that you go out. They help in protecting eyes from harsh UV rays as well as other foreign objects that may harm the eyes. I got them for Sammy because sometimes when driving he likes popping out his face through the window. This habit is always discouraged though.
Poor Dot, I think I saw her photo on Reddit the other day! When Oliver went blind in one eye due to cataracts, we did not even know because he acted the same as usual. When we had Oliver's lens replaced in that eye, the eye doctor also redid the shape of his eyelids so that they would not create more pigmentary keratitis. He is on a daily eye drop (2% cyclosporine) to prevent the pigmentary keratitis and that has been useful. I know they have little plastic covers for cat's claws, do they make anything like that for dogs?
Thank you so much everyone for all the responses and advice! Just read through them all and they're brilliant. Everyone here is really friendly and knowledgeable :).
Just to give an update: Dot is doing well, she is an total sweetheart and is back to her usual little happy, cuddly self. Doesn't seem to be too bothered about her left eye no longer being there, although she is trying to scratch at her stitches every so often, so good thing she has her cone on! She had a post-op check up at the vets the other day, her wound is healing nicely. We're trying to keep it clean by wiping underneath it with sterilised water and cotton pads, as it sometimes weeps very slightly and stuff gets stuck on her face and nose wrinkle. I've been told this is normal by the vet.
I also spoke to the vet about keeping her other eye safe. They examined the eye, said she has extremely mild entropion of the lower eyelid at the inner corner of her eye, and obviously the scar from the ulcer, but they didn't seem to have many ideas about keeping it safe! To be honest all the ideas on here are much more helpful! So I asked about referral to an opthalmologist (unfortunately all the specialist vets near here are by vet-referral only). They didn't seem too enthusiastic about the idea and said that they could look after her eye fine, but I pushed for the specialist anyway. They said they can put a referral through once Dot has recovered - I'm not convinced they're going to, so will I push for it again at her next appointment tomorrow.
I've noticed recently that Dot always sleeps with her eye half open, but she didn't seem to do this as much before the trauma to the other eye, which is strange! I've bought lubricating gel (Lubrithal) so will start using that. I've also bought a dog first aid kit (including eye wash and saline solution) in case of an emergency.
I think we'll invest in a dremel for her dew claws. If removal of her dew claws would be too traumatic I'll not put her through it - I wouldn't want her to go through anything painful and unnecessary! Not sure about the claw covers (think I'd be worried about her somehow eating them to be honest), but will look into it!
Will definitely push for the opthalmologist referral tomorrow. Will be much happier once I know a specialist is looking after her eye. Maybe they will know more about making her eyelids/eye opening smaller to prevent her eye from popping out. Again, I really would rather not put her through anything more, but I'd definitely like to talk to a specialist about it to get an opinion.
I've looked at doggles! Not sure that Dot would keep them on but may be a good idea for being outside if its windy etc. Think I'll buy her some and see how they go!
Oh and jeanpants - yes :) i think my husband posted her photo in Reddit recently!