Dry Eye & Deafness & Etc.
Thanx for all your great replies regarding Sophie's dry eye & deafness. I really had never heard of the Cavalier breed associated with deafness. of course living in our house with (another cavalier) and then an unrulely little Lhaso Apso brother and not being able to hear him bark is a blessing!
I will follow up on the ear article with my vet. He has given us an eye ointment, but I may look into some other alternative medications.
My blenhim girl, Sasha had laryngeal paralysis at age 5, for which she had one side of her throat permanently sutured back. She also had anal glands removed at a young age due to continual problems. I haven't ever heard of another cavalier having laryngeal paralysis - my vet said it usually occurs in working dogs vs. little couch potatoes! I know the closet vet college (Kansas) has said they didn't feel surgery would do much to help, but Sasha is proof (now almost 3 years later) that doing the surgery definitely helped her! Otherwise, I think her throat would've eventually closed permanently and she definitely couldn't take her daily evening walks.
My daughter had major brain surgery about the same time that Sasha had her surgery, so it was quite a year for us! I'm definitely versed in taking care of the "kids".