Eyes are the windows to the soul

22 Mar

If eyes are the window to the soul, then I am in trouble. Richard, too.

Even though theologians will say that dogs have no soul, dog lovers know better. Both our souls are in peril because we are both suffering from allergies that are affecting our eyes. I noticed my own eyes first – the itchiness, the redness, the runniness. Constantly rubbing, I irritated the skin around my eyes.

Then Richard started a new behavior: rubbing his face on the edge of his bed. At first I thought it was a cute behavior because he is a funny boy with a great sense of humor. (How can you say he has no soul if he has a great sense of humor?) I noticed goop in his eyes. I noticed redness and irritation in the skin around his eyes.

He came to me because of bad allergies and ears. I was surprised at how well he looked back in October. He had a fat medical file but was in pretty good shape. We weaned him off the meds he’d been on and he was doing really well. Now, I can see how bad his allergies can get despite the twice weekly bath and ear cleaning he’s been getting.

He has a recheck with his allergy and ear vet next Friday, April 2nd, but I am going to call today to see if they’ve had a cancellation this week. I know how bad my eyes feel right now. I hate to think how bad he feels – and how much worse he might feel if he has to wait another two weeks.

10 Responses to “Eyes are the windows to the soul”

  1. dianeandlynne March 22, 2021 at 7:21 am #

    Poor you; poor Richard. I agree that dogs have souls and a sense of humor too. I’ll be hoping he gets an appointment too. No one should suffer from allergies!

  2. glenda funk March 22, 2021 at 7:22 am #

    Richard is such a pretty fellow. I hope you both get the treatment you need for your eyes. Our Puck has terrible allergies. He takes Benadryl to relieve his symptoms. It helps.

  3. Chrissy Garrison March 22, 2021 at 7:42 am #

    Poor Richard! My poor puppies have allergies too. They take medicine (apoquil) every night. I hope that Richard feels better soon… and you too 🙂

  4. arjeha March 22, 2021 at 7:42 am #

    Having allergies myself (I get monthly shots for them) I feel for both of you. I hope Richard can get an earlier appointment. Allergies are no fun.

  5. jumpofffindwings March 22, 2021 at 8:05 am #

    I didn’t know dogs have allergies to airborne particles, but of course, why wouldn’t they? I wonder of there are eyedrops for that. (I wouldn’t want to apply them, but pet owners know the deal. I hope BOTH of you feel better soon.

  6. gbrock March 22, 2021 at 8:48 am #

    Dogs are the best. Mine suffers from the same issue. I’d welcome any input into what your vet advises you! I hope you both feel well soon!

  7. Anonymous March 22, 2021 at 11:01 am #

    Poor guy! And poor you – I hate having itchy eyes (I sometimes get them if my contacts are not in properly). Allergies can really be a bother, for me sneezing and a constant runny nose but it is still an annoyance. Glad you are so observant of your dog because he may have been suffering for longer if you didn’t pay as much attention.

  8. Lisa Corbett March 22, 2021 at 12:45 pm #

    Sorry to hear about your eyes, Richard!

    Allergies are the worst. My cat came up for a cuddle last night and my eyes paid the price. Hopefully both you and Richard are feeling better soon.

  9. hzreflections March 22, 2021 at 5:40 pm #

    Oh poor Richard. I hope his allergies get in check soon! And I hope yours start to feel better soon too!

  10. britt March 22, 2021 at 6:45 pm #

    What a sweetie – he’s so cute! I hope you both get to feeling better soon, and that the vet has an opening for Richard this week. Allergies are the worst!

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