As always, a medical emergency only happens in the evenings. Who doesn’t wish that their veterinarian stayed open all hours?

Two nights ago whilst my Shepherd, Oreo and Yorkshire terrier, Harvey were playing, Oreo grabbed Harvey by the scruff of the neck rather suddenly, all in play and Harvey’s eye popped forward out of its socket.

Needless to say, we rushed him to the Emergency Veterinary Specialists, where he underwent emergency surgery. Of course, we all know to watch out for rough play between our dogs. But this happened all so suddenly, within a matter of two minutes. Nonetheless,I am grateful to all the veterinary surgeons and technicians that were by his side during and after surgery. I know that Harvey understood that everyone was trying to help him.

Harvey thought it would be a good idea to share eye proptosis with everyone. He is back at home and recovering very slowly. It is an extremely painful injury and recovery time is slow. He has his eyelid stitched up for three weeks and may lose his sight in that eye.


Is the displacement of the eyeball out of the eye socket, so that the eyelids are trapped behind the globe and usually occurs after trauma to the face or head.

Certain breeds are more prone than other breeds and those breeds such as Pekinese ,pug, Lhasa apso, and Boston terrier  that have shorter noses, shallower sockets and more prominent bulging eyes, tend to have proptosis more frequently.

Proptosis is considered a true eye emergency.

Severe proptosis is when the eye muscles are torn so that the eye is deviated outward or is attached by only a few thin strands of tissue.


Lubricant antibiotic ointments are applied to the injured eye to try to reduce further damage to cornea.

Removal of the eye enucleating.

Replacement of eye back into socket. Surgery is called tarsorrhaphy.

After a few weeks the sutures are removed and vision tested completed.

If both concussion and proptosis occur together, then surgery on the eye is delayed until concussion is over.

If the optic nerve is torn then veterinarians prefer to remove the damaged eye.

Apparently the prognosis for vision is poor ,but rapid treatment given to your dog will enable your furry friend the benefit of keeping his eye solely for cosmetic reasons.

Home Care

Probably the most difficult part of treatment, because the sutured eye looks purple and painful, and not the part of not knowing if the swelling or bruising color is from the surgery or from an infection.

Applying the ointment on the eye is just as grueling and heart wrenching, as you can just imagine what your furry -darling is going through. Also trying to give the oral medications is just as difficult, when you have a dog that just knows when you are trying to hide the meds in his food, and somehow regurgitates meds and food up into his Elizabethan collar.

Only time will tell as to the actual vision damage and we are all hoping that his eye will make a full recovery.

I know that Oreo,my shepherd  feels remorse and has been whining ever since Harvey came home.

I shall keep you all posted as his suture removal date nears.


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  1. Oh Caudia, that is sad news. At least you were there and able to get Harvey to the vet straight away (yes, emergencies are always out of hours!). He’s got the best chance he can have and with your care, attention and knowledge things should be under control. Big hugs to you and kisses for Harvey. Hope to hear good news in a day or two.

    • Thank you! It’s been an awfully difficult time for everyone,including Oreo ,who is feeling extremely sympathetic towards Harvey.We will keep you updated on Harvey’s vision, after his suture removal in a few weeks.So sad and unbelievable that this sort of thing could happen within a few minutes!

  2. It is heartbreaking I know! This just happened to our 9 year old cocker spaniel. Fortunately, we were able to get him to the emergency clinic right away. The vet was able to replace his eye back into the orbit. The vet said he may not regain vision. We are so scared for him. He is running into things and hates wearing his collar. Did your dog, Harvey, recover his vision?

  3. How did your pup turn out? Our dog recently went under tarsorrhaphy surgery and slowly recovering. Stitched eye seems to be getting swollen even though we are giving her medicine for inflammation and pain. It’s tough seeing her like this… Dr supposed to be removing stitch in 10 days… we’re there any additional supplements you had given your dog to help her recover quicker? We’ve just started feeding her a diet with real foods. Appreciate any advice you could offer as I’ve tried searching online for info on treatment after surgery and haven’t found much.

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