So, my fiance has a shih tzu, she rescued it from the pound before they put her down. The age is unknown for sure but at least 10 years old. Really sweet little dog. Ugly as can be but really sweet. almost never barks, doesnt start fights with the other dogs, she pretty much eats, sleeps, and lays on your lap. such a great little girl. doesnt jump all over you, shes the typical senior dog. she wants to just be with people, so if youre the only one home, she will follow you around but stay 5 feet away and as soon as she stops walking she instantly lays down. then you move to the other room, she follows, stands 5 feet away, and lays down. such a sweetheart. Shih tzus have a lot of hair that needs to be groomed and cut all the time, our dog in particular has a lot of hair that grows on her face and it covers her eyes. Tonight as I was cooking turkey b r ea s t on the stove, she came up to me to beg for table scraps. So I dropped a piece, and it flew right past her face and on the floor, and she didnt even notice. Later on I pushed her hair back on her face to find out that one of her eyes was like crusted shut. She always has eye boogers that we need to clean but this was not even joking 10x as much goop in her eyes. So we cleaned it out with a warm damp towell. once we opened her eye, it was all cloudy and white. We figure its Cataracts since that is common amongst old dogs and that we will take her to the vet in the morning, but half past midnight my fiance gets a really bad feeling and gets really worried and we go to an Animal ER and get it checked out. apparently earlier in the day something poked her in the eye nearly rupturing it. They said if we waited til morning to get it checked out it would likely have ruptured and we wouldnt have been able to save her eye. They gave us these special eye drops and tons of p i lls that we need to feed her and first thing in the morning we need to take her to a dog eye specialist. we also need to give her p i lls and eye drops every 2 hours for the whole rest of the night. That visit cost me $350 and we dont know how much everything else is going to cost with the specialist tomorrow and if she will need special treatment. The doctor used these special flashlights with filters to show us the eye damage... you know how your eyes are round? or like, egg shaped or whatever? Imagine a gumball... with a huge dent in it. thats what her eye looks like. and its almost pure white and red. Its really sad and the dog is in a LOT of pain. anyways, Im gonna be up every 2 hours to apply drops and feed meds. I have an important thing I have to do tomorrow so this is really not convenient to have to get up every 2 hours. Good practice for when we want to have kids i guess.... This blows.