Meet Daisy, a Tibetan Terrier, who has just celebrated her fourth birthday and is enjoying living life to the full. Daisy can now see clearly after having cataract surgery in our small animal centre.
Daisy’s owners didn’t know she was blind when they got her as she behaved normally with her brothers and sisters, but it soon became apparent that there was something wrong when she became very nervous and timid. Daisy was only one year old when she was diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes and referred to us for treatment.
After a consultation our ophthalmologists discovered that Daisy’s eyes were very badly inflamed and that the cataracts were chronic - an unusual diagnosis in such a young dog. Luckily, the cataracts were treatable and Daisy’s owners opted for surgery so that Daisy had the best chance of living a full and happy life.
In November 2014, Daisy returned to the AHT for her two-year check-up and Roser Tetas, one of our ophthalmologists, was very pleased with Daisy’s progress. Roser said: “There are no signs of the cataracts returning which is great news for Daisy. It’s very rewarding to be able to help such a young dog overcome a problem with her sight and Daisy has made wonderful progress with a lot of care and attention from her owners. I’m thrilled for her.”
Virgina Carman, Daisy’s owner, said: “We were really surprised to find out that Daisy had such terrible cataracts as she was so young and it’s not a common problem in the breed. She’s also deaf in one ear so she hadn’t had a good start in life, but she’s gradually become more confident and now she’s like a different dog!
“Everyone at the Animal Health Trust has been so wonderful to Daisy. The follow up care has been absolutely fantastic and the staff are all incredibly knowledgeable. It’s amazing what an active and friendly dog she’s become and I’ve also started training her to compete in Agility, which she really enjoys. I’m so happy that Daisy is able to live a normal and very active life with us.”
Picture caption – Daisy enjoying agility.