Fudge had suffered with runny eyes since his owner, Janice, and her husband got him. He gradually developed corneal ulcers which kept returning and caused Fudge a lot of discomfort. Fudge was seen by one of our expert ophthalmologists who diagnosed a painful but common eye condition called an ectopic cilia – where an eyelash protrudes into the eye, rubbing against the eye whenever it blinks or is closed. If left untreated, this condition can cause lasting damage so Fudge required delicate surgery to remove the eyelash and make him more comfortable.
Fudge made a great recovery from this routine procedure and is now sleeping all night again - we’re so pleased to have been able to help this charming little man, who was very popular with our staff!
Perdy was referred to the AHT with severe kidney and liver problems just a few days before Christmas. She had a life-threatening infection, leptospirosis, which can be contracted from rodent urine or indirectly from contaminated water or soil. Perdy was hospitalised for six days, spending Christmas in our dedicated care. Carrie and David, Perdy's owners, had only had Perdy a week and really thought they would lose her.
Thankfully, our internal medicine team were able to administer fluids and antibiotics in time to treat the infection and Perdy has since made a great recovery! Carrie said: “The staff at the AHT are amazing. They made the impossible, possible - my partner and I were devastated at the thought of losing her. The vet, Ana-Rita, that looked after her rang me at least five times a day, I’m very grateful for that.”
Lady is a 19 year old 15hh Welsh Cob x TB mare owned by Lesley. Poor Lady suffered a laceration to her right eye and, unable to do things by halves, she also got a thorn lodged in there too!
Lesley rushed Lady to Ashbrook Equine Centre in Cheshire, where vet Kerry Comb managed to remove the embedded thorn and provide immediate medical care. However, it became clear that Lady’s eye was going to require specialist eye surgery, and so she was referred to the Ophthalmology Team at the Animal Health Trust.
Lady was operated on almost straight away, and the team managed to suture the cornea and fit her with a contact lens to aid her recovery. Despite Lesley’s worries that Lady would lose her eye, as you can see from the picture you wouldn’t even know that she’d had any surgery!
Although she's made a full recovery from her injuries, Lady hasn’t learnt her lesson and so Lesley has since fenced off any accessible hawthorne hedges to keep hera safe distance away.
“I honestly cannot speak highly enough of the AHT. Their care to both Lady and myself was second to none. I was kept so well updated and Lady came home immaculate and feeling much better!” said Lesley.
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Thomas suffered a series of fits last June, aged seven. He was referred to the Neurology Department at the AHT for investigation. An MRI scan revealed three bleeds on his brain and further tests were carried out to look for a reason for this, but none was found. Thomas was placed on medication and a further MRI scan three months later revealed no changes. Thomas has now been seizure free for four months!
Becky, Thomas's owner, said: "Thomas is also a hydrotherapy patient, so I make regular trips to the AHT! We are always welcomed brightly by the lovely receptionists, vets, nurses and ward assistants that we have met along the way.
"They all go the extra mile to help you and say hello even if you are there to see someone else. A huge thank you to everyone who has been on our many journeys especially the heartbreaking ones."