Barbra Warren, Taffy’s owner, said: “Naturally I was quite worried at the thought of Taffy losing his eye but James Oliver assured me that Taffy could live just as happy a life with one eye, and he is. The few days he was in pain from the glaucoma he was like a different dog –he wasn’t wagging his tail anymore, which normally never stays still – and he just seemed so miserable. But immediately after having the operation his tail was wagging again and he looked so relieved. I knew I’d done the right thing."
If you would like to find out more about canine glaucoma, how the AHT is researching this disease and which dogs are at risk, visit: www.aht.org.uk/giftofsight for more information.
Our ophthalmology unit is the largest in Europe, with a dedicated team including three European specialists working to improve the lives of animals with ocular diseases or traumas.
We accept referrals of any animal; large or small. Here, we meet Roxy, a horse who had a rather unforunate encounter with a blackthorn.
Roxy, owned by Rose, was referred to the Animal Health Trust last year after she had a suspected blackthorn penetrate her eye and was suffering from uveitis (inflammation of the inside of the eye) and a possible abscess.
Almost immediately, our ophthalmology experts diagnosed poor Roxy as having a corneal abscess, initially suspected to be fungal. After the initial treatment response was slow, it was believed she had a mixed bacterial and fungal infection, and treatment was changed accordingly. The uveitis was due to the deep infection of the cornea, and improved as soon as the abscess began to resolve. Roxy was an excellent patient, which was just as well considering she needed prolonged medication due to the depth of the lesion in her cornea. She was discharged after a two week stay at the AHT and admitted to Rose’s local vets who continued the treatment.
After medication and giving her eye plenty of time to heal, Roxy is now finally back out in her field – with a little support from her guardian mask – and has even begun her ridden work again. Rose said, “I really cannot thank the AHT team enough for their hard work and expertise. Without them, Roxy would no longer have her eye. I will be eternally grateful for all that the AHT did, as I’m sure Roxy is!”
The AHT successfully treats hundreds of horses a year. If your horse has been one of them, why not volunteer them to be our next Patient of the Week on Facebook? By sharing your stories, you’re helping us spread the message of the work we do to improve the health and welfare of all horses, dogs and cats.
Toby spent a week at the AHT in August 2013 after he suffered from a spinal cord stroke, aged just two years old. At the time, Toby was barely able to do more than move his head. But, after being seen by our neurology department and with a lot of TLC, regular hydrotherapy (Toby still has hydrotherapy every 10 days!) and vets’ help, he went on to make a remarkable recovery!
Toby’s owner said: “It took six months before Toby was strong enough to go out for a walk on his lead but he now enjoys two or three daily walks, be it a little slower than he was!
"Sometimes Toby’s paw will drag behind him so he needs to have vet wrap on his paw when walking to protect it from scuffing and injuring, but Toby doesn't let this stop him and has been a star patient who now appears to like the vet! We still have him thanks to all you did early on and for that I'm so grateful.”
As you can see from these photos Toby looks like he is living a happy and normal life again! If your dog has been treated by our vets, why not volunteer them to be our next Patient of the Week, which we share on our social media channels?
By sharing your story with us you’re helping to raise more awareness of the AHT and the work we do to improve the health and welfare of all horses, dogs and cats. To nominate your pet as Patient of the Week either send us a direct message through Facebook or Twitter if you use either of these social networking platforms or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Laika, a young Border Collie, was referred to the AHT in November 2014 when he was just four months old after having had three generalised epileptic seizures in one day. The referring vets suspected Laika had epilepsy but wanted to investigate further. On admission to the AHT Laika was given epileptic drugs and was kept in for blood tests, an MRI scan and lumbar puncture.
Our neurology department discovered from the MRI scan that Laika had an issue with his skull. There is a piece missing between the cranial cavity and nasal cavity and as he grows, his brain is filling the space in the nasal cavity, which is causing his seizures!
Laika’s seizures are currently controllable with medication so there is no immediate action required but surgery to replace the missing piece of bone could be an option for Laika in the future. However, this procedure would be very complex.
Suzanne, Laika’s owner, said: “Apart from this issue Laika is a normal growing mischievous puppy, so while he grows and the seizures are controllable with medication, we are taking each day as it comes. We have to be mindful of Laika getting things stuck up his nose, or him bashing his nose but hey - he is a Border Collie!
“He is now eight months and doing well, with just the occasional seizure which he recovers quickly from. We love him to bits and he is very much part of our family. It is not what we expected when we decided to get a puppy but we wouldn't be without him now, not for one minute. We of course don't know what the future will bring but for now life for Laika is good!
“We are so grateful for the care and skill shown by the Neurology Department at the AHT, they have been fantastic to us and have always made us feel at ease in what has been quite a trying few months. Thanks to all at the AHT - it’s a fantastic facility to have access to!”