Published: 14/01/2013 11:43:29
AHT vets perform delicate eye surgery on rescued basset hound
Bella, a one year-old Basset Hound, has spent her first Christmas in a new home, after we performed delicate surgery to rid her of an uncomfortable eye condition.
Bella was born with an ocular dermoid on her left eye, an overgrowth of normal tissue in an abnormal location. Although this type of growth does not usually impair eye sight, the abnormal haired tissue on the eye is extremely irritating and led Bella to have recurring conjunctivitis.
Struggling to keep up with the vet’s bills, her owners could not afford the specialist surgery Bella needed in order to remove the uncomfortable dermoid. They felt they had no other choice but to take Bella to Wood Green, where she could get the help she so desperately needed.
Wood Green quickly contacted our specialist vets to ask for assistance. We have the largest team of ophthalmology specialists in Europe, and were able to perform the extremely delicate eye surgery Bella needed.
Claudia Hartley,our Head of Small Animal Ophthalmology, said: “I’m so glad we were able to help such a deserving dog who has been suffering with this growth since birth. Bella has a lovely nature, but the dermoid was clearly having a negative effect on her overall health and well-being.
“She recovered quickly from the surgery to remove the dermoid. The relief Bella felt after the operation was obvious straight away, as her spirits seemed to be immediately lifted. We hope this operation will give her a new lease of life, and that she has now found her ‘forever’ home.”
Helen Keen, Head Nurse at Wood Green said: “Bella came to us through no fault of her own, or her owners - she needed specialist surgery to correct the abnormal birth defect on her eye which sadly, they just couldn’t afford.
“Her owners did the right thing by bringing her to us; both charities have been able to pool resources and get Bella the help she needed to correct her defect. The change in her after having the operation was incredible, and we were so pleased to be able to rehome her in time for Christmas.”
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