Vet saves sight of young Labrador pup

Vet saves sight of young Labrador pup

Severe ulcers removed from both eyes

A veterinary surgeon has saved the sight of a three-week-old Labrador puppy with a severe eye condition.

Rufus was referred to Veterinary Vision with ulcers on both eyes caused by abnormalities with his eyelids.

Despite his owner applying drops, it soon became clear that surgery was  the only remaining option.

Chris Dixon, an accredited advanced practitioner in veterinary ophthalmology, said: “We routinely see puppies with eyelid problems, but rarely so severe at such a young age.

“Unfortunately, Rufus’s condition had deteriorated despite his dedicated owner placing drops day and night, and surgery became the only option to improve his comfort and save his sight.”

Assisted by nursing colleagues Bex Martin and Emma Sturch, the Penrith-based surgeon removes a large abnormal growth of skin, called a dermoid, from the surface of both eyes.

‘Abnormal tissue’

They then reconstructed extensive congenital abnormalities of the lower eyelid, called a coloboma, before stitching them into place with very small dissolvable material.

Chris added: “A dermoid is abnormal tissue on the surface of the eye and hair growth from within the lesion can lead to ulceration of the ocular surface. A corneal ulcer is extremely painful and can lead to a loss of sight.”

“The surgery and anaesthesia had to be carefully planned in advance, and the success for Rufus is testament to the fantastic nursing team who cared for him throughout. It did help that he is very cute and loves cuddles!”

Rufus’s owner Evie Mountain, herself a veterinary surgeon, said: “For me, the referral process was very smooth and simple. I’m fortunate to know Chris, as I’ve referred numerous horse cases to him over the last few years. Surgery with Veterinary Vision gave Rufus a real chance at living a completely normal and happy life.”

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