Dexter, a five-year-old looking Boston Terrier, was transported to our hospital from a shelter in the Central Valley with a significant mass on his left eye. This was an unusual injury because it was on his cornea in the center of his eyeball. It was likely caused by significant trauma which was not treated and resulted in the formation of a large inclusion cyst.
While it must have been causing him significant pain and discomfort, you would never know it from his
charming and friendly disposition. From a medical perspective, the easiest thing would have been to remove his eye, but we were determined to save his eye and eliminate his suffering.
Our medical team consulted with a veterinary ophthalmologist who connected us with the UC Davis Veterinary Medical program and asked them to take Dexter on as a special case. They determined Dexter was a candidate for a groundbreaking new surgery with a good chance that most of his vision would be restored. During the surgery they found and removed a small foreign object from his eye which was likely to have caused all of the issues.
The mass had formed on top of the object to try to protect the eye. A few weeks after surgery Dexter was recovering nicely and available for adoption. It didn’t take long for him to win over his new family. Now Dexter gets to enjoy all of their love—and see all the toys and treats that come his way! Dexter’s very special journey was made possible thanks to donors like you and for that our entire team, Dexter, and his new family are eternally grateful!