A severe eye condition was causing real discomfort for six year old cross-breed dog, Raven, until PDSA came to the rescue and helped him to see clearly once again.
Raven's owner became concerned after noticing an infection developing in his eyes and sought advice from veterinary staff at Leicester PDSA PetAid hospital.
PDSA Veterinary Surgeon, James Farrell diagnosed a 'dry-eye' condition, technically known as keratoconjunctivitis, in which the body fails to develop tears and lubrication for the eyes leading to roughening and dryness of the cornea. If left untreated it can result in blindness.
Treatment usually takes the form of antibiotics and creams, which act as tear substitutes, but in some cases this doesn't work. Raven was given this type of treatment for a prolonged period but they were proving ineffective, so PDSA staff recommended surgery to help alleviate Raven's eye problem.
The delicate operation, performed on both eyes, involved re-routing saliva ducts from Raven's mouth into his eyes (see diagram), so the eyeballs would become lubricated with saliva rather than tears.
Raven is one of an average of 90 sick and injured pets seen by Leicester PDSA PetAid hospital everyday. The PetAid hospital provides free veterinary treatment for pets of owners who are unable to afford private vets fees.