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Animal charities unite to aid rescue dog

A rescue dog got to spend her first Christmas in a new home after receiving surgery at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) to rid her of an eye condition.

One-year-old Basset Hound Bella was born with an ocular dermoid on her left eye, an overgrowth of normal tissue in an abnormal location. Although the growth does not usually impair eye sight, the abnormal haired tissue on the eye causes irritation and resulted in Bella having recurring conjunctivitis.

Bella’s owners struggled to keep up with vet’s bills and couldn’t afford the specialist surgery she needed, so they took her to Wood Green, where Bella could receive the necessary treatment.

Wood Green contacted specialist vets at the AHT to ask for assistance. The AHT has the one of the largest teams of ophthalmology specialists in Europe, and was able to perform the surgery needed.

The AHT’s head of small animal ophthalmology Claudia Hartley 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.”

Head nurse at Wood Green Helen Keen added: “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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