A St. Bernard is one of just a handful of dogs in Britain to have received a facelift. However, the procedure was not for vanity purposes – he suffered from excess skin folds which left him virtually blind.
A St. Bernard called Boyce is one of just a handful of dogs in Britain to have received a facelift.
However, Boyce was not checked-in for vanity purposes, nor was he looking to knock a few years off his face – in fact he suffered from excess skin folds which left him virtually blind.
To restore his vision Boyce, who is being cared for by Dogs Trust Canterbury, underwent an operation to remove a section of skin from the top of his head, allowing his skin could be ‘lifted’ and stitched back together.
Dogs Trust veterinary director Paula Boyden comments: “This condition is often seen in Shar Peis and is quite unusual for a St. Bernard to suffer this badly. Prior to his facelift Boyce would have suffered terribly with sore eyes caused by the constant rubbing of skin folds on his eyeballs.”
She added: “Resorting to a facelift demonstrates the severity of the poor dog’s condition and we’re delighted that Boyce will now be able to lead a happy and healthy life.”
The big dog has recently recovered from his first facelift, but it doesn’t stop there for Boyce, who is scheduled in for further plastic surgery to improve his quality of life.
Dogs Trust Canterbury manager Adam Levy said: “Boyce’s next operation will reshape his eyelids to further improve his eyesight and reduce the pain and discomfort. He’s a tough lad who bounces back quickly and is receiving lots of love and care from our dedicated canine carers. Despite his veterinary ordeal, Boyce is a happy chappy and once he’s fully recovered will available for rehoming.”
- If you think you can offer Boyce or any of his canine chums at Dogs Trust Canterbury contact the centre at Radfall Road, Chestfield, Nr Whitstable, Kent, CT5 3ER, or call 01227 792 505.