Bella given new lease of life when vets from the Animal Health Trust performed delicate eye surgery to remove an ocular dermoid.

Vets from the Animal Health Trust gave a basset hound the perfect early Christmas present by performing delicate surgery to rid her of an uncomfortable eye condition.

AHT vets examining Bella.One-year-old Bella was born with an ocular dermoid on her left eye, an overgrowth of normal tissue in an abnormal location. Although this type of growth does not usually impair eye sight, the abnormal-haired tissue on the eye is extremely irritating and led Bella to have recurring conjunctivitis.

Struggling to keep up with the vet’s bills, her owners could not afford the specialist surgery Bella needed to remove the uncomfortable dermoid, so they took her to Wood Green Animal Shelter.

Wood Green quickly contacted specialist vets at the AHT to ask for assistance. The AHT has the largest team of ophthalmology specialists in Europe, and was able to perform the extremely delicate eye surgery Bella needed.

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

Helen Keen, head nurse at Wood Green, 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 re-home her in time for Christmas.”

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