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Exophthalmia Eddie Pug

This Is An Eye Popping Read!

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Eddie presented to Southdown Animal Clinic for his initial puppy examination and vaccinations at 14 weeks of age.  On physical examination our primary concerns included his eyes and his nostrils.  Eddie had shallow eye orbits causing exophthalmos (bulging of the eyes) such that he was unable to close his eyelids.  Since he was unable to close his eyelids his corneas were exposed at all times to the environment leading to abrasions on the surface of the eyes, redness of the conjunctiva and dryness of the surface of the eye.  There was also minimal tear production in both eyes.  Eddie had stenotic nares (narrow nasal openings) leading to difficulty with breathing.  Eddie was started on medications to treat the abrasions on his corneas and to keep the eyes lubricated.

Eddie was scheduled for surgery. We elected to do multiple procedures – neuter, stenotic nares correction and eyelid surgery.  Check out our other posts for details on stenotic nares surgery.  For surgical correction of the eyes we elected to do a tarsorrhaphy, which is a surgical procedure in which the upper and lower eyelids are partially sewn together to narrow the eyelid opening.  Once the eyelid opening is narrowed the cornea is able to heal.

As you can see in this photo Eddie’s eye is bulging out of the socket and the upper and lower eyelid are so far apart, hence unable to close.

The left eye has been surgically corrected by carefully suturing the upper and lower eyelid medially.  Great care must be taken to not incorporate the tear ducts into the suture line.

Both eyes have been surgically corrected.  As you can see the upper and lower eyelids are now closer to each other and once the swelling is gone he will be able to close them for the first time!

Eddie has a new face! He will now be able to blink and he will be able to breathe better now that his nares have been opened up.  This is Eddie the next day.  Both eyes and his nares were surgically corrected. He also got neutered. He is just so very cute!!!

Eddie recovered very well from his surgical procedures and is a happy puppy!



Giving back to the community

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On September 8, 2013 the staff at Southdown Animal Clinic along with family, friends and our four legged companions participated in the Oakville & Milton Humane Society’s Mutt Strutt and Fall Fair.  Our team, The Heinz 57’s, walked 5-km and raised $1678.00 through the generous support of our family, friends and clients.  Our goal was to raise as much money as we could to help care for all the many amazing, loving souls that come into the OMHS’ care.  There is nothing better than a four legged friend.  They love with all their hearts and they make our lives better.  Anyone who has lived with an animal knows you can not find better love anywhere else! All the money raised goes toward Oakville & Milton Humane Society’s efforts to promote the Human/Animal Bond through adoption, education, prevention and protection emphasizing kindness, compassion and respect for life.  The event raised $32,000.00 – we look forward to doing this again!

Here are some pictures from the day and the names of the dogs who walked 5-km (and their humans!).  Oliver with Nancy & Matt, Sadie with Michelle & her children, Henry with Amanda & Brandon, Tina with Sammy, Mylo with Gabby, Lola with Schere, Cali with Chantal, Stanley with Ryan, Pupdog & Lilly with Samantha, and Cujo with Melissa & Karen.



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MJ – Bearded Dragon

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MJ a five year old female Bearded Dragon presented to Southdown Animal Clinic April 2012 for examination of a mass in her left axilla/lateral thorax area (armpit/chest).  The mass was round, soft, moveable and non-painful to touch.  The mass measured 1.5 cm around.  The owner elected to monitor the mass to make sure it did not cause any discomfort to MJ or impede mobility of her left fore limb.  MJ was reexamined in September 2012.  The mass had increased in size to 4.8 cm, was firmer on palaption and was affecting mobility.  On discussion with the owner surgical removal of the mass was determined to be the best course of action.

MJ was admitted to Southdown Animal Clinic for surgical excision of the mass.  A full physical examination and a complete blood profile were done and no abnormalities were noted.  MJ was sedated with a combination of drugs determined to be safe anesthetics for reptiles.  A local anesthetic was injected into the subcutaneous tissue around the mass to provide additional pain control.  During the surgical procedure oxygen and isoflurane gas by face mask were administred.  MJ’s heart rate and respiration were closely monitored by our registered veterinary technician.  During the surgery “the mass” was actually two masses adhered to each other – the first mass was 4cm X 4.5cm and the second mass was 3cm X 3cm.  Once the masses were excised the area was closed with absorbable suture material to decrease the space left behind by the masses being removed.  MJ recovered well post surgery.  This is a picture of MJ at Southdown Animal Clinic.  She had a card from her friend Oufer in her compartment to wish her well during surgery!

At MJ’s follow up visit her incision had healed very well and her sutures were removed.  According to the owner since MJ’s surgery she is more active, playful and is even eating fruits and vegetables she did not enjoy prior to the surgery!

Bearded Dragons originate in Australia and in the wild spend most of their waking hours in bushes, trees and basking on rocks.  They are tan to yellow in colour and are called “bearded” because of the dragon’s ability to flare out the skin in the throat region when it is threatened or territorial.  Bearded Dragons are typically social, mellow and docile – they enjoy human company and make good pets.