A veterinarian saved a blind dog’s life with a special method ❤️
The Golden Retriever, named Gus, was bought by Sarah Millar, 40, and her daughter Mia, 16, when he was a puppy.
But not long after, he starts to run into things and needs Mia to guide him while walking because he is losing sight of his surroundings.
Veterinarians Scotland (VSS) was referred to him after the ophthalmologists who had examined him were confused and noted that his eyes appeared perfectly healthy.
Alexandra Ferreira, a neurologist, looked after him at the veterinary clinic where Sarah from Carlisle, Cumbria, brought him in.
According to the CT scan results, Gus went blind due to increasing pressure inside his brain.
She said: “Gus had an MRI and CT scan and Alexandra was amazed. She said he had the largest case of hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain) she had ever seen and it flooded both sides of his brain.
“I was shocked and couldn’t imagine his pain but Alex said the outcome wasn’t the worst because there was a way to drain the fluid and relieve pressure on Gus’ eyes and brain.”
Gus endured a three-month torture battle that included multiple procedures to drain fluid from his brain.
Sarah continued: “Gus needed to have the right set of shunts to drain fluid from the brain into the stomach.
“First, he didn’t respond well to the anesthetic, then he needed a second shunt with a controller to regulate the flow. There were a lot of tears along the way and it was a real roller coaster of emotions. “
After the last successful surgery, the family was finally able to bring their beloved pet home in June.
Sarah said: “There have been a lot of times where we were worried about not being able to answer the phone in case it was bad news, worst news.
“Instead, one morning we got a call that Gus had run out of sedation and had even gone for a little walk outside.
“Not long after, Alex said he could return home because she felt he would grow further with the family around her.
“It was a great moment. Gus is actually my daughter’s dog Mia and it came home for her 16th birthday.
“She said it was her best birthday present ever. It’s a real happy ending. Although he has no sight, he is a wonderful, one-of-a-kind dog and we owe everything to Alex and VSS. She put her heart and soul into saving his life and we couldn’t be more grateful.”
According to veterinarian Alexandra, Gus caretaker at the Linnaeus facility in Livingston, “we don’t have an accurate way to measure intracranial pressure in dogs and surgery must be repeated using a high-pressure catheter. to improve control. , Scotland.
“When I put in this second adapter, I didn’t want to prepare and drill the other side of the skull, because I was afraid of infection and further injury, so I decided to go with the same side but reposition the tube. connect.
“Gus is more responsive and interactive at home and I’m so happy for him and Sarah and family.”