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Helping Out Pets Everyday: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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Eye surgery for a rescued dog from the Devore, CA, shelter.

The dog we rescued had an ulcer on her eye. We didn't know what caused the ulcer to form. We took her to an eye specialist, Eye Care for Animals located in Upland, CA. She was diagnosed with a condition called ectopic cilia with the surgical procedure cctopic cilia removal with cryotherapy.

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Ellie, a sweet 9-month-old puppy, was rescued from the [open-admission] Devore, CA, shelter on her last day. She came to us where we provided all the necessary medical care, spay surgery, microchip, all necessary vaccinations, fecal exam. We began to showcase her for adoption after her initial well check. We noticed she was closing her right eye. Upon further examination, our primary veterinarian where she was boarding found she had developed an ulcer. After treating her with antibiotic ointment for two weeks with no improvement, we decided to take her to an eye specialist.

On June 18, 2014, we had our initial consultation at Eye Care for Animals, in Upland, CA. Upon examination by Nancy Park, DVM, we were told after the tonometry and fluorescein stain that Ellie had a condition called ectopic cilia. The following day, Thursday, June 19, 2014, Ellie underwent surgery for ectopic cilia removal with cryotherapy on her right eye. She is now in the recovery mode and will return for a follow up appointment the week of July 1.

Ellie has a family waiting to adopt her once she is healed, so there’s a happy ending waiting to follow. We are very thankful for the Orvis Operational Grant because it helped us provide this much-needed surgery for our precious Ellie!


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