This is Ottie, a 5-year-old Shih Tzu. Ottie's dad says he's a good boy, in fact, Ottie’s the best boy. So Ottie's parents were very upset when they noticed his eye was in rough shape.
Ottie's mom is a stay at home mom, and his dad recently lost his job and was unable to receive any assistance. During this time, they lost a family member and had to travel for the funeral. When they came home they noticed Ottie's eye was, well there is no easy way to say this, his eye was protruding from his head. Best guess is Ottie and his brother were playing a little too hard, and Ottie's eye got caught in the line of fire.
Ottie needed surgery immediately if there was a chance to save his eye, so his parents applied to Fur Kids Foundation for help.
Did you know that certain dog breeds are prone to losing eyeballs, or eye proptosis? According to the ASPCA, brachycephalic dog breeds—those with short snouts and shallow eye sockets like Ottie (Shih Tzu), Pekingese, Pugs, Lhasa Apsos and Boston Terriers are quite prone to eye proptosis. Even mild restraint or play can result in eye issues! There are no real preventative measures pet owners can take since proptosis typically occurs after trauma. It’s a good thing that eye removal is tolerated well by dogs and cats.
In surgery, it was determined that his eye was not healthy enough to be saved and it was removed. This just makes Ottie that much more beloved as a pirate dog. Arrrggghhh!
Ottie's parents are hopeful that this was a one-time accident and there won't be any further issues.
For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, Fur Kids Foundation encourages you to make an appointment with your veterinarian.
About Fur Kids Foundation
Fur Kids Foundation is 100% run by dedicated volunteers who give their time to help the Foundation raise money with events, take applications, and spread the word about the good work the Foundation does in Campbell County, Wyoming. If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help local families with animals afford emergency veterinary care, please consider making a tax-deductible donation via PayPal or signing up to become a volunteer. Read more Success Stories.
Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
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