Keeping an Eye on Billy
When Billy, a stray Sprocker, arrived in our care it was immediately obvious that his eye needed serious medical attention.
Billy was suffering with "Cherry Eye". In the corner of the eye in dogs and cats, there is a membrane called the third eyelid (nictitating membrane). It is like the windscreen wiper of the eye and it has a special gland behind it that is partially responsible for tear production.
“Cherry Eye” is when the gland of the third eyelid prolapses (swells and protrudes) out of its normal position and appears as a red mass in the corner of the eye. This prolapse occurs due to a weakness of the tissue which holds the gland in its normal position. Left untreated, tear production usually drops and a syndrome called “dry eye” often develops.
Sadly, it may have been because of the "Cherry Eye" that 10 month old Billy suddenly found himself homeless.
It was clear that Billy would need corrective surgery, so today Chris Warren of Westmoor Veterinary Hospital performed what they call ‘Morgan Pocket Technique’, where the gland is “buried” in a pocket on the inside of the third eyelid.
Billy is now back in our care, safe and warm, despite the snowy conditions outside, and once he is feeling better, he will be neutered before the time comes for him to look for a forever home of his own!