Wollie and his ‘cherry eye’

DSCF0709Meet Wollie. When we met him, he had a slightly swollen red bump on his eyelid which looked like a cherry eye (a disorder affecting the 3rd eyelid when the gland on the eyelid is detached and protrudes out). Aside from the eye, he was a happy dude, bouncing around full of energy.

So, there our volunteers stood alongside the squatter camp on a Saturday afternoon, knowing the vets were all closed. What to do… Cherry eye isn’t an emergency and all the vets were already closed. But it looked so uncomfortable!

Our volunteers gave moisturising eye ointment to keep the eye from drying out and getting damaged, and made a plan for the week. 

Within a week, the small bump had grown so that his whole eye was bulging out and was bright red! It looked AWFUL! We felt so sorry for him. 🙁 Of course, Wollie was quickly taken to the vet – Durbanville Animal Hospital Vets Who Care

Despite said eye looking like a beetroot, bouncy Wollie was with still totally unperturbed!

A scan revealed a tumour behind the eye – a rapidly growing one at that! Removing the eye and the tumour behind it was the best solution, and the vets did a fantastic job.

When we took this amiable fellow home a couple of days later, we were amazed at how he bounded out of the van without a care in the world! He did bump into a few things initially but, within a day or two, he was his old self.

Animals are so resilient and seem to have no problems adjusting to life with one eye – perhaps because they don’t overthink things the way we humans do! 😀

When we checked on him the other day – one month after his surgery (see pic above) – we had to chase him round the van and hold him still to take a photo!

He just wanted to wag his whole body and show off for us!

Wollie says THANK YOU to DAH for helping him and to all those who support us with donations so that they could make him better.

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