Getting to the root of Teddy’s upset
Let us introduce you to rescue dog Teddy. He was welcomed into dog lover Kelly’s family but she suspected that something wasn’t right. Kelly knew she had some extra special work to do to find out what was bothering her newest addition….
Prior to joining Kelly’s furry family in February, Teddy had been re-homed to three separate families in a six week period. He was a complex case suffering from separation anxiety, a fear of men and sadly he demonstrated some aggressive behaviour.
Not one to easily give up Kelly welcomed Teddy into the gang and committed to helping the little chap find his feet and to see what could be done to help him.
Part of assessing behavioural issues is to establish whether there could be an underlying medical condition causing a problem. Kelly brought Teddy to see vet Andrew for a closer look.
Despite being fearful of men, Teddy soon warmed to Andrew and with the assistance of veterinary nurse Amy, a full clinical MOT took place. It was discovered that Teddy had a peculiar issue with his eyes. Dogs have a third eyelid which serves to protect the surface of the eye, it is located at the inner corner and all dogs have them. Usually the eyelid is smooth and causes no problem however Teddy’s had small, spikey hairs across the top. He also had some eyelashes causing a problem.
The tiny, out of place hairs were likely to be causing Teddy trouble and a delicate procedure to remove them was recommended. Andrew performed the operation along with the nursing team who provided clinical support and care. Teddy recovered well and was soon fit to go back to his family.
In the days and weeks following his treatment Teddy became a different dog. His anxiety reduced significantly and he showed no sign of aggression at all. He interacted well with his surroundings and started to have fun with his new family.
“We wanted to say a big thank you for helping Teddy with his hairy eyes. He is a totally different dog now that he isn’t suffering. He’s happy and playful now and a lot more trusting”
Nowadays he thoroughly enjoys life, never happier than when he’s chasing squeaky toys. He splashes about in the paddling pool with the rest of the gang; Percy, Bentley and Molly. Teddy even loves a good cuddle and can often be found snuggled up with Kelly on the sofa, which is a giant leap forward for him.
Kelly took all but one of her other dogs in from various rescue centres – Wicstun vet Ed performed surgery to repair Molly’s cruciate ligament some years ago and, as she is now at the grand age of 11, our vets help to keep her joints in good working order. Bentley and Teddy have become best friends which Kelly never thought possible.
All in all, there are plenty of amazing goings on in Kelly’s household – thank you so much for sharing your story with us all and we all hope Teddy continues to make such excellent progress.
We loved being able to help you! From all of your friends at Wicstun x