Pumpkin Head

Pumkin Head is a sweet, loving, and adoring 4 month old Bull dog/Pit mix puppy. He came to us with a fused tail, big head, and red eyes. He was really cute, but it looked like their might be something medically wrong with him. We took him to the vet to get checked out and to have a fecal done being that he previously had whip, round, and hookworms. He did test positive for whip worms again so we had him treated with Drontal Plus. They said that whatever he had was congenital, meaning that his enlarged head and fused tail was present at birth. Pumkin Head was also given Simplicef medication. His Vet bill came to $117.00.

The day that he was to get adopted, we noticed that his eye was red and drooping. It appeared that he had a cherry eye but we weren't certain. He went back to the Vet and they said that he had to have surgery done on his eye. The medical term for 'cherry eye' is nictitans gland prolapse, or prolapse of the gland of the third eyelid. Unlike people, dogs have a 'third eyelid' that contains a tear gland and is located in the corner of each eye. Under normal circumstances, this gland is not visible and aids in the production of tears. For some reason, which is not completely understood, the gland of the third eyelid prolapses or comes out of its normal position and swells creating the condition known as cherry eye.

We contacted Animal Eye Care of WNY http://www.animaleyecareofwny.com/aboutus.html so that they could do his surgery. Pumkin Head was put under anesthesia and both of his eye lids were operated on. He was given pain medication and an E Collar so that he couldn't damage his eyes by rubbing it against anything. His treatment there, with a shelter discount came to $906.00. The total for all of his vet care was $1,023.00. Please help us cover these costs, so that we can continue our tireless efforts in helping other dogs that have special needs.