Sweet little Pugs Peggy (7) and Paloma (4) came to our Rescue Centre in February because they weren’t getting on with the other dogs in a multi-dog household. However we soon noticed that they each had quite a few health issues.
Lovely Peggy was first of all treated for a bladder stone and ear infection, and was also suffering from BOAS (Brachycephalic Obstructed Airway Syndrome). This is a condition often seen in brachycephalic (flat-faced) dogs such as Pugs and French Bulldogs, when they have been bred to have exaggerated features which can then cause major health problems, including difficulty breathing and eating. (Often the owners of brachycephalic dogs don’t realise their dog has BOAS, as the noisy breathing of flat-faced dogs has been normalised so owners often don’t know that their dog is struggling. It’s always a good idea to get a vet to check any flat-faced dog with noisy breathing or who regurgitates their food.)
We are pleased to report that yesterday Peggy had BOAS surgery to widen her throat and help her be able to breathe and eat more easily. This was carried out by our vets at Quarry House. The operation went really well and she is recovering nicely in our special care unit. When she has recovered enough from that operation she will have major dental work done as well as being spayed.
Paloma was suffering from entropian in both her eyes. This is a condition where the eyelid turns in towards the eye, and a result, the eyelashes and skin rub against the eyeball, causing inflammation in the cornea of the eye. Again this condition is associated with BOAS and is a result of the exaggerated features she was bred to have.
Paloma has today had surgery on both her eyes to correct the entropian. The surgery went really well, and she is now in recovery. At the same time she has been X-rayed as we suspected a problem with her spine, and the X-rays showed that she has a spinal deformity – we will keep you updated about that when we have more information about how this affects her.
Peggy and Paloma are two very sweet girls and we hope that after they have finished all their treatment they can both go on to live happy new lives in their forever home. We will keep you updated on all of their progress.
Peggy and Paloma’s treatment and surgery has already cost over £2,000. Though we will always make sure that animals in our care have whatever veterinary treatment they need whatever the cost, sometimes it becomes quite expensive for a small charity like us to bear.
If any of our wonderful supporters would like to donate towards Peggy and Paloma’s surgery and other treatment, we would be so massively grateful for your support. You can make a donation by clicking the donate button below.
Thank you so very much for your amazing support, on behalf of Peggy, Paloma and everyone at the Rescue Centre. We really could not do this without you.