Dog Ruby undergoes rare surgery to cure blindness
Kollam: The district veterinary hospital has conducted a rare surgery to cure the blindness of a 4-month-old Labrador dog. Ruby, the pet of Pooyappalli native Jobin, had undergone the surgery called ‘Ventriculoperitoneal Shunting’, a surgical procedure to relieve pressure on the brain caused by fluid accumulation.
Ruby was taken to the veterinary hospital after suffering from vision loss.
Following a detailed medical checkup, the doctors confirmed that the dog suffered vision loss after its vein in the eye got damaged due to inflammation inside the scalp.
Later, the doctors decided to take the dog for Ventriculoperitoneal shunting which is rarely carried out even among people.
Though the doctors stated it as a high-risk surgery, the dog’s owner Jobin requested them to go ahead with the operation.
After days of long preparation, the doctors successfully carried out the surgery. As the scalp is opened for surgery, it is a critical procedure.
Ruby is recovering slowly after surgery. The doctors expressed hope that the dog will retain vision gradually.
Dr Ajith Pillai, Dr Sajaykumar, Dr Aarsha and Dr Arun conducted the surgery on the dog.
It is for the first time in Kerala, this surgery was carried out in a veterinary hospital.