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* The Bergers: Ben and Leonie

These two stunningly beautiful angels are known as “The Bergers”: Ben is on the left and Leonie on the right

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Since this photo was taken, Ben has gone blind. He’s proving to be incredibly smart and his proud mum, Kathy says he’s learned so many new commands. Kathy says the bond between them has strengthened since Ben lost his sight.

Leonie is apparently the WORST seeing eye dog EVER. Kathy says she is always the bratty sister…. (she’s obviously a bit of a princess – just like my Corby was)

* Rescue Me: The babe and the old blind man

Source: Rescue Me: The babe and the old blind man  |

Joe went from one eye to no eyes to needing dental surgery, but none of this deterred Lauren Truscott. In fact, it motivated her to adopt another rescue.

When Joe came to B.C. from a high-kill shelter he already had three strikes against him: One of his eyes was removed because of Glaucoma, the other one was blind and he was a scruffy senior. In short, this is the kind of dog that gets left at the shelter.

But despite all of this, Lauren Truscott fell in love at first sight, no pun intended.

Nine-year-old Joe now has no eyes at all – his other eye was recently removed because of painful Glaucoma – but now he’s facing another hurdle: he needs dental surgery, and Lauren is fundraising to come up with the cash.

[Read the full article….]

Source: Rescue Me: The babe and the old blind man

* Blind Dog Who Was Kept In A Pantry Now Lives Like A King

Source: Blind Dog Who Was Kept In A Pantry Now Lives Like A King  |

By Christian Cotroneo  |  Apr. 18, 2016

When Splinter got sick, he was exiled to the pantry.

His owner thought it might have been mange and didn’t want him infecting the other animals.

So he spent his days and nights in total isolation, while the sickness claimed his fur, his vision and, very nearly, his hope.

But one day, the pantry door opened. The owner had been reported for animal hoarding. Authorities took Splinter to a shelter in Shafter, California.

Doctors found a six-pound tumour attached to his spleen.

It was Cushing’s Disease, an ailment that causes hair loss, skin infection and a unique potbellied appearance. Not to mention the extreme discomfort of having a football-sized tumor pressing up against the internal organs.

It also caused Splinter to go permanently blind……[Read the full article]

* Devastated St Ives dog owners searching for their lost blind “gentle giant” | The Cornishman

Source: Devastated St Ives dog owners searching for their lost blind “gentle giant” | The Cornishm

By CMKirsteSmith  |  Posted: March 24, 2016

Bryn who is missing in the St Ives area

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Dog owners in St Ives are desperately searching for their blind dog that went missing last night.

Bryn, who is a Mastiff cross, went missing at around midnight last night after he jumped the fence at his home in Amalveor, just outside St Ives, after smelling the scent of a badger.

Jenny Nankervis, who is Bryn’s owner and Della Johnson, who used to be Bryn’s foster mum, are appealing for help to try and track down. Continue reading

* Blind sheep finds his way thanks to puppy ‘halo vest’ and a friend with a bell – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Source: Blind sheep finds his way thanks to puppy ‘halo vest’ and a friend with a bell – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

By Thea Halpin

Updated Thu at 2:51am

VIMEO: Annabelle and 64 at Edgar’s Mission (Supplied: Edgar’s Mission)

He may not be a black sheep but a wether named 64 — after the Beatles song When I’m Sixty-four — is a stand out in his paddock.

The ragged old sheep has been blind most of his life, and is now in the care of an animal refuge.

“Named him after the song, because when he came to us here, he was 12 in human years, so 64 for a sheep,” Pam Ahern, co-founder of Edgar’s Mission in Lancefield north of Melbourne, said.

Halo vest custom-made to fit woolly sheep

Bleating around in his paddock and lazily mulling over blades of grass, 64’s defining feature is the wide plastic halo worn around his head.

With few options for vision-impaired animals and with no longer a herd to guide him, Ms Ahern began searching the internet for impairment aids for animals, eventually stumbling across the ‘halo vest’.

The vest, invented in the United States, is designed to fit dogs, with a plastic halo preventing blind canines from walking into objects.

After getting in touch with the manufacturers, a vest was custom-made especially to fit 64’s ruminant measurements.Inventor of the HaloVest and president and CEO of Halos for Paws, Dorie Stratton, said she came up with the idea of the vest after rescuing a blind Scottish terrier.

“I found him abandoned in a Walmart parking lot, and I took him home to care for him,” Ms Stratton said.

“Not being familiar with blind dogs, I went online to learn how to care for handicapped dogs.”I found several sites that showed me how to make a blind dog collar.”

After conceiving the idea, Ms Stratton and her friend Ellen Burgess, who had previously owned a blind dog that had since passed away, decided to make the idea a reality.

“We initially didn’t have any plans to start a business, until we showed the vest to our vet ophthalmologist,” Ms Stratton said.

“She went crazy for the vest and said these vests were highly in demand for blind dogs and I should start a business selling [them].

“I thought about it, and the rest is history.”

Herd offers protection

Life for blind animals is tough and according to Ms Ahern, without his herd, 64 would not have had much chance of surviving to his old age.

“He had obviously been living as part of a herd that protected him, because he wouldn’t have survived long alone being blind,” Ms Ahern said.

“He wasn’t socialised with humans; he was absolutely terrified of humans.”

With few options for vision-impaired animals, the staff at Edgar’s Mission took an inventive approach to guiding 64 around the 153-acre Victorian property.

They fitted a sheep named Annabelle with a bell — one that 64 was trained to listen for and follow.

However, according to Ms Ahern, the transition was harder than expected.

“It took a lot of training to get [Annabelle] wearing the bell and [to get] 64 following the sound,” she said.

“Sheep are preyed-upon animals so naturally, they don’t like making noise wherever they go.

“After adjusting to the jingling collar, Annabelle and 64 are now an inseparable pair and play follow-the-leader around the property.

“Annabelle was actually named Annabelle before we paired her up with 64 [so] it worked out quite well,” Ms Ahern laughed.

Source: Blind sheep finds his way thanks to puppy ‘halo vest’ and a friend with a bell – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

* Dog owners warned about deadly tick-borne disease Babesiosis found in UK for first time | Daily Mail Online

Source: Dog owners warned about deadly tick-borne disease Babesiosis found in UK for first time | Daily Mail Online


PUBLISHED: 17:16, 16 March 2016 | UPDATED: 00:58, 17 March 2016

  • Babesiosis has been seen in Britain for the first time after apparently travelling on an animal which used a ‘pet passport’
  • One dog has died from the immune disease and four are seriously ill
  • The initial outbreak came in Harlow, Essex but it could spread further 

Potentially fatal tick arrives in the UK and is infecting dogs

Dog owners have been warned that their pets could fall victim to a devastating tick-borne disease which has come to Britain for the first time.

One dog has already died and four are seriously ill after they contracted babesiosis, which causes animals’ immune systems to attack their own blood cells.

The parasite which causes the illness is believed to have entered the UK on an animal using the ‘pet passports’ scheme, and could be extra dangerous because British vets are not experienced in treating it.

The babesioisis outbreak started in Harlow, Essex, but there are fears it could now spread more widely.

Danger: Ticks like these are carrying the deadly illness babesiosis, which has already killed one dog in Britain

Local vet Clive Swainsbury, who has treated some of the affected dogs, told the BBC that the disease – which must be treated with a blood transfusion – will prove hard to detect.

He also warned that efforts to contain the spread of the parasite could be thwarted by wild animals which catch the illness.

‘At present we have a very well-defined area,’ Mr Swainsbury said. ‘The problem in the future is that every female tick will lay a couple of thousand eggs and all those offspring from that disease will also carry the disease.

‘As mammals move around they will start spreading the disease. Although you can advise dog walkers not to go there, it’s possible that foxes and other animals will transport these ticks.’

Hunt: Wildlife presenter Chris Packham with academic Richard Wall hunting for the ticks in Essex

Bite: When the illness enters dogs’ systems it causes their immune system to attack its own blood cells

In a message to dog owners, Harlow Council said the ticks concerned were ‘extremely rare’ in Britain, but urged them to protect their pets with anti-tick treatments and check for the bugs regularly.

The council has also signposted the area thought to contain the ticks.

Harlow councillor Mark Wilkinson said the area was popular with dog walkers, however he sought to reassure pet owners that the alert was ‘purely precautionary’ at this point.

He added: ‘Further tests are going to be carried out on the land once the weather improves and if necessary further advice will be issued.

‘The council is also in contact with the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs and is seeking any further advice from them.’

Eradication: Experts are concerned that wild animals will be able to spread the disease around Britain

Owners are advised to do a thorough body check of their dog to find ticks, which are visible to the naked eye but can be drawn to dark, hidden areas of the animal’s body such as ears, groin and between the toes.

Signs of ticks include dogs excessively scratching or licking a particular area.

To remove a tick, owners are advised to use tweezers to grip the tick by the head and pull it straight out, and not to twist, burn or apply anything to the skin.

To kill the tick once it has been removed, put it in a small amount of alcohol, rather than squash it.

Professor Richard Wall from the University of Bristol who is leading The Big Tick Project, a study of ticks and tick-borne disease, said the recent babesia cases in Essex were of huge significance and a major concern for animal health.

A spokesman for pet insurance firm Animal Friends said: ‘The average dog walker is already well aware that ticks and other parasites can spread infections like Lyme’s disease, but babesiosis is an especially aggressive and dangerous illness.

‘With spring just around the corner, we are approaching tick season and this outbreak means that owners need to be more vigilant than ever before.’

 Source: Dog owners warned about deadly tick-borne disease Babesiosis found in UK for first time | Daily Mail Online

Blackie’s back: Blind, aging dog finds new life with foster home |

Source: Blackie’s back: Blind, aging dog finds new life with foster home |



AUSTIN (KXAN) — The past year was a good one for the Austin Animal Center. They reported saving approximately 95 percent of the nearly 18,000 animals that ended up in their facility during 2015. That is a lot of lives saved, but one in particular came against high odds.

Blackie had lived his whole life outdoors

Just a couple of weeks before Christmas, the owners of a 14-year-old blind dog with health problems came to the intake facility to surrender their pet. “Blackie” faced a long road and vets thought the most humane thing to do was possibly euthanasia.

“He had not had the greatest of lives,” said AAC volunteer Brunie Drumond. “They felt like the dog must be suffering and would not make it past a week.”

Blackie had lived his whole life outdoors according to the owners when he was surrendered. After so many years of hardship, Drumond wanted to foster the dog. The idea was to give Blackie a place to pass away rather than a cold, steel cage.

“My goal was to take him home and let him live out his last few days in a home instead of a stressful shelter,” she said.

But with a warm place to sleep, new cat and dog friends at Drumond’s home and plenty of love and attention, Blackie is in no hurry to leave. What was expected to be just a few days is now over a month and Blackie’s last days may turn out to be his best.

“He really has been doing better,” said Drumond. “He goes on walks every day. More than anything, he likes relaxing in the room with us. He likes being part of things.”

It is quite the turnaround for a dog which was very close to euthanasia, but Drumond said being surrendered by his owners is possibly the best thing that could have happened for Blackie. And although she knows the inevitable will one day happen, she said giving Blackie extra time and the life he had been missing is all well worth it.

“I would rather have heartbreak about something I care about and matters to me.”

Update: Blackie died on Saturday, Jan. 30. “I’m deeply grateful that I was able to share the last 6 weeks with Blackie,” said his foster parent Drummond in a Facebook post. ” I’m also so very grateful to every person that has been supportive of me and to those who shared his story.”

Source: Blackie’s back: Blind, aging dog finds new life with foster home |

* Durham, French firms team to develop dry eye treatment for companion animals :: Editor’s Blog at WRAL TechWire

Source: Durham, French firms team to develop dry eye treatment for companion animals :: Editor’s Blog at WRAL TechWire

Posted Feb. 1, 2016 at 3:27 p.m.

Dye eye treatment coming for dogs

Wilma, who started going blind at the age of 2, belongs to Jim Shamp, Director of Public Relations for the N.C. Biotechnology Center.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — ​Zoion Pharma of Durham has formed a collaboration with the French veterinary company Ceva Santé Animale to develop a treatment for eye diseases in companion animals.

The companies did not disclose financial terms of the collaboration which gives Ceva worldwide development and commercial rights to Zoion’s drug candidate ZP-1, which Zoion has been targeting as a dry-eye treatment for dogs.

Technically, it’s an epithelial sodium channel inhibitor for the treatment of veterinary ocular surface diseases involving a lack of surface hydration, such as keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), commonly called dry eye.

“KCS is a disease that causes much pain and discomfort, particularly in dogs,” said Jon Alšėnas, D.V.M., president and CEO of Zoion. “If left untreated, severe cases may lead to blindness.”

Drug originally discovered by Parion Sciences

ZP-1 has successfully completed a proof-of-concept clinical trial in canine dry eye. It was originally discovered by Parion Sciences of Durham and then licensed to Zoion for veterinary use. [Read full article….]

Source: Durham, French firms team to develop dry eye treatment for companion animals :: Editor’s Blog at WRAL TechWire

* Epilepsy app for dog owners launches in Europe| Epilepsy Society

Source: Epilepsy app for dog owners launches in Europe| Epilepsy Society
20 January 2016

Epilepsy Society congratulates the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) on news that their app to help dog owners  improve the lives of pets with epilepsy will soon be translated into seven European languages.

The Pet Epilepsy Tracker, launched in the UK during National Epilepsy Week in May 2015 by the RVC, was developed with Epilepsy Society to map seizures and medication requirements.

Holger Volk, professor of veterinary neurology and neurosurgery at the RVC, said the app is a powerful tool in combatting the most common neurological conditions in dogs.

He said: “The main advantage for owners will be the control of an unpredictable and previously uncontrollable disease. Additionally, vets will gain a greater understanding of medication given to a dog, with a record that allows them to spot patterns in seizures.” Continue reading

* Young blind dog urgently needs out of kill shelter |

Source: Young blind dog urgently needs out of kill shelter |

January 18, 20167:17 AM MST

Please share to save his life   |    Rescue Me Tampa Shelter Dogs

His eyes look as if they could speak volumes, but ironically Ollie is blind and can see nothing. The shelter sent out a plea to rescues to pull Ollie. Blind dogs don’t do well in shelters. This shelter is noisy and very chaotic.

Those who visited him wrote on his page, “Spent time with Ollie today. What a LOVER!!! Took treats from us and had wiggle butt the minute he knew we were there!”

His video shows that he knows basic commands and is gentle. Even though he is blind, he pays attention and is alert to the person’s voice. He loves to be petted and enjoys treats (which he can sniff out!).

In spite of the strange surroundings, he has been sweet and friendly. He is listed as a one-and-a-half-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix. He is handsome and energetic according to staff.

The medical reports show that Ollie has a corneal injury, bilateral corneal edema and is blind. The volunteers wrote: “Our hearts go out to him as the shelter can be a scary environment especially for those who have no vision. This boy needs to find a home where he can feel safe and loved. Please help be his voice!”

Please share Ollie’s story with family and friends and social media contacts. He needs to be out of the shelter as soon as possible. There may be more information on his Facebook thread. He is ID#A30607405. Ollie is located at Hillsborough County Animal Services, 440 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa, FL 33619. Their phone number is 813-744-5660. They are open every day from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

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