Blind Rescue Puppy Receives Gift of Sight

Cataracts in Dogs

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  • Four month-old Danny was rescued along with 29 other dogs from a farm near Waco, TX.
  • Veterinarians working with the Austin Humane Society realized Danny was quickly losing his eyesight due to juvenile cataracts. And indeed, Danny had all the telltale signs. He walked with his head down, moved slowly, and frequently ran into obstacles and had to stop, turn, and move in another direction.
  • Fortunately, a veterinarian at Eye Care for Animals in North Austin was able to surgically correct Danny’s cataracts, and within minutes of the procedure, the puppy was tracking movements around him.
  • With his sight restored, Danny had the playful energy of a puppy, bounding down hallways and chasing toys.
  • Thanks to the kindness of strangers from across the U.S. who were moved by Danny’s story, the Austin Humane Society was able to pay not only for Danny’s care, but for other dogs who will come after him.

By Dr. Becker

Recently, a rescued puppy in Austin, Texas received a huge gift – his eyesight.

The 4 month-old puppy named Danny was almost blind when he was rescued by the Austin Humane Society a few months ago. Danny and 29 other dogs were taken from a farm near Waco, and veterinarians realized Danny was quickly losing his eyesight due to juvenile cataracts.

In his foster home, Danny walked with his head down and moved slowly around rooms as he tried to get his bearings. According to his foster dad, Danny ran into walls and had to stop, turn, and move in another direction.

Danny Gets Sight-Saving Surgery

In August, Dr. Lynsey Wagner of Eye Care for Animals in North Austin surgically removed Danny’s cataracts. Within minutes, Danny was alert and obviously tracking the veterinary staff as they moved about the room.

With his sight restored and the playful energy of a puppy, Danny began bounding down the hallways of his foster home and chasing toys. His foster parents were thrilled to see him run for the first time.

Danny needed about six to eight weeks to heal from the surgery before he was ready to be adopted, but I’m sure by now he’s in his new forever home. All of the other dogs rescued with Danny also found homes.

Danny’s story touched so many hearts that the Austin Humane Society received donations from across the U.S. Thanks to the generosity of people as far away as California, the organization was not only able to pay for Danny’s care, but for other dogs who will come after him.

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