Newcastle dog gets facelift as heavy folds of skin have caused him restricted vision and painful ulcers

Heavy folds of skin on Bentley’s forehead once impacted this young pup’s daily life.

The two-year-old Clumber Spaniel suffered from painful corneal ulcers and his vision had become so restricted that he once ran into the brick wall of a bus stop. The heavy folds of skin were forcing his eyelids inward and ulcers were developing due to his fur resting in his eye.

But now the young Bentley is much happier and preparing for a brighter and clearer future after undergoing a facelift to remove its creases. And its owners Anthony and Fiona Robson, from Newcastle, are delighted with the new Bentley look.

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Anthony said: “Before the operation, Bentley frequently kept his eyes closed and actually walked into a brick bus stop one morning. The difference after the operation was amazing! He started looking around when we we walked around like everything was new!”

“It has also helped his confidence, although it’s still a work in progress, as his poor vision before the operation caused him to be wary of strangers and dogs. He is much better now.”

Bentley underwent delicate surgery at Linnaeus-owned Veterinary Vision in Cumbria. This involved careful planning to ensure that his facelift prevented him from encountering similar problems later in life, but also to avoid overcorrection, which could prevent Bentley from blinking properly.

Bentley one month after the operation

Veterinary Vision Clinical Director Chris Dixon said: “Bentley was a difficult dog to examine prior to surgery due to his restricted vision and ongoing eye discomfort. Heavy folds of skin along his forehead and around his his eyes grew corneal hairs and he subsequently developed corneal ulceration.

“The surgery was complex and involved the resection of the skin folds of his forehead. We performed a modified eyebrow suspension to prevent the remaining skin from sliding forward and followed this with bilateral upper and lower eyelid surgery to prevent the eyelids to roll over.

“Precise planning of the procedure was critical to success because over-correction could potentially prevent Bentley from blinking normally and lead to other complications, and under-correction would not improve his quality of life.

“Everything went well and Bentley’s recovery was excellent, and the shy, nervous and aggressive behavior that we had experienced before the operation disappeared overnight. His owners were extremely diligent with his post-operative care and I’m glad he’s now on treatment-free.

“He has been a fantastic patient, and the whole team at Veterinary Vision is delighted that he has made a full recovery.”

Bentley six months after the operation
Bentley six months after the operation

Bentley owner Fiona added: “We are very grateful for the fantastic job [the team] did for Bentley to give him a different outlook on life and a brighter future.

“He has been transformed and it’s lovely to see him running on the beach, a very happy dog. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Veterinary Vision to other customers as their service was very professional and they took great care of Bentleys.”

Veterinary Vision, which has centers in Penrith, Sunderland and Charnock Richard, performs all types of eye surgery with its ophthalmologists offering extensive experience and knowledge of eye conditions in small animals, equines and farm animals.

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