Well, it may not be his best picture, but it is probably one of his happiest, and the reason is ...… LEO CAN SEE!!!
We are so, so happy for our big, beautiful friend that from this day forward, he will see life in a whole new way!
First off, we would like to thank the thousands of you that wished Leo well, thought of him during his surgery, said a prayer for him for a speedy recovery, or made a donation toward his medical expenses. We can't thank you all enough for caring so much not just for Leo, but for all of our animals in need. We really cannot do this work and change the lives of animals like Leo without your help. You hear us talk about our Res-Q Fund so often but really, this is exactly why it was established. If you can give to our Res-Q Fund, please make a donation.
Leo underwent his mega-surgery late in the day yesterday at North Star Vets in Robbinsville, and we are so pleased with the wonderful work that Dr. Vygantis did for Leo. As you may know, Leo had several issues with his eyes, Read his original story here, and Dr. Vygantis really had her work cut out for her. She not only repaired Leo's cherry eyes, but she corrected the severe entropion (inverted eyelids) that Leo had by performing a very lengthy and delicate procedure to restructure (for lack of a better word) Leo's eyelids. The days of being poked in the eyes constantly, and the pain, tearing, and swelling are all a thing of the past. Leo's eyes may look a bit odd right now, but that is normal and they will look odd for a couple of weeks while the incisions heal and form scar tissue.
Leo has been a bit droopy after anesthesia the last few times he had to be anesthetized but today, there was nothing droopy about our big boy! When we picked him up this morning, Leo was jumping for joy as he realized that he was no longer in pain and that he could actually see us clearly for the first time. It is so heartwarming to see how happy Leo is and we are so excited for him! Obviously he will spend the next couple of weeks in the cone while he heals, but even that is not getting him down right now.
Thank you all again for your good thoughts and well wishes for Leo …. he truly does appreciate it! He will be resting and keeping his face super clean over the next couple of weeks but we will continue to update on his progress. Thank you all again!