Absolute cuteness overload coming your way!!! I bet his cute face got you good without you even knowing he couldn’t see because of very poor breeding.
Shar Pei’s are a beautiful breed that are known to be high maintenance, and need a lot of medical throughout their lives. The family who purchased him thought they were going to a good breeder, and was told his eyes would open later on in life. Thinking this was odd but maybe normal to the breed, they didn’t realize it was a complete lie until months later when this boys eyes still weren’t open. The breeder even showed “registered” paperwork that was found out later to be completely fraudulent, and he scammed this family for a sale. He knew Oliver’s genetics were horrible but the sale was more important then disclosing any information.
Oliver is a miniature Shar Pei which makes him even more desirable. Im sure the breeder knew cuteness overload is strategic to sell these medical dogs for high prices, without people even realizing what they were signing up for. Please research breeds thoroughly before purchasing. Research the breeder, the paperwork or anything they are telling you. Oliver’s family loved him so much but his needs exceeded what they were able to provide for him. If the breeder was truthful they wouldn’t of gotten him, which would of allowed another family with more experience to get him and give him the help he needs.
Like most Shar Pei’s, he needed etropian eye surgery which is common for the breed. This surgery is suppose to be done when a puppy to help them see due to their face structure and wrinkles. Not doing this surgery effects their eye sight and can damage them.
Oliver never received this surgery and has been struggling to see bumping into things regularly, which can cause him to panic. His face wrinkles are way more thicker then the average Shar Pei making the surgery more complicated.
We had Oliver see numerous surgeons who either told us his surgery was too complicated because his facial rolls are too thick, or doctors refusing to do the surgery because it being too complicated, or doctors even telling us he would need a whole face lift and need to have 3-4 surgery’s to get his eyes normal, and then refusing to do the surgery as it was too risky.
We started feeling defeated as we just wanted to help Oliver see. We didn’t give up but it was very challenging.
We finally found an animal eye doctor that not only will do his surgery, they were able to do some tests to see if his eyes even have any eye sight in them. Oliver actually has eye vision, but his eyelid rolls are so thick they have flipped and pushed his eyes further back into the head. The surgeon did a full etropian surgery, but more skin and tissue was removed with a minor reconstruction of the eyebrow tissue area which will allow the eyeballs to move forward. He said there could be some previous damage to the cornea from his eyelashes being pushed into eyes this whole time scratching them, but he believes Oliver will regain more then 50 to 80% of eye sight back after he recovers which is amazing.
This was a higher risk surgery, but Oliver did have eye pain and constant infections from the condition his eyes were in, so it needed to be done. Oliver has successfully completed surgery recently and is still recovering. For the first time ever, we can actually see his eyeballs and he is showing us better vision already. He is still swollen and recovering, but Oliver is finally going to have a better quality of life.
Olivers surgery was $4300 and took place November 17th. His surgery was a huge success, and any support to help recover these costs we paid to help him see again, would be greatly appreciated.
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