An adorable Basset Hound dog has been given a chance to view and enjoy the world around him after having a facelift to remove 1kg of saggy skin.

Three-year-old Chief had plastic surgery after his owner noticed he was struggling to see due to his drooping eyelids.

Owner Tracey McDermott, 40, from County Wicklow near Dublin, Ireland, said she noticed Chief’s eyes when he was just a puppy.

‘His eyes were quite droopy – more than seemed normal,’ she explained. ‘As he grew and became bigger, so did the problem with his sight, so we were increasingly concerned about him.

‘We would call his name and he’d lift his head up to try and see where we were but you could see he was struggling.

‘We were constantly using eye drops to moisturise his eyes to stop them from becoming dry and sore. We then realised something had to be done as the skin was starting to cover Chief’s eyes and affect his vision.’

Tracey decided to take Chief to Linnaeus-owned Primrose Hill Veterinary Hospital in Sallynoggin in Dublin where he underwent a five-hour operation.

Veterinary surgeon Mike Woods removed the large section of skin from across the dog’s neck and repositioned his eyelids and eyebrows.

‘Chief had a typical Basset Hound anatomy but was suffering from severe upper lid ptosis (droop) and lower lid ectropion (slack and saggy) which had left him struggling to blink and to see properly,’ Mike said.

‘I performed a coronal rhytidectomy (facelift) to remove a very large amount of skin from across the dorsal cervical (neck) region close to his ears. I then placed walking sutures across the cranial region (skull) to increase tension of the skin back from the eyelids.

‘It was a long, challenging surgery but everything went well and at his post operative check-up three weeks later the wound had settled down very well. The best news is that Chief is now visual as he no longer has any skin folds obstructing his vision.

‘He may need further treatment in the future but, for now, he’s looking very well.’

Chief had a brief stay at the vets to recover from his operation, but he is now back home with a very relieved Tracey.

‘Mike said a facelift would help but explained it was best to wait until Chief was fully mature as he was still growing and developing more skin,’ she noted.

‘He’s three now and fully grown so that’s why we went ahead with the surgery and it’s been a super success. He recovered very well from the long surgery – although during the first week he required a lot of care and supervision as expected.’

Thankfully, Chief’s quality of life has greatly improved and he is even happier than before.

‘It’s had a really positive impact on his life,’ Tracey added.

‘He was always a happy dog who got on with life in his own way despite the problems he had, now it is great to see him so well – and, of course, for him to see us.’

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