Kehotay, a Golden Retriever, has been the eyes and ears for Ron Henry of Omaha, Nebraska, for the past eight years. Henry brought Kehotay to his veterinarian, Dr. Mike Hord, of Val Verde Animal Hospital, at the end of December, because he thought his best pal was having vision problems. At that time, his eyes were very clouded due to ulcers on the cornea. But being blind himself, Henry couldn’t see the extent of the problem.
Dr. Hord sees this problem often, and thought it was simple ulcers. But according to a report, Dr. Hord then saw that the pressure in Kehotay’s eye started to rise very quickly. According to Dr. Hord, “the eye pressure was triple what it should have been.” Pigmentary Uveitis, the diagnosis, is common to Golden Retrievers. While this disease is presumed to be inherited, the cause remains unknown. The disease causes changes in the eye, which gets worse over time and can lead to cataract formation, glaucoma or high pressure in the eye, and blindness.
This can be an extremely painful situation for an animal, and the veterinarian thought that Kehotay might have to have his eye removed. Henry was worried sick, but didn’t have the funds to pay for the tests and treatment. And then Hearts United for Animals stepped in to set up a fund, acting as a partner with Val Verde Animal Hospital. Hearts United for Animals is a no-kill shelter, sanctuary and animal welfare organization in Auburn, Nebraska.
Things are looking up for the bonded pair. Hearts United says,
‘One of the vet techs is even a learning a special sign language that they do by touching the palm of Ron’s hand. He has a helper at home who administers medications and makes sure that Ron and Kehotay get to the clinic for follow up visits.’
Soon they will bring Kehotay to a specialist to get a better idea of what’s going on. Regarding Kehotay and Ron, the Val Verde Facebook page says, “With special thanks to Hearts United for Animals, we are working to help contribute towards his care.” Hearts United for Animals has a donation link here if you would like to help Kehotay and Ron, and enable this gorgeous Golden boy continue being the eyes and ears for his best friend. To quote Cervantes Don Quixote, “He is most blessed who loves the most, the freest who is most enslaved by love.” This Kehotay and his Ron are truly each other’s beloved.
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