"Meet Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue’s (SCLRR.org) “Shotgun”. He is a 5 year old male Labrador Retriever. “Shotgun” was left at a shelter by his previous family along with a note stating they were no longer able to take care of him. Shortly after birth this lovable lab became blind in his left eye and soon after he lost the vision in his right eye. SCLRR sent a volunteer to the shelter to evaluate him and found him to be a very sweet young dog that just needed a 2nd chance at a real life. SCLRR decided that “Shotgun” should see a specialist, not just anyone but top-notch K9 Ophthalmologist, Dr. Douglas Esson of VOC. “Shotgun” was diagnosed with a condition known as Oscular Skeletal Dysplasia, a genetic disorder that affected both his eyes and his joints. Testing at VOC determined that despite a retinal detachment in his left eye, the sight in “Shotgun’s” right eye could be restored! SCLRR posted information about his condition and many kind and generous folks donated so that he could have surgery! It has been one month since Dr. Esson performed the surgery and SCLRR could not be more grateful for everything VOC did for “Shotgun”. He now has vision in his right eye and a new lease on life and he could not be happier, chasing toys he could not see previously. We all thank you Dr. Esson for what you did, especially “Shotgun”!!!"
UPDATE: We are pleased to announce that former "Shotgun" whose name is now “Bentley” has been adopted from the Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue Group and enjoys his days on his parents boat in San Diego! He loves hanging out on the dinghy, as well as running on the beach with his new eyesight.
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New Guidelines to Follow with the Rapid Rise of COVID-19:
1. All appointments are done 'curbside' for the safety of our clients and staff members.
2. Call us from your car to check in and a VOC team member will assist you outside.
3. Our ophthalmologists will examine your pet in our treatment room, then meet you outside to discuss the diagnosis and treatment.
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