Posted 2 months ago
Shar Pei Lila was rescued by the RSPCA (Image: RSPCA)
An abandoned Shar Pei who required surgery for eye and ear issues has recently starred in a national TV programme.
Seven-year-old Lila from Essex’s story was featured on this week’s episode of Dog Rescuers, a Channel 5 series that follows RSPCA officers as they save dogs from cruelty and neglect.
The Shar Pei had been left behind when her owner moved away and was being looked after by neighbours when RSPCA Inspector Jess Dayes rescued her.
Although shy at first, Lila eventually let Jess transport her to Danaher Animal Home, in Wethersfield, Braintree.
Vets at Danaher immediately realised the poor pup was suffering from an eye condition called entropion – where the eyelid turns inward, causing fur and eyelashes to rub against the eye – as well as inflamed ears.
Sweet Shar Pei Lila is the recent star of Channel 5's Dog Rescuers (Image: RSPCA)
This eye condition is common in Shar Pei dogs due to their characteristic excessive skin folds.
Left untreated, it can cause severe pain, inflammation, infections, ulcers or even the loss of an eye.
Although Lila had previously had an operation as a puppy to remove the excess skin around her eyes, it was clearly not sufficient.
Thankfully, RSPCA vet Robert Lees was able to perform corrective surgery.
Lila had surgery to remove the excess skin from around her eyes (Image: RSPCA)
Robert said: “We’ve managed to take this lid that’s folding over and take that excess skin away so she should be a lot more comfortable now.
“The trouble with these dogs is there is so much loose skin it can be difficult to judge quite how much to take away, which is probably what happened in her first operation.”
The sweet girl recovered in RSPCA care and has since been rehomed with a new loving family.
Rescuer Jess said: “She’s a really loving dog. I’ve got a soft spot for Lila!”
The full story aired on Tuesday, 27 July, at 7pm and is available to catch up on My5.
Shar Pei Lila has found a new loving home (Image: RSPCA)