Dylan is a 19 year old donkey who came into our care in 2001 and took up residence at our Sanctuary in Manchester in 2004 where he helped children with additional needs for many years, until the grooms noticed that he had a problem with one of his eyes. After being seen by the local vet and receiving regular check-ups, including an assessment by a specialist at the Liverpool Vet School, Dylan was diagnosed with severe Uveitis, an inflammation of the middle layer of the eye.
His treatment has included introducing a catheter to deliver liquid medication to his eye. This has kept Dylan comfortable, but unfortunately it became evident that this treatment was not having the desired effect of improving his symptoms. So after much deliberation our expert vet team made the difficult decision to remove his eye. While this might seem an extreme measure, our vets are determined that Dylan’s life is pain-free, comfortable and happy and this procedure has worked very well in other cases (read about Fred).
As Dylan is comfortable on the medication, he is travelling down to Devon this week for the operation to be carried out early next week once he has had time to settle in. It also gives our vet team the chance to keep a close eye on Dylan’s other eye which has had issues in the past.
Eventually, Dylan will enjoy his retirement in the rolling hills of Devon at our specially-equipped shelter for donkeys that our blind or partially-sited meeting new friends and enjoying the Devon sunshine.