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Charity gives St Bernard a face-lift

Wednesday, 12th October 2011

A St Bernard called Boyce who couldn't see his dog food because of excessive skin folds on his face that covered his eyes has been given a new lease of life.

The dog, who is cared for by the Dogs Trust Canterbury, had folds of skin covering his eyes, leaving him blind with sore eyes because of the constant rubbing of skin on his eyeballs.

Paula Boyden, veterinary director of the charity, said: "The operation took place by removing a section of skin on the top of his head, so his skin could be 'lifted' and stitched back together.

"Resorting to a facelift demonstrates the severity of the poor dog's condition and we’re delighted that Boyce will now be able to lead a happy and healthy life."

Boyce will now have another operation to improve his eyesight further and reduce pain and discomfort. Once he has recovered he will be available for rehoming.

The St Bernard is one of a handful of dogs in Britain who has had a facelift. The condition he suffered from is often seen in Shar Peis.