Charlie6, August, 2001
This young chocolate male suffers from allergies. No longer able to cope, his owners contacted SCLRR (Southern California Labrador Retriever Association). While not taking Charlie into their foster system, they placed his story on their web page.
A young family fell in love with this big sweetheart and, even knowing of allergies and the long-term treatment needed, decided to take Charlie into their home. What they didn't know about and weren't prepared for was the condition of Charlie's eyes.
Charlie suffered from Entropion, a painful condition that causes the eyelashes to turn inward, rubbing against the eye. Surgery is necessary to correct the problem.
The young family was able to fit the expensive, ongoing allergy treatments into their budget, but did not have the extra for the necessary.
Because Charlie was a recent adoptee and the new family was contributing to the procedure, Charlie was eligible for LABMED funds. After shopping around for a veterinarian experienced with the surgery that offered a reasonable price and a rescue discount, Charlie's surgery was scheduled.
Surgery was a success and Charlie now has one less thing that causes discomfort in his life. He can now go about the business of being a family dog.
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