A bulldog with so much excess skin he could not see or breathe properly has been given a new lease of life – after getting a massive FACELIFT.
Poor Frank had a long list of medical problems when his worried owners, who adopted him as an adult, brought him to charity vets Blue Cross.
The four-year-old pooch is a victim of irresponsible breeding which left him with painful ulcers on his eyeballs, skin and a partially blocked airway which meant he was fighting to breathe – because his head was too wrinkly.
Vets at the Merton Animal Hospital assessed his situation and decided that the four-year-old bulldog would need surgery to fix his illness.
Emmeline Macedo, Deputy Nurse Manager at the Blue Cross animal hospital in Merton, south west London, said: “He is a lovely, bright and intelligent dog and we were eager to help him as much as we could.
“Firstly, our team gave him antibiotics and steroids for his skin and medication to treat his eyes.
“He then underwent surgery to open up his airways under general anaesthetic.”
He also had the giant skin fold on his face removed to help him see properly.
Emmeline said: “The vet removed this fold surgically. This would also make it easier to treat his eyes and he would be able to see where he was going.”
The pooch is now on the mend, but he may need to have additional surgery on his airway in the future.
Emmeline added: “Frank recovered very well from both surgeries and continues to receive treatment for his eyes, skin and ears.
“He will most likely need this for the rest of his life, but his quality of life has certainly improved and he can breathe much more easily.