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Dog gets face lift to help sight

Sesame's vision was blocked by wrinkles.

By Vetstreet Apr 24, 2013 2:58PM

Sesame, a 2-year-old Shar-Pei mix at the San Antonio Humane Society in Texas, had so many wrinkles on his adorable face that he couldn’t see, and the wrinkles covering his ears were leading to infections.

Photo: Sesame, a 2-year-old Shar-Pei, has a new home after two surgeries on his wrinkles. / San Antonio Humane Society / FacebookAfter surgeries in February and March, Sesame is recovering well. Although his vision was damaged, he is more playful than ever.

“He can basically see what we are assuming is shadows … but he can definitely see now,” said the shelter’s director of communications, Seamus Nelson. “He’s just so happy to be outside. Imagine not being able to see for your whole life and then suddenly being able to.”

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And Sesame’s story now has an even happier ending: He was adopted on Friday by a woman who’s an experienced Shar-Pei owner.

— Read it at ABC News

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Photo: Sesame, a 2-year-old Shar-Pei, has a new home after two surgeries on his wrinkles. / San Antonio Humane Society / Facebook

Apr 30, 2013 6:45PM
We had a shar pei who had to have an "eye lift" years ago.  It's just part and parcel of taking care of that particular breed.   If you don't want that kind of dog, don't get one.  IT's just that simple.   All you haters just take a deep breath. 
Apr 24, 2013 7:58PM

I'm SO glad he found a home & is now healthy and able to see. Kudos to his caregivers & new Mom! Please, people....ADOPT from shelters and rescue groups. Do not buy from breeders, as they don't care about the animals.  Puppy and kitten mills should be outlawed. The neglect is horrendous.

Apr 24, 2013 7:36PM

Funny people are yelling at breeders when they are simply supplying the demand for these dogs.  Don't buy and they won't breed.

Apr 24, 2013 6:34PM
to bad we cannot breed the STUPID out of humans
Apr 24, 2013 5:41PM
I know that Shar Peis have skin problems, but never heard about the vision problem. Amazing that this was available and he can see now. The best thing is he has been adopted- how great is that! Hurray for Sesame- great name! Hope that he will be happy and healthy for the rest of his life! Kudos to all that helped him!
Apr 24, 2013 5:25PM

This is the sad consequence of having dogs as pets in a capitalist market. While most of us who own dogs get them partly for their looks but mainly for their personality, breeders know what looks get them the most money. When they can capitalize on "pure" breeds that are wrinkly, fuzzy or some other characteristic they will continue to inbreed that type of dog so that they can keep making money.


If we were proper caregivers of a lower species and restricting their breeding and existence, then we would breed them to be the healthiest and happiest, not the most appealing to buyers.

Apr 24, 2013 5:25PM
Agreed,dogs should not need facelifts to see,but was this dog bred by a knowlegeble,dedicated breeder,who breeds to a" breed standard",or a " backyard","clueless","Joe Public" breeder who decided to throw 2 shar-peis together?My guess,is the latter.After 30 yrs. involved in breeding,showing,dogs,as a small dedicated ,knowlegable,hobby breeder,i can honestly say,a huge majority of breeders,try very hard to avoid as many health issues as possible,through education,research.The problem lies with lack of knowledge,education,on "Joe Publics" part,before venturing into this venue.Best advice,stay out of breeding dogs,unless you are going to become committed,,and knowlegable.As for the "Squatty Rears",on a "German Shepherd",they are a herding breed,and to gait,and guard sheep,their "Breed Standard",does call for a certain amount of angulation in the front,and rear,where they can gait effortlessly,to tend sheep,without tiring.The 'Squatty Rear" ,myth,has absolutely,nothing to do with incidence of hip dysplasia,or degenerative myleoapthy.incidences of hip problems,have appeared just as much or more in level backed Gsd's.Proud breeder,and exhibitor,of quality German Shepherds,for over 30 yrs.
Apr 24, 2013 4:58PM
Would be nice if breeding animals to magnify defects (a Persian or a Pug with such a short nose they end up with breathing troubles - and this is a super example) were outlawed. It's animal cruelty - a lot of people pay a lot of money for pure bred animals, and still abandon them - new owners may not be able to afford upkeep of these poor, overly-bred animals.
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