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Toots is an English Bulldog from Reno who simply loves life - and what a life it has already been!

Toots was born with a series of eye problems that were painful and could potentially affect her vision. So, at just a few months of age, she was referred to the University of California Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (UCD VMTH) where surgery to correct her congenital eye problems was recommended.  However, it was also discovered that Toots had some other serious problems involving the heart and lungs that made general anesthesia a lot more challenging. Worse still, Toots had a passion for eating and she had a fridge magnet in her stomach, and she had a hernia! 

Toots' eye problems required surgery to cure them and yet, like many bulldogs, she had a history of difficulties under anesthesia and her heart and lung problems made this even worse.   She was just the sort of patient for UCDavis' Hospital with its devoted team of ophthalmologists working in collaboration with experts in imaging (radiology), anesthesia, endoscopy, surgery, and critical care.

Photo: toots the dog

All the necessary specialists from all the appropriate services worked together to get Toots as healthy as possible prior to surgery, they then placed her under general anesthesia, removed the foreign bodies from her stomach and performed corrective surgery for her eyes and hernia, before transferring her to the intensive care unit for careful postoperative monitoring. Toots recovered wonderfully and continues to live a happy and healthy life in Reno visiting the Ophthalmology Service for regular care of her eye conditions.

For most pet owners, that would have been enough, but for Toots' owner, Leslie, this was just the beginning of their relationship with The UCD Ophthalmology Service. Leslie was so grateful for the care she had received that they started 'The Toots Foundation' to support the activities and programs of the Ophthalmology Service.

The Toots Foundation supports a wide range of current and future priorities in Ophthalmology including financial assistance for clients who cannot afford their animals' ophthalmic care, advanced training in ophthalmology, new equipment, textbooks, research projects, clinical trials, and renovation of facilities.

One of Leslie's main goals was to provide a foundation upon which other donors could build. She hoped that her donation would encourage others to make contributions.

As Leslie said 'every little bit helps'.