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Dog with Cerebellar Hypoplasia

Holly was born on 24 October 2020. She was the only yellow Labrador in her litter and was the last to be born. She weighed significantly less than her littermates, at just 1kg. A few weeks after birth, her breeder noticed that she wasn’t developing like her littermates. At one month, she could not stand or walk and would fall mainly on her left side. She was managing to correct her position and wag her tail. Abnormalities in her vision were also detected especially in her left eye. At this stage her prognosis was undetermined and she was monitored to see how well she would continue to develop.

Holly’s life would have been as a working dog, but due to her difficulties, her breeders knew that life wasn’t for her so they sought assistance from the Labrador UK Action Group (LUKAG), to see whether the charity would be able to find Holly a home. It was agreed that LUKAG would take Holly into their care to assess her.

At eight weeks old Holly was assessed by a vet, where it was confirmed that Holly was blind in her left eye and that the vet was quite sure that Holly had a neurological condition called Cerebellar Hypoplasia that affected her ability to coordinate, walk and balance.

On the 28th December 2020, we adopted Holly and brought her home. You can find out more about her everyday life by going to her Facebook Page.

Holly’s Blog

About Cerebellar Hypoplasia

About Cerebellar Hypoplasia

Holly loves her walkies, but what Holly loves more is meeting other dogs and people. When walking Holly we meet with some great people, some have seen Holly from the early days of her taking little walks and love seeing her progress – Holly has been applauded as she...

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Holly loves Dog Shows

Holly loves Dog Shows

Holly absolutely loves dog shows and this year we have attended quite a few. Holly is such a friendly dog she has equal affection for both dogs and hoomans. She loves her cuddles and fuss from hoomans and is more likely to want to get close and lick a doggie than...

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It’s been a While

It’s been a While

Apologies for not writing a blog post for sometime.. I didn’t realise how long it had been. So, what can I say about Holly, to sum up, the last few months……. well, she is a complete joy to have around! She is nearly 9 months old now, with the teenage mayhem to go with...

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Holly’s Left Eye – Part 2

Holly’s Left Eye – Part 2

In February 2022, Holly was seen by the Ophthalmologist again for a checkup. There was no change in the left eye, although we discussed that Holly’s retina could be partially or fully detached. However, Holly’s right eye had now developed a Cataract. It was small and...

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Holly’s Seasons

Holly’s Seasons

Holly was seven and a half months old when she had her first season in June 2021. She was ok with it but was more sleepy than usual. She then had her second season only four months later on 19th October 2021, 5 days before her first birthday. We contacted our vets at...

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Holly sees her Chiropractor

Holly sees her Chiropractor

Holly visited Claire Lawrence last night. It’s been seven weeks since Holly’s last appointment, so Claire was amazed to see how well Holly had progressed, and Holly was extremely excited to see Claire. It was evident that Holly was standing a lot more and was...

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Holly Meets Her Trainer

Holly Meets Her Trainer

Holly was very excited on 1st April 2021, after a few days of meeting new people, we introduced her to Caroline Bennett who runs Look Forward Dog Training and Behaviour. Caroline got in touch in February and offered Holly a free session, we arranged for a one-to-one...

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Holly’s Emergency Eye Appointment

Holly’s Emergency Eye Appointment

When Holly got back from her Ophthalmologist appointment on 11 March, she seemed in discomfort, she was rubbing her eyes and the left eye didn’t open very well. We thought it was due to Holly just having an ultrasound on the eye and decided to observe her and ring the...

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Holly’s Left Eye – Part 1

Holly’s Left Eye – Part 1

When we adopted Holly, we were aware that Holly had virtually/completely no vision in her left eye. Holly was first examined by Debenham Vets when she was in the care of LUKAG, they determined that Holly’s left eyeball was abnormally small (micro ophthalmic), the left...

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Holly’s Special Buys

Holly’s Special Buys

Holly is enjoying life and all her new experiences. New experiences for any puppy are really important, but for Holly, there are special things she needs to get used to whilst she is young to help her in the future. Over the last few weeks, we have been supporting...

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