A dog owner has described feeling a ‘deep depression’ after her beloved pet developed a serious eye condition which has left vets at a loss as to how to treat it.

Charley Harris says her 11-month-old puppy has an unexplained condition and has declined at an alarming rate over the past six weeks.

The family first got Bonnie when she was eight weeks old in December 2020 as an early Christmas gift after their previous dog, a 17-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier died from old age.

Speaking to Team Dogs , Charley said: “Before Bonnie became ill, she was a little lively soul, forever playing with her toys.

“She would always push her toys into your hand to make you play with her, she was a massive food lover.”

The 11 month old Staffordshire Bull Terrier has developed the painful condition (Image: Charley Harris)
The 11 month old Staffordshire Bull Terrier has developed the painful condition (Image: Charley Harris)

Five weeks ago the family noticed that Bonnie’s eye was swollen and looked infected, with no obvious cause for the sudden change.

Charley said: “We explained to the vets her eye condition, we took her down to the Vets4Pets Ashton Under Lyne inside Pets At Home, and they said it was conjunctivitis.

"We got antibiotics but nothing was working so we got her back at the vets the week after and then they said it was an abscess and we got antibiotics yet again.

“Two weeks later nothing had changed.

“We then had to get her sedated to see if there was something behind her eye, nothing could be seen by the vets.”

The condition kept worsening, and was causing Bonnie apparent pain, which was evident in her change from a carefree puppy to a nervous animal.

Bonnie now needs a CT scan to further investigate the cause of the problem (Image: Charley Harris)
Bonnie now needs a CT scan to further investigate the cause of the problem (Image: Charley Harris)

Charley added: “Ever since she fell ill she is eating very little, her personality has changed, she now always wants to be left alone in the dark.

“She is scared of being around people due to her eye and the pain she is in as her face is all swollen.”

She took Bonnie back to the vets again but still couldn't get any answers.

“We are still no closer to knowing what has caused my Bonnie’s eye to go like this.

“The vets have said she is going to need a CT scan, after she is able to have a CT scan hopefully we will have answers on what has caused her eye to go like it has.

“All of our spends have gone on to Bonnie’s treatment the past six weeks to try and make her better, but we are no closer to a solution.”

Bonnie in happier times (Image: Charley Harris)
Bonnie in happier times (Image: Charley Harris)

A fundraising page has been set up to help cover the costs, which you can donate to here and has currently raised nearly £2,000 of its £3,000 target, and has been flooded with messages of support from well-wishers.

Tracy Munnelly commented: “The dog needs treatment, and I would hope if my dogs were ever in need someone would help them.”

Hannah Thomas said: “I want this baby to live a full and happy life as she deserves!”

A third contributor added: “I really hope you get the treatment and help you need to make your pup better.”