A vet in Hitchin has given a new lease of life to a diabetic border terrier by restoring her sight.

Bella, the 11-year-old pooch, was suffering from advanced cataracts that had left her with virtually no sight at all.

But thanks to a surgical procedure conducted by Davies Veterinary Practice in Hitchin, she is now able to see again.

The advanced stage and severity of Bella's cataracts made the surgery complicated, but its success has hugely improved the beloved pet's quality of life.

Lin Daysh, Bella's grateful owner, said: "I knew cataracts were likely to form after her diabetes diagnosis three years ago. Over time they became visible, becoming larger, it seemed, week by week, resembling white saucers in her eyes.

"I didn’t want her to go blind, so I contacted my local practice Chess Vets, who referred Bella to Davies as they were best placed to look after her.

“Since the cataract surgery, I no longer have to worry about Bella going blind. She sets off walking with confidence and energy. She’s happy, which makes me happy.”

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As part of her ongoing care for her diabetes, Bella eats a homecooked diet designed by a qualified veterinary nutritionist.

Ioannis Tzouganakis, ophthalmologist at Davies, said: "Bella’s cataracts had advanced to a chronic state, making the surgery more complicated, which meant we were unable to implant artificial lenses. Nonetheless, we were able to successfully remove the cataracts and restore Bella’s vision.

"Bella recovered well from her surgery and her quality of life has greatly improved with her recovered vision.

"I also understand Bella always enjoys coming to Davies for her rechecks and starts barking in the car with excitement when she realises that she is coming to the vets, which is always nice to hear!"

Ceri Davies, clinical director at Chess Vets in Rickmansworth, where the initial diagnosis took place, said: "It is great to see that Bella has made a good recovery. It was a real team effort by both Chess and Davies and by pulling together our resources, we’ve seen a successful outcome."