Sweet Spence, was rescued out of a Texas shelter after his family surrendered him, is starting to settle in nicely into his foster home. Spencde arrived with an awful skin infection which we believe is secondary to seasonal allergies and fleas. We have also started him on a limited ingredient and elimination diet in the event that food allergies are partly to blame for his skin issues. The secondary infection has now cleared and we are using monthly Cytopoint therapy injections to manage the primary allergy response. He has responded so well and his skin is looking beautiful and his coat is starting to grow out nicely.
Spence is up to date on vaccinations, neutered, had a recent dental, microchipped, and on monthly preventatives. His eyes, hips, and knees are clear and he has a mild, asymptomatic heart murmur like most Cavaliers his age.
- Age: ~6 years (DOB 6/29)
- 21 pounds (ideal weight)
- Seasonal allergies managed by monthly Cytopoint injections ($60/month), mild, asymptomatic MVD, otherwise healthy.
- Adoption Donation: $400
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Meet our precious Angels...
We pulled Archie out of a shelter in West Tennessee where he was picked up as stray and not reclaimed. He arrived in very poor shape and required IV fluids, antibiotics, and supplements upon arrival. He was flea infested which caused severe anemia. His labwork revealed an alarmingly high WBC and dehydration. Archie had ear infections, a UTI, abscessed teeth, severe dental disease, infection and desperately needed a dental. After a few weeks of geat care, his lab work was improved and he was able to have his muh needed dental work.
He has also met with our ophthalmologist and was blind from hyper mature cataracts. Unfortunately, there is no vision to restore in his right eye, but were able to restore a little bit of vision in his left eye. Archie can now see for the first time in a very long time- that million dollar smile says it all!
- Age: Approximately 7 years old
- Very limited vision, hearing impaired, arthritis
- Adoption Donations: $300
We welcomed sweet Charlie in after he was surrendered to a shelter by his Amish puppy miller. Charlie was lucky as ‘retired’ puppy mill dogs are often discarded in much more heartbreaking ways.
We don’t have a date of birth on this little sweetheart but believe he is about 7 years old. Charlie has been treated for giardia, ear infections, and dental disease. He is also now neutered, microchipped, and up to date on vaccinations. His heartworm test, urinalysis, and bloodwork were all normal and negative.
Like so many of our puppy mill dogs, Charlie has “loose” knees, which are often the product of living in small containment and not having any opportunity for any activity for strengthening or stabilizing. We often see these tighten up nicely in foster care. He has clear eyes and hips but a significant heart murmur was detected. Charlie had a full cardiac evaluation performed by a veterinary cardiologist where we learned that despite his “loud” audible murmur, his heart function and structure is great and he does not need any medications at this time.
Charlie’s psychological health is poor from living in a puppy mill all of his life. He is extremely undersocialized and traumatized. He is still very much decompressing and getting settled into his foster home.
Darling Ollie was in need of being rehomed when his family had major life changes. This handsome guy is already neutered and microchipped but at intake vetting we brought him up to date on vaccinations, ran labwork, and gave him a good once over. His bloodwork, urinalysis, fecal test, and heartworm test were all normal and negative.
His physical exam revealed corneal scarring in his right eye from what was likely an abrasion or ulceration at one time. No treatment is needed for this. On his left eyelid he had a follicular cyst which was rubbing and causing irritation on his eye. When he went under for his much needed dental resulting in 5 extractions, we snipped the cyst which should be a permanent solution and give him much relief. Some arthritis is starting to set into his knees so we have started him on a joint supplement to help support him. And lastly, like most middle aged Cavaliers, Ollie has a heart murmur due to mitral valve disease. He is asymptomatic at this time but a baseline echo is recommended so that any progression of the disease can be monitored.
In foster care we have seen some evidence of food guarding which is being managed by feeding in a crate and being diligent to not leave any food, treats, chews, bowls around. He seems to prefer being the king of the castle, versus sharing his home with other dogs, and would do best in a family with someone home much of the day. He is leash trained, outgoing, very affectionate, and likes to be active!
- Age: 7 DOB 11/20/2010)
- Heart murmur, G2 luxating patella/left, otherwise healthy!
- Adoption Donations: $400
Mick is recently rescued out of the puppy mill industry. He is a little guy at 15 pounds with a little bit of his tongue hanging out. We were concerned this was due to rotting teeth or worse but although he does have severe dental disease it appears as though his tongue is just too big for his narrow mouth. He has now undergone his neuter and a much needed dental with the handful of bad teeth extracted and this may now provide a little extra room for his tongue in his mouth.
Mickey was treated for eye infections, ear infections, and giardia. While his heart is clear at this time, he has a right luxating patella and arthritis in his knees. We takes a daily joint supplement to help support his joint health.
Poor Mick is terrified of humans and quite traumatized from his time in the puppy mill industry. He requires a lot of time, patience, gentle love, and encouragement.
- Age: 5 (DOB 5/16/2013)
- 15 #
- Grade 3 patella luxation (R knee), otherwise healthy!
- Adoption Donation: $500
Hadley and Cooper are a sweet sister and brother bonded pair, who's owner passed away. Their famly has placed their trust in us to find them a wonderful family.
Hadley (tri) is up to date on vaccinations, already spayed, microchipped, and is on monthly preventatives. She is a congenitally healthy gal with clear eyes, hips, knees, and heart. Her heartworm test was negative, her fecal test was negative, her bloodwork was normal, but her urinalysis did reveal a urinary tract infection which we are now treating her for.
Cooper her blenheim brother. Cooper is up to date on vaccinations, already neutered, microchipped, and is on monthly preventatives. He has clear eyes, hips, and knees and orthopedically is in wonderful shape for a senior! He does have a significant heart murmur due to Mitral Valve Disease which is to be expected for a Cavalier of his age. He is on Enalapril (a very affordable medication) which is an ACE inhibitor used to keep blood pressure low and reduce the resistance of blood flowing away from the heart. We would recommend that he sees a cardiologist annually to monitor any progression of the disease. His heartworm test was negative, fecal test was negative, and bloodwork and urinalysis were normal.
Hadley & Cooper have been together all of their lives. Hadley likes to play ball while Cooper will occupy your lap. They are being fostered together and will soon be available for adoption as a bonded pair.
- Cooper: Male Hadley: Female
- Age: Cooper: 11 Hadley: 6
- Cooper: 18# Hadley: 30# (needs to lose 4-5#)
- Cooper: Heart Murmur (takes daily enalapril ~$10 month), otherwise healthy! Hadley; Healthy!
- Adoption Donation (for the pair): $600
Huck was a stray who we were asked to pull, on an early medical release, from a Tennessee shelter. This little guy has many medical issues and we began diagnostic testing during his "stray hold" so we could act quickly when he was offically welcomed into our program.
His list of issues is long one and we are going to treat this in an order which makes the most sense for Huck's overall health.
He is currently being treated for "dry eyes" and a secondary eye infections as well as tapeworms.
He has had surgery to remove his spleen which had a softball sized tumors, a large bladder stone, as well been neutered which revealed tumors on his testicles. All of these have been sent off for testing and we areelated to report they are BENIGN!
Once Huck has recovered, we will address his severe dental disease, heart murmur, right hind leg/pelvic injury, spine abnormality, and
On September 20th, the Huckster was discharged from Veterinary Surgery of Birmingham! On Monday he had his spleen with a softball size tumor removed as well as a large bladder stone, and underwent a neuter where testicular tumors were found as well. Despite his laundry list of medical issues, and his age, he had a normal routine surgery and has had no post operative complications, leading to his discharge today.
BIG congratulations to precious Miss Mona and her furever family on their adoption today 💜 Mona and her new sister are sure to be fast friends - what a good looking pair 😍 Happy furever, sweetheart!
BIG congratulations to our cheeky little monkey, Piper, and his furever family on their adoption today 💜 Pipes will be calling Dallas, Texas home 🏡 Happy furever, Piper, we’re so glad we could be there for you when you needed help 💕