• Female
  • Age:   (DOB 10/7/2012)
  • 17#
  • Cataract, asymptomatic murmur, otherwise healthy
  • Adoption Donations :$450


  Birmingham, Alabama

Dutchess is a Texas breeder release. She is absolutely terrified of humans. She runs and hides in corners and breaks our hearts.
She is recovering nicely from her spay and dental and is being treated for ear infections and whipworms.

Dutchess saw our ophthalmologist for a full optic exam after a hyper mature cataract in her right eye was detected at intake. We were pleased to learn that the eye is still in good shape - she has good tear production, normal pressure, and ultrasound revealed the structure of her eye is still good. This makes Dutchess a great candidate for cataract removal surgery with a very high percentage of vision restoration! She has now started her presurgical eye drops and will undergo cataract removal surgery on October 30th.

Dutchess, who arrived into rescue skittish and terrified, has settled in and settled down so nicely! She loves to be close to her humans and her foster family is continuing to work on ‘touch therapy’ with her to get her comfortable with the unfamiliar feeling of being gently petted. Her skin is flinching less and less and she seems to enjoy it. She did an awesome job tolerating so many hands on her yesterday at her appointment. Go Dutchess!

UPDATE Octoner 30, 2018:

Sweet Dutchess underwent cataract surgery today and we just got news that it was a success! Dutchess is awake and now has vision in her right eye 🙌🏻 She will be monitored by her ophthalmologist overnight and we hope to have her back in the comforts of her foster home mid day tomorrow 💜 Her best furiend and foster brother, Luke, is on standby for nurse duty.

UPDATE Novemberr 28, 2018:

Dutchess who is now 1 month post op from cataract surgery. She is doing well and thankfully her pressures have remained nice and low and stable 🙌🏻 A fibrin clot did start to form on her right eye though, causing some cloudiness over her cornea so today she underwent a small procedure to help dissolve that clot. She will head back in on Tuesday to recheck this. We are so thankful for the quality and compassionate care of our specialists 💜

UPDATE: January 11, 2019

Dutchess’s ophthalmologist felt something suspicious on her mammary gland at one of her eye appointments. Today, she went in to our vet to investigate it more. We decided to do a fine needle aspiration biopsy to see if we can learn more about it before surgically removing it. We feel like we got some good samples to send off and should have those results are back. Fortunately,  it is just hyperplasia with no surgery needed 🤞🏻 .