MEET EVE 💕 At 9 years old (DOB 8/21/2011) Eve is the eldest of the 3 girls who just arrived into our care after being retired and released from a life of breeding. Although her cute little furrowed brow gives her a worried expression, this little girl is full of happiness and is all love despite the obvious pain and suffering that she has endured due to medical neglect.
Her poor ears are right on up there amongst the worst we have seen. Her infection is so severe and deep that is has caused infection into the inner ear. Even the most gentle of touch on or near her ears sends her wincing and she is often shaking her head due to the discomfort. How this obvious pain could be ignored is beyond us! In addition to infection in her ears, her mouth also reaked of infection due to severe dental disease and she has eye infections due to untreated ‘dry eye’. It was certainly no surprise that her bloodwork revealed an elevated white blood count due to all the infection.
We have started her on oral antibiotics, treatment for her ears, and eye medications to treat her infection and inflammation, a tear stimulant to help boost her tear production, and an artificial tear gel to supplement her low production and provide soothing comfort. We will be rechecking her bloodwork, ears, and tears in 2 weeks to ensure we are effectively treating her infections and to see if we’ve made any progress with her tear production. If she still isn’t producing any tears at that time, she will see our ophthalmologist.
Yesterday she underwent her much much much needed dental with many extractions and spay surgery. While under, her ears were able to be cleaned probably for the first time in her life. While most of our dogs require a bit of recovery from a major dental and spay surgery, this girl seemed to wake up feeling better than ever with those bad teeth out and her ears cleaned and treated.
The good news here is that we are already tackling all her ailments and that once effectively treated, she really should be as good as new! At age 9, her heart is still clear and she is in great orthopedic shape. Knowing that all it’s likely to take to get this girl completely healthy and feeling good is a couple weeks of medications and a good dental, it’s terribly terribly sad and unfortunate that she’s had to suffer for so so long. We are very very happy to be able to finally help her.
Eve is a petite girl at 15 pounds with a huge heart ❤️ She is craving endless amounts love and attention and is not shy about asking for it! She will eagerly crawl into your lap, shower you with kisses (which are thankfully far less stinky now!), dance at your feet 💃, and request a full body rub down 💕 Sweet Eve is being fostered in Birmingham, Alabama and we will be sure to keep you posted on her progress 💜
UPDATE December 22, 2020: Really good news for Eve coming out of her ophthalmology consult. Inflammation is down and the tears are starting to flow 💦 She arrived into rescue producing 0s on her tear test, meaning she was not producing any tears. Her tear test yesterday was at 5 in her left eye, and 10 in her right (14 is normal). While we obviously still have some work to do, it is big news that she is responding positively to the medications/drops meaning she likely will not need any surgical interventions and will just require medication management. She will return to the ophthalmologist in a couple weeks to be sure improvement and progress continues 💜
UPDATE February 16, 2021: Eve came into our care with very dry eyes scoring zeros on her tear test, meaning she wasn’t producing any tears. Since this condition had been left neglected and untreated for so long (while she was being used and abused for breeding), she had developed secondary infections, inflammation, and pigmentation keratitis. We have spent the past couple months working to improve her eyes and hoping to stimulate some tear production. Today she had her tears rechecked and we are happy to report that her right eye scored a 20, and her left eye scored a 9 (adequate tear production is 14). As you can see this is a big improvement from 0s and we are very happy with the progress 🙌🏼 Since she is responding well, we will stay the course on her tear stimulant drop, anti-inflammatory drop, and eye lubricating gel. We hope with more time we will continue to see even more improvement with the left eye’s tear production, but her foster family is administering eye lubricant gel to it throughout the day to make up for the decreased tear production.
Unfortunately her other appointment for her ears was cancelled due to the weather so we will be rescheduling that and will continue to keep you posted on her medical progress 💜
UPDATE February 20, 2021: When sweet 9 year old Eve arrived into our care in December she was suffering from many medical issues due to neglect. Among the worst of her ailments were her very, very, very painful and badly infected and inflamed ears. The infection extended deep into her middle and inner ear and as a result the eardrum had ruptured. Eve has been receiving treatment in the form of anti-inflammatories, topical ear medication, and oral antibiotics. These types of ear infections do not heal quickly and can be tricky to treat especially because many medications are not safe to use with the perforation in her eardrum.
As you can see from the photos there has been much improvement in that the inflammation is completely down, and the ears are much more comfortable for her, although we continue to have debris. So we recently ran cultures off to learn more about the bacterial aspect that was growing. We were pleased to find that the cultures showed no bacterial growth meaning that we had effectively targeted and treated the bacterial aspect of the infection. However, we knew there was still an aspect we were missing so back to the vet today (rescheduled from the snow day earlier this week) and as suspected her cytology showed yeast. Now that her eardrum has healed, we are better able to target the yeast through a different topical ear medication.
We are hopeful that we are on the homestretch here with Eve’s ears which have taken now just about 12 weeks to treat. Most ear infections will clear in a couple weeks but this is what happens when they are left neglected and untreated for years and years and years 💔 Eve is understandably very guarded with her ears as they’ve been a great source of pain for her for so long. Daily cleanings and medications have been hard for her but she continues to be a brave girl... and cheese treats makes things much better!