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!
UPDATE April 23, 2021: Cue the confetti 🎉
Little Miss Eve came into our care with some of the worst ears we have ever seen 👀 9 years of zero care and neglect in a puppy mill led to this ↙️ The poor girl endured such pain and suffering and could not tolerate anyone touching her ears. It made treatment very hard for her, and for us 💔 But after 4 months, we finally have completely clear ears 🙌🏼 And for the first time since we’ve had her we were able to clean her ears without a single whince, cry, or grimace.
Puppy millers breed misery and we work hard to erase every bit of that, physically and psychologically. No more puppy mill ears for this girl 💜
UPDATE April 30, 2021: Precious 9 year old Eve arrived into our care with dry eye, meaning she was not producing any tears. This painful condition was left neglected and untreated in a puppy mill so she developed secondary inflammation, infection, and pigmentation. We’ve spent the past few months working to clear those secondary issues and stimulate her tear gland to start producing some tears. Albeit slow, she has shown a positive response to the tear stimulants and medicated eye drops as her tear tests have improved at each recheck. We are happy to share that at her most recent ophthalmology recheck last week, her tears were finally within normal limits 🎉
Additionally, her ears, which were among the worst we have ever seen in rescue, are also finally clear 🙌🏼 Inflammation plays a large role in tear production so it’s no coincidence that her eyes and ears have all seemed to improve at the same time. Now that we have ample tear production, we are adding in some lipids/fats to her eye drop regimen which will to help slow down her tear evaporation rate and improve the outermost layer of her eye. She is due for her next ophthalmology recheck in a few weeks where as long as everything still looks great, we will be discussing what her long term management plan looks like.
We are overjoyed for these huge improvements and to be able to bring sweet Eve this level of comfort that we know she hasn’t had in a very long time 💜 Eve is located in Birmingham, Alabama and she will need to remain under the care of a veterinary ophthalmologist for life.
📝 Dear Weekend,
Can you last a little longer?
JUNE 6 2021: The Sunday Snuggle Cam 📸 caught sweet Eve and her foster dad 💕 It’s not hard to catch Eve snuggling though, she is one of the snuggliest Cavaliers we’ve ever had! 💜
JUNE 17 2021: While we were hoping to be able to soon move forward with listing Miss Eve for adoption, yesterday’s ophthalmology recheck revealed that we have some more work to do with her eyes.
While we have successfully been able to stimulate her tear gland to produce a normal and adequate amount of tears (she arrived producing zero) 🙌🏼 and have successfully been able to break up much pigmentary keratitis on her corneas allowing for improved vision 🙌🏼🙌🏼, she continues to squint her right eye tipping us off that something still wasn’t quite right.
Yesterday we discovered some distichia - abnormal eyelashes growing into the eye, as well as an indolent/refractory corneal ulcer - which occurs when the outermost layer of the cornea unattaches from the underlying layer. These specific types of ulcers do not heal on their own or with medications and require a procedure to remove and the abnormal corneal layers, known as a debridement and keratotomy.
The ulcer and distichia together certainly were the cause of her squint and discomfort and so we went ahead yesterday with removal of the abnormal eyelashes and the debridement and keratotomy procedure. The hope is that the she will be healed in 2 weeks at her next recheck, however some of these indolent/refractory ulcers require a second debridement and keratotomy.
Brave Eve is resting, recovering, and healing up in her foster home in Birmingham, Alabama. We will be sure to update you at her next ophthalmology recheck in 2 weeks 💜