MEET GOLDIE ✨ Goldie is a 4 year old (1/28/2016) breeder release who underwent her intake vetting in Birmingham, Alabama earlier this week. Goldie arrived with painful, matted eyes and so it was no surprise to us when her tear test was 0, meaning she is not producing any tears. Left untreated and neglected this has caused secondary infection, inflammation, pigmentary keratitis, and a whole lot of discomfort 💔 We have started her on antibiotic and anti inflammatory drops as well as a tear stimulant to help stimulate and boost her tear production. We are also using an artificial tear / eye lubricant around the clock to keep her eyes lubricated and comfortable. We hope that in a few weeks we will see an improvement with her tear test and at that time will start her on treatment to help dissolve the pigment over her cornea which is impairing some of her vision.
Goldie also arrived with terrible ear infections and we have packed her ears with an antibiotic, antifungal, and anti inflammatory combination. The rest of her physical exam checked out well and at 4 years old her hips, knees, and heart are clear and congenitally sound.
Thankfully all of Goldie’s labwork was negative and normal including her fecal test, urinalysis, heartworm test, tick borne illness test, and bloodwork, and so she underwent her spay surgery and dental yesterday where she lost just 3 bad teeth. She is now resting and recovering in her foster home in Trussville, Alabama 🏡
Goldie is a bigger girl at 26 pounds and is “soft” from living a life of breeding and confinement with little to no opportunity for activity and exercise. We expect she will shape up nicely now that she has plenty of freedom and fun! Goldie is an absolutely gorgeous ruby girl with a big, fluffy white bib. She is so gentle and sweet and is already enjoying gentle pets and tender love 💕
UPDATE June 15, 2020: Goldie had her vet recheck - we are happy to share that she is down 2 pounds from 26 pounds to 24 pounds, her ears are now free from infection, and her spay incision has healed wonderfully 💜
You may remember that she arrived into our care with no tear production and left untreated she had developed secondary infection, inflammation, and pigmentary keratitis. She has been on a tear stimulant and antibiotic and anti inflammatory drops for the past 3 weeks and her foster family is lubricating her eyes around the clock for her comfort. Unfortunately she is still battling a lot of inflammation and her tear test was still at 0 at her recheck. These things do take time, but like Sable, she will soon see our ophthalmologist so we can be sure we are doing all we can for her to get these eyes on the right track.
She was so very sweet at her recheck where you can see she enjoyed gentle cuddles from her compassionate medical team 💕
UPDATE August 12, 2020:
Today sweet Sable and Goldie met with our ophthalmologist to discuss their candidacy for parotid duct transposition (PDT) surgery - a procedure where essentially their salivary gland is rerouted to their eyes. The saliva then serves as the lubrication for the eyes keeping them comfortable and preventing any further damage to the eyes. We have exhausted all medication options and therapies and unfortunately their eyes are not responding, so surgery is our last option.
It was determined today that both girls are indeed candidates for the PDT surgery and we expect very good outcomes for them both! That said, Goldie is scheduled to undergo the surgery next Tuesday, and Sable the following Tuesday. While we are always nervous about surgical procedures, we are eager and anxious to get these girls the relief they deserve 💕
UPDATE August 18, 2020:
Goldie ✨ underwent parotid duct transposition surgery on both of her eyes which means her eyes, which were not producing any tears, are now being lubricated by her saliva 💦 Today, she was able to be discharged and is now back in the comforts of home resting and recovering 💕 She is on lots of medications and drops and will return back to the ophthalmologist this time next week for a post-op recheck. Sable will undergo this same procedure on Tuesday and we will be sure to keep bringing you updates on both girls 💜
UPDATE August 25, 2020:
Beautiful Goldie ✨ is 1 week post op her parotid duct transposition (PDT) eye surgery. Her eyes, which were not producing any tears, are now being lubricated by her saliva and she is healing well from the procedure 💜 She returns to her ophthalmologist tomorrow for a recheck and to begin to reduce some of her drops and medications.
UPDATE September 16, 2020:
Goldie had her 1 month post op recheck yesterday with her ophthalmologist following her successful parotid duct transposition (PDT) surgery. Her eyes, which were not producing any tears, are now well lubricated by her saliva 💦 While the saliva does a great job keeping the eyes lubricated, it is not the same as tears, and Goldie will need to remain on an eye medication for life to help prevent calcium deposits from forming on her eyes due to the composition of the saliva. Goldie is happy to receive the drops in exchange for comfortable, lubricated eyes 🙌🏻
We will soon be working with her foster family to get her listed for adoption. She will need to remain under the care of a veterinary ophthalmologist for life. Goldie is located in Birmingham, Alabama .