Meet Hannah! Hannah is another one of the 4 Cavaliers that we took in from the Charlotte, North Carolina hoarding situation. On October 5th Hannah underwent her intake vetting. October 12th, she will undergo her ophthalmology consultation.
Hannah is suffering from hair loss, thickened calloused skin, and secondary infection due to the poor living environment she was in including being infested with fleas. We are treating her skin as well as her ears which are some of the worst ears we have seen 💔 She is suffering with severe and painful infection that has extended deep into the inner ear - it’s like the poor girl has sewerage pouring out of her ear. If she doesn’t feel poorly enough, she also has a bad urinary tract infection that we are treating her for.
Her eyes are also a mess and we won’t know what all we are dealing with until she meets with our ophthalmologist tomorrow. She didn’t produce any tears on her tear test and has a whole lot of pigmentary keratitis and secondary infection and inflammation. Her left eye is “shrunken” and we don’t know if it is salvageable. She doesn’t have any vision out of either eye at this time. Of course we hope we can change that for her.
We don’t know how old Hannah is and it is hard to “age” because of the severe neglect but we will ask our ophthalmologist to take a stab at aging her tomorrow.
Hannah is the sweetest girl who loves to just curl up in your lap 💕 She is very friendly, loving, and affectionate and enjoying all the love and attention she is getting. Hannah is being fostered in Birmingham, Alabama.
Because Hannah’s severe dental disease was contributing to issues and inflammation of her right eye, our ophthalmologist recommended that we go ahead and take care of her dental needs now so we can properly and effectively treat her eyes. So earlier this week she underwent her dental with extractions and is resting and recovering well in her foster home in Birmingham, Alabama. She will return to the ophthalmologist this upcoming Monday for a recheck where we hope to see some improvement and reduced inflammation of her right eye. If so, she will become a candidate for cataract surgery and vision should be recovered in that eye 🤞🏻In the meantime, her ear infections, skin infections, and urinary tract infections have all been effectively treated and cleared so she is well underway to feeling like a new gal 💕 We will continue to keep you posted on her progress 💜
UPDATE OCTOBER 26, 2020: Really good news for Hannah this afternoon at her ophthalmology recheck! Between the removal of her diseased teeth last week, effectively treating her severe ear infections, and her responding well to anti-inflammatory medication, the inflammation in her eyes is way down and she is now able to undergo cataract / lens removal surgery! Her right eye shows a lot of hope for much vision to be restored once the cataract is removed 🙌🏼 Unfortunately her left eye is “dead” and shrunken so we will be removing it at the time of her cataract surgery. Her surgery is scheduled for next Tuesday and we are very excited for her 💜
UPDATE November 4, 2020: Sweet Hannah was able to be discharged today after undergoing eye surgery yesterday. Her left eye was removed, and her right eye cataract / lens was removed. There was an unforeseen complication with her lens removal as the lens was found to be stuck to everything inside the eye (very rare), and all the adhesions required very tedious and meticulous dissection. She is showing good perception of light, but no vision yet. We will be working hard over the next couple weeks to decrease the inflammation and clear her cornea so that hopefully the vision comes. She is now back in her foster home resting and recovering and will go back for a recheck this time next week to ensure everything is healing properly 💜
UPDATE November 18, 2020: A busy afternoon at the ophthalmologist in Birmingham, Alabama! It was a reunion of sorts for the Charlotte dogs, minus Watson whose appointment is next week. Hannah (left), Luke (middle), and Blossom (right) all had great rechecks 💜
Hannah is 2 weeks out from her left eye removal and right eye cataract removal surgery. She was able to get her sutures out and is healing nicely. Her right eye shows great light perception and we believe is starting to see some motion. Because she had some unforeseen complications with her cataract removal surgery, her healing and corneal clearing will take longer and her vision may improve over weeks to months.
All the babies are being champs with their eye medications 🏆 and thriving in their foster homes. They no longer resemble the disheveled, poor, neglected dogs that we picked up just 6 weeks ago and are now bright eyed and beautiful ✨, and most importantly feeling healthy and fantastic! 💜everything is healing properly 💜
UPDATE December 28, 2020: Hannah had another good recheck! Her vision continues to improve and we can even see her retina now. We are tapering drops even more as she continues to heal well. She will have another recheck in about a month, Her overall health is good. She has reached a good weight, her fur is growing and beautiful, and her overall vibe is a happy one!