Dunwoody, Georgia

 

 

Our newest guy, 10 year old Palmer (DOB 1/3/2012), has undergone his full intake vetting. He came to us already up to date on vaccinations and neutered. He also came to us quite overweight weighing 32.6 pounds which we feel is about 7 pounds heavier than his ideal weight, so we have started him on strictly portioned weight management food. He is starting to have some typical aging changes with his joints and so the weight loss will greatly benefit him.
All of his labwork including fecal test, heartworm and tick borne illness test, urinalysis, and bloodwork were normal and negative. Which is great because we do have a couple things that need to be addressed - he is in need of a dental cleaning which he is scheduled to undergo May 16th, and he has growths on both of his upper eyelids that will need to be surgically removed. After his dental, he will make a move over to Birmingham, Alabama where he will then be seen by our ophthalmologist on May 23rd to address those.
Since both of these procedures are under anesthesia and because he has an audible heart murmur, which is to be expected for a senior Cavalier, he will receive a further cardiac work up and echocardiogram and will share the results of that with you soon 💜 In the meantime, Palmer is doing fantastic in his foster home in Atlanta, Georgia where he continues to show us his big, goofy personality!

  

Palmer 

 

  

  • Male
  • Age: 10   (DOB 1/3/2013)
  • 32.6 #  (goal 25#)
  • Stage B2 MVD controlled with daily meds, otherwise healthy!
  • Adoption Donation: $TBA

  



UPDATE MAY 13, 2022: 10 year old Palmer, like nearly all Cavaliers his age, has an audible heart murmur due to mitral valve disease (MVD) 🩺 An echocardiogram is needed to 1. Determine the “stage” of the heart disease 2. For baseline purposes so that any progression of the disease can then best be monitored and 3. To determine if and when heart medications may be warranted.
Palmer, in Atlanta, Georgia, has just received his echocardiogram and was determined to be in Stage B2. Stage B2 is for asymptomatic dogs who have some evidence of changes/ remodeling/ enlargement of the heart and would at this point benefit from medication that would help to slow down any further progression of the disease. Palmer was placed in this stage because he has left atrium enlargement due to the faulty mitral valve. The right chambers of his heart are within normal limits ♥️
Therefore, we have started Palmer on two commonly used heart medications to help slow down any further progression of his mitral valve disease and he is doing well on these medications. He has now been cleared to undergo his much needed dental which he will receive on Monday. We will also be rechecking his weight at this time as he’s been working on losing a few extra pounds to ensure his best health and best self 💜