Our newest intake, Parker, recently underwent his full intake vetting. He came to us after good samaritans rescued him out of a very bad situation about a month ago and got him the urgent medical attention he needed. Once stable, they released him into our program so we could continue his care.
We were told he is about 10 years old but we will have our ophthalmologist weigh in on his age. When he was rescued a month ago he was flea infested and suffering with severe flea anemia, but we are happy to report that his recent labwork shows this has now resolved 🙌🏼 In fact, all his labwork looks great - including his negative heartworm and tick borne illness test, negative fecal test, and normal blood work and urinalysis.
Parker was a malnourished and skinny 16 pounds when he was rescued a month ago and is now up to 18.8 pounds. We feel his ideal weight should be about 21 pounds. His skin and coat are in poor shape due to the severe flea infestation, but now flea free and getting good groceries and care, both will greatly improve.
We are currently treating him for ear infections and he will undergo a cardiac evaluation and echocardiogram on Friday since a significant heart murmur has been detected. We are hopeful that his cardiac appointment will clear him for a much needed neuter and dental.
Lastly, he has bilateral hypermature cataracts which are greatly affecting his vision. Once we get him through the rest of his medical needs he will meet with our ophthalmologist in Birmingham, Alabama to see if he is a candidate for cataract removal surgery and vision restoration 👁
We will be sure to continue to bring you Parker updates as we work through his medical needs and continue to get to know him 💜 Parker is currently in Atlanta, Georgia.
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 8, 2021: Today, handsome Mr. Parker had his ophthalmology consultation with our wonderful ophthalmologist here in Birmingham, Alabama. As you can see, 10 year old Parker has hypermature cataracts which have greatly diminished his vision.
He is indeed a great candidate for bilateral cataract removal and lens implantation surgery but first we need to get his left cornea healthy. He has a refractory ulcer which occurs when the outermost layer of the cornea detaches from the underlying layer. These specific types of ulcers do not heal on their own or with medications and require a procedure to remove the abnormal corneal layers, known as a burr debridement and grid keratotomy.
Today, brave Parker underwent that procedure and his cornea should be healed up by his recheck in 2 weeks. At that time we can get him started on the “pre op” anti-inflammatory drop regimen to prepare his eyes for the cataract surgery which is scheduled for October 5th 🗓
When asked what his projected vision restoration outcome will be from the cataract removal surgery, his ophthalmologist said, “excellent!” And that’s exactly that we like to hear 👏🏼 This will be a life changing surgery for sweet Parker 💜