Last week, we rescued 3 year old Roo out of the puppy mill industry via auction. On Monday, Roo had his intake vetting at Caldwell Mill Animal Clinic in Birmingham, Alabama. His physical exam revealed several issues - Roo has a “cloudy lens” in one eye which we will see our ophthalmologist for. He also has some orthopedic issues with a loose knees and arthritis. We are starting Roo on joint supplements and we are hopeful that both the needed weight loss and the opportunity for strengthening will help. He doesn’t seem to have any issues or pain with his mobility but we will be watching him closely in foster care and will take the next step with our orthopedic surgeon if he becomes painful or symptomatic. Roo’s heart is clear at this time. Despite only being 3, Roo already had significant dental disease and yesterday he underwent a much needed dental with his neuter. We are treating Roo for giardia and ear mites, both which run rampant in the disgusting, filthy puppy mill environment. Roo’s bloodwork came back normal, his heartworm test was negative, and we are awaiting results of his urinalysis.
Today, he will stop in to see our ophthalmologist for an optic consult which we will be sure to let you know the outcome of. Roo is such a precious, sweet soul. He is quite shy and timid around humans but lights up like a Christmas tree outside with other dogs! It is such a joy to see him run around in wide open spaces and enjoy his new found freedom! Go Roo, go! 💨
UPDATE March 13:
At Roo’s intake vetting it was recommended that he visit with our ophthamologist for an eye consult. So we did just that. There, it was determined that Roo was suffering with a number of congenital eye issues - follicular conjunctivitis, corneal degeneration, pigmentary keratitis, and distichia. In short, this means that Roo has a lot of inflammation and scarring, and changes to his cornea. Distichia are “extra eyelashes” along the eyelid margin that grow in towards the eye. Roo has quite a lot of these which are no doubt irritating and likely the cause of the inflammation in his conjunctiva and corneal scarring. Since Roo is only 3 and because these hairs have already done a significant amount of damage already, we have decided to move forward with removing them for both his comfort and for the longevity of his corneal health. The best therapy for removal of distichia is cryoepilation which is a freezing of the hair follicles preventing regrowth after removal.
Today, Roo will undergo this procedure and we are looking forward to giving this precious boy the level of comfort that he deserves and setting him up for the best outcomes for years down the road. Please send pawsitive thoughts 🐾 to Roo and his anxious foster mom for an easy, routine procedure and quick recovery 💜