MEET SABLE 💜 Sable is a breeder release who will turn 5 years old on June 15th. She underwent her intake vetting in Birmingham, Alabama earlier this week. Much like Goldie, Sable arrived with very painful eyes that she kept tightly shut. It was no surprise to us that her tear test was 0, meaning she is not producing any tears. Left untreated and neglected this has caused secondary infection, inflammation, scarring, ulceration, 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.
The extreme chronic dryness has also caused a deep and painful corneal ulceration which we are treating with medication but unsure if it will be able to heal without a keratectomy procedure (removing corneal layers). In case this is needed, we are keeping her close to our ophthalmologist.
Sable 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 5 years old her hips, knees, and heart are clear and congenitally sound.
Thankfully all of Sable’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 cleaning yesterday. She is now resting and recovering in her foster home in Birmingham, Alabama 🏡
Sable is a tiny girl at 14 pounds and we think she is going to have plenty of curls now that her coat has the chance to be healthy and beautiful. Sable is THE definitely of snuggle bug 🐛 She is extremely friendly, social, and trusting and is eager to give hugs and kisses to all who will receive them. She is not shy about crawling into your lap or wrapping her paws around you 💕
UPDATE June 11, 2020: Sweet 5 year old Sable had a vet recheck. It’s been 2 weeks since she underwent her intake vetting, spay surgery, and dental. She has healed and recovered perfectly from her procedures and the bad ear infections that she arrived with are now treated and clear 🙌🏻 As you can see though, her poor eyes are still giving her problems. Sable has severe dry eye meaning she does not produce an adequate amount of tears - in fact, Sable isn’t producing ANY tears. Although it’s only been 2 weeks on the tear stimulant, we were hoping to see even the smallest sliver of improvement but her tear tests are still at 0. These things do take time but next week she will meet with our wonderful ophthalmologist to be sure we are doing everything we can for her. Her foster mom is lubricating her eyes around the clock to keep her as comfortable as possible 💜 We will be sure to keep you posted on her progress.
UPDATE July 15, 2020: Earlier this week sweet Sable checked in with our ophthalmologist for a quick tear production check. You may remember that Sable came into our care with severe dry eye (not producing any tears) and secondary corneal ulcers. We have effectively treated her ulcers, improved her corneal health, and have been working hard to try to stimulate her tear gland to produce. Unfortunately she is at the highest dosage of her stimulants and we still do not have tears. The reality may be that her tear gland may be so fibrosed or atrophied that it is not able to be stimulated. When breeders neglect medical needs for so many years, this is what we are up against 😡
It looks like we will likely be discussing a surgical option at her next recheck called a PDT (parotid duct transposition). In layman’s terms, it reroutes the salivary gland to the eye and the saliva serves as a lubricant, keeping the eye comfortable and preventing further damage to the eye. We have successfully done this procedure before and will take that step with Sable if deemed she is a good candidate. I am sure this will be what we discuss and determine at her next recheck in a couple of weeks.
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 September 1, 2020:
Sable is 1 week post op from her parotid duct transposition surgery where her dry eyes are now well lubricated by her saliva. She went in today for a recheck where she received an excellent report 💜 Here is what her foster mom has to say:
“Sable had her 1 week post-op checkup today. She got an A+ report - both eyes look GREAT! After a quick stop at Starbucks for puppuccinos☕️, we came home and she's been carrying around her favorite pizza🍕 toy all day and night! It's so wonderful to see her eyes wide open, this surgery has literally changed her life!💗”