Ta-Da 💫 And just like that, Watson can see!
Give us 1 day, and see what we can do! 🙌🏼
We have more work to do...
Meet Watson! Watson is 1 of the 4 Cavaliers that we took in from the Charlotte, North Carolina hoarding situation. Earlier this week Watson underwent his intake vetting and ophthalmology consult and he is already well on his way to a major transformation 💫
We don’t know how old Watson is and it is hard to “age” because of the severe neglect but at this time our best guess is around 10 years old. We understand he was flea infested and as a result has major hair loss, thickened skin, and is suffering from secondary skin infection. We are also treating him for bad ear infections.
Sadly, his eyes are a mess - he is suffering with dry eye, hypermature cataracts, luxating lens, and glaucoma. His left eye is too far gone and cannot be helped, so it will need to be removed. We are working on improving his right eye though and waiting to see how it responds to medication. While he didn’t have any vision when he arrived, since we have been able to effectively lower his pressure and manage his glaucoma in his right eye thus far, a small amount of vision has returned! He has an ophthalmologist recheck on the 19th where we will proceed with scheduling his left eye removal and decide at that time if anything surgically needs to be done with the right eye.
Lastly, a significant heart murmur was detected and so he will visit with our veterinary cardiologist for a full cardiac evaluation and echocardiogram so we can learn more about the structure and function of his heart, if he needs heart medications, and what precautions need to be taken ahead of his eye surgery. He also needs a dental and after learning more about his heart health we will need to prioritize his “under anesthesia” needs and see if we are able to tackle it all.
Despite all of Watson’s issues, he is in wonderful spirits and is such a happy, spirited boy! He has just enough vision right now to be able to make last minute adjustments when he is navigating and he seems to be enjoying exploring around. He is also loving the big bed and even puts himself up there for naps 💤 And he is soaking up every bit of love and affection that he is getting 💕 Watson is being fostered in Birmingham, Alabama.
UPDATE JANUARY 12, 2021: #TransformationTuesday goes to this little 🍑 Watson’s bum definitely got a glow up ✨ Check out the BIG difference between October when he arrived and January 🙌🏼 Shake those tail feathers Watson 💜
UPDATE FEBRUARY 2, 2021:
When Watson arrived into our care he had glaucoma that had been left untreated and neglected 💔 Glaucoma is both very painful and blinding and Watson was experiencing both. Sadly, one eye was not treatable and had to be removed, while there was hope for the other eye that some vision could be restored once the hypermature cataract was removed and the glaucoma well managed.
Watson underwent cataract surgery at the end of October and was started on medications to help keep his intraocular pressure low. Vision was indeed restored and we were able to keep his glaucoma well managed with medication for the past couple months. However, recently his foster mom, who is experienced with glaucoma, started to become concerned that his intraocular pressure was starting to increase despite the medications. It would take double the dose and more frequency of the medication to see the cornea clear and his ability to navigate was declining. Watson went in for a pressure check and it was indeed high. Unfortunately the medication was no longer an effective management therapy for him.
Glaucoma is not caused because of overproduced room of fluid, but because in inadequate drainage of the fluid. So the next day he underwent a laser procedure where essentionally little holes/channels were created in the eye so that the fluid would have somewhere to go instead of building up and creating the high pressure. Unfortunately Watson experienced some post operative inflammation that led to some really bad and blinding pressure spikes. It took medication around the clock to decrease the inflammation and the pressure and we feared that we permanently lost his restored vision. Still, our ophthalmologist remained hopeful that once the inflammation resolved, and the effects of the laser procedure could kick in, that not only would vision be restore but that the glaucoma would be better managed.
It has been 2 weeks since his laser procedure and I am happy to report that his vision did indeed come back 🙌🏼 and that we are now able to extend some of his glaucoma medication and lower his dose. He is still needing to be medicated every 4 hours throughout the night but is able to stretch it about every 6 hours throughout the day making it much more manageable. Today, he returns to the ophthalmologist for a recheck to check his pressures at the “6th hour”. If it is still low then we will slowly and careful try to keep extending the frequency of his medication.
Glaucoma is a constant balancing act and there is no treatment, just management. We hope that this laser procedure with the daily medication will remain an effective management therapy for him for awhile. We feel it is very important to give Watson every fighting chance to save his eye and his vision when we have first hand seen the increased quality of life and confidence he has because of it.
With every dog we learn so much and the experience and knowledge gained ultimately ends up being beneficial for another dog - in this case you remember another big, handsome tri-color boy named Archie who had a very similar glaucoma situation as Watson. As heartbreaking as Archie’s glaucoma journey was to us (resulted in the removal of both eyes), we are able to better help Watson because of our experiences. While we hope for a better outcome here with Watson, we know no matter, whether 1 eye or no eye, vision or blind, it weighs no bearing on Watson moving forward with an wonderful life where he will be so loved, cared for, and cherished 💕 We will be sure to keep you posted on his health journey