Poor Xander has spent his entire life in the puppy mill industry which means he has never known what has existed outside of life inside a filthy cage 💔 Xander is 8 years old and a tiny little man at 13 pounds.
His intake vetting revealed that he has “dry eye” (low tear production) and a lot of inflammation and irritation. We’ve started him on a tear stimulant drop to help boost his tear production, an artificial tear/ eye lubricant to help supplement his tear production and for comfort, and a steroid drop to help with the inflammation and irritation. His eyes are already feeling much better 🙌🏻
Like all our other puppy mill dogs, Xander has bad ear infections and the gunk just kept on coming out (see qtips). When he is under for his neuter and dental tomorrow he will have his ears thoroughly cleaned and then packed with medications to help treat the infection.
Xander’s knees and hips are clear but like most adult Cavaliers he does have a detectable heart murmur likely due to mitral valve disease/ insufficiency. We will have a relisten of his heart before he is available for adoption to see if it has changed at all, as many do after a much needed dental and treatment of infections.
All his labwork looked great so he has been cleared for his neuter, dental, and ear treatment for tomorrow. Getting him physical healthy is the ‘easy’ part, while rehabilitation and socializing and teaching him to learn to trust humans is the challenging part. Xander is being fostered in Perryville, Missouri and we will be sure to keep you updated on his progress 💜