Category: “Cavalier Health”

Kirby’s New Family

Kirby’s New Family kirby adoption photo 2017 Please join us in congratulating this lucky boy on his forever family!  It's so heartwarming to have folks step up to care for and love cavaliers who need long-term medicines and specialized veterinary care.  This sweet pup now has a 4-pawed brother and an active family of his very own. We have to say thanks again to all who contributed to his surgery fund and shared his story.  We could not have done it without each and every one of you. <3    

Kirby’s Pre-op Consult

Kirby’s Pre-op Consult Kirby Pre-op Consult Kirby's at his pre-op consult this morning and enjoying all the snuggles! Look how much he's grown!  Surgery slated for tomorrow, August 30th.

Congratulations to Daisy!

Congratulations to Daisy! Congratulations to our sweet Daisy on her adoption! We are so thankful for folks who open their hearts to senior pups. This former mill momma has really come out of her shell in foster care and is so ready for the love and attention from her forever family. Please join us in wishing them many happy years together.  

Kirby Needs Your Help!

Kirby Needs Your Help!
Kirby needs your help!
Kirby Fundraising 2017
Kirby is a 5-month old puppy who has Severe Pulmonic Stenosis. As a result of this congenital condition, his pulmonary valve is narrowed and restricting blood flow in his heart. Kirby currently has a grade 5 heart murmur and extremely high pressures in his heart. Since his case is severe, Kirby needs a balloon valvuloplasty to allow him a chance at a normal life. The estimated cost for his surgery is $3200-$4500, and he will need at least two follow-up cardiac workups (consult, echocardiogram, and CBC at $750 each).
We are working to get Kirby scheduled into surgery, as the sooner this procedure is done, the less damage there is to his heart. If you can help us by contributing to his surgical fund, please visit http://CavalierAlliance.org/donate or send via paypal (friends and family option) to CavalierHelp@CavalierAlliance.org. If you would like to get more involved in fundraising for Kirby, or any of the pups in our program, pleasegive our office a call at 978-254-1005. There are many ways to help including Paint Nights, other local fundraisers, auction donations, iGive for shopping, to name a few. Auction details will be posted on Facebook.com/CavalierAllianceFundraising. No contribution is too small and we greatly appreciate all of your support!  

Hello Rocky!

Hello Rocky! Rocky is resting up and looking forward to spending time with his forever family! This sweet mill survivor has had a dental, lost 5 teeth, has been neutered, and learned the basics of being a much-loved pet. 😉 He does have an asymptomatic grade 4-5 heart murmur that will need monitored in the years ahead. Rocky is experiencing all the firsts: first bath, first walk on grass, first car ride, first nap on the couch and learning quickly. He's so grateful for attention and we believe he will transition well from foster care to forever home. * Rocky has been matched to a potential family so we are just accepting back-up applications at this time.

Donations Needed for Imaging

Donations Needed for Imaging   Holly Sideways Sit   ** Donations Needed **  As most of you know, we accepted four puppies into our program back in February.  Holly is part of that litter.  She  is a sweet, young, puppy, just under 5 months of age.  Since coming into our program, Holly has been treated for a severe skin infection, (probable) sarcoptic mange, and vomiting.  She is currently being treated for a recurrent urinary tract infection. Holly often seems unstable on her feet, so much so that we were concerned about a patella or hip issue.  Sometimes she has difficulty coming up a stair or two and at other times she has difficulty moving through the dog door.  Much to our surprise, her veterinary exam noted no orthopedic issues.  The vet did notice that she drags her back toes when she walks and stated her movement issues were neuromuscular in nature. We are raising money to MRI Holly and her littermates to ascertain the cause and determine a therapeutic approach, if there is one, for any neurologic challenges.  In discussing this with the neurologist, they recommended we start with the pup most effected in movement  (Holly) and the one with the most pronounced air scratching (Millie or Tilly). We want to be able to understand as much as possible about the pup's health so prospective families will know what to expect in the years ahead. Neurological workups in the greater Boston area average $2800-3200 for an individual dog.  The estimate we received includes both the MRI and a CSF evaluation, as recommended by the neurologist. If you are able to contribute to our MRI fund, to help any one of these puppies, it would be greatly appreciated.  No amount is too small and you can follow the link at:  CavalierAlliance.org/donate  or send a check to our mailing address:  P.O. Box 17, Bedford, MA  01730

Poppy’s Cardiology Recheck

Poppy’s Cardiology Recheck Poppy Outside Easter   Poppy’s cardiology recheck this week was great! There were no signs of heart failure and though her heart is still a bit enlarged (typical at this point), the team is hopeful it will continue to resolve (remodel). We will know more in another 8 -10 weeks. Best news of all? She's cleared for normal puppy activities and play. 

Dismissal

We've had several requests for us to post verification the lawsuit brought against us by a local breeder has ended.  It's important to note that this was not a settlement – the breeder’s lawsuit was dismissed and a judgment entered against her.
We hope that this is the end of this and that we can all get back to spending our time on caring for these beautiful cavaliers, who need and deserve our love and attention.
 Dismissal
 

Poppy’s Heart

Poppy continues to do well in her recovery. We are hopeful that her next echo will show evidence that her heart is healing (remodeling).
 
And, for those interested in some of the technical info, here are two photos taken during surgery. The first is pre-ligation. The blue tags are retracting the vagosympathetic trunk, the black silk sutures are around the ductus but not tied. The second is after ligation.
 
It's so amazing what the surgeons can do on such tiny little pups! <3IMG_0621 IMG_0625

Poppy Needs Your Help

Poppy 8 weeks Poppy is a darling, 8 week old, under 3 lb, puppy with a heart defect known as PDA, that can be fixed with surgery. Without surgery, her life expectancy will be very short, but assuming she makes it through surgery, she has an excellent prognosis for a normal life. She is scheduled for surgery at Cornell University in the coming weeks and we are asking for your help so that we can fund this life-saving surgery for her! No gift is too small and we will all be appreciative for whatever assistance you can provide.
Poppy was born with a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). Normally the ductus arteriosus, an important blood vessel, shunts blood from the heart and bypasses the lungs when puppies are in the uterus before birth - they don’t need to breath, so there’s no need for blood to go to the lungs. At birth, this blood vessel normally closes, so that oxygenated blood reaches the lungs and then is circulated to the rest of the body, providing oxygen rich blood to important tissues. If the ductus doesn’t close properly, the heart has to work extra hard to pump oxygenated blood to these important tissues. Eventually, the heart muscle becomes thickened from working so hard and, in time, the heart muscle weakens and heart failure and death results. Poppy already, at only 8 weeks of age, has evidence that her heart muscle is thickened. With prompt surgery, her heart can repair itself before the damage is permanent, but there isn’t much time. If you would like to donate to Poppy's surgery and care, please visit our donate page http://www.cavalieralliance.org/donate/ or send via PayPal (friends and family option) to CavalierHelp@CavalierAlliance.org . . .