Category: “Cavalier Health”

Aurora’s Friday the 13th Update

Aurora Dental "Well here I am and Friday the 13th was a lucky day for me! The day started out pretty lousy because I got up thismorning and GOT NO BREAKFAST - NOTHING.Things started to look up when my harness came out and I knew I was going for a car ride. We went to my special doctor and everyone made a big fuss over me. I don't remember much after that but when I woke up they told me I had 17 teeth to leave for the Tooth Fairy tonight. The Landlord says I'm going to break the Tooth Fairy's bank, but my foster mother says Doggie Tooth Fairies leave treats, not money - am I lucky or what?! I'm going back to my doctor in 2 weeks to have a check up on my mouth. This is my picture from just a few minutes ago. You can't tell that my mouth is a little emptier can you?" (Written by Aurora with a bit of help from her foster mom!)

Honey Sees Her Buddies

Honey Sees Her Buddies We are so excited to share this update with you!  HONEY CAN SEE! Honey, the sweet blenheim with severe cataracts, came to the Cavalier Alliance several weeks ago. She struggled with pneumonia, severe dental disease, and was basically frozen in place due to her blindness.   Her cataracts were almost 1/2" thick. In this early photo you can see the cataracts on her eyes: Honey Photo with Cataracts     And just look at the post-surgical difference: 12391046_1024543734273283_7579295978514419403_n   And the best part of all?  After two days of hospitalization, she returns to her foster home and sees her four-legged buddies for the very first time.  Her tail hasn't stopped wagging! Click on the line below to see the short video: Honey Sees Her Buddies Many many thanks to Deb Glottman, Honey's foster mom,  the amazing team at Vermont Veterinary Eye Care including surgeon Sarah Stone Hoy and techs Angi and Ashlie, and all all of our wonderful supporters and donors who made sight possible for this deserving Cavalier.

Welcome Lucy & Zoey

These two sweet pups came to the Cavalier Alliance as a transfer from another group for specialist care.  Their initial vet did a great job of getting them stabilized and we will continue that care.  Lucy has ulcers on her right eye that need reviewed by a specialist and Zoey will need help with a back leg that keeps slipping out of place. lucy 2015Zoey 2015

Duncan Recovers from Cushing’s Disease

Duncan Recovers from Cushing’s Disease We thought you all might enjoying seeing the before & after this boy's transformation while in foster care. The top picture was taken when he first came into foster care and the outdoor ones were taken last week. His skin infection (a typical complication of untreated Cushing's disease) has resolved and his fur is growing back. Many thanks to his foster mom for his care and all of you who donated and supported our fundraisers so we could provide the veterinary care and surgeries he needed.   11053315_953749928019331_6252197104004879206_n  
Duncan's fur is starting to grow back in!

Duncan's fur is starting to grow back in!

 
Duncan's recovery continues.  Look at that fur!

Duncan's recovery continues. Look at that fur!

Canine Quality of Life Assessment

One of the tough realities of opening our hearts to a Cavalier (or any other dog) is that their life span does not match our own. While their life span may range 12-14 years (or longer), we all know that 25 years would not be enough! As our pups age, or deal with serious illnesses, managing their quality of life becomes key. Since our work in the Cavalier Alliance is focused on senior and special-needs Cavaliers, we created a spreadsheet to track our dogs' health while in the program and shared that data with our veterinary care providers. We also shared the prototype with several families to see if they found the tracking helpful.  We incorporated changes and now want to share it with you as a resource. Of course, an assessment like this does not make recommendations as to quality of life decisions - it simply provides a tracking and a discussion point as to your dog's health and activity levels.  We recommend completing this assessment on an annual basis while they are healthy and more frequently (weekly or monthly) if in the midst of a more serious illness.  You can download the pdf below: Cavalier Alliance Quality of Life Assessment Chart We hope you find it a useful tool in the on-going care of your Cavalier. If you find this chart and the other resources on our site useful, please consider making a donation to benefit the Cavaliers in our program.  

Duncan’s Recovery Continues

Duncan’s Recovery Continues Duncan, our long-term foster boy who has been struggling with Cushing's disease, is finally on the mend. His recovery is progressing well and our vets tell us that most pups with this disease take 3 - 6 months to stabilize. Since joining our program, this sweet Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has had four ACTH tests to ascertain his cortisol levels and had his medicines adjusted to stabilize him. Due to the generosity of our donors, he has also had a much-needed dental, with extractions, to allow his gum disease to heal.  His tail was also amputated - only part-way - a complication of his untreated Cushing's disease. Now his skin is healing, his fur is growing back and he loves to wander the garden. Take a look at his latest home movie!   Duncan is ready for adoption and a more detailed overview is posted on our Rescue page. At this time, he is taking a daily dose of Trilosane to manage his Cushing's disease and will be on it for the rest of his life. If you would like to contribute to Duncan's on-going care, please consider sending a donation to our paypal account (cavalierhelp@cavalieralliance.org) or consider sending a check to our address at: 64 Cedarwood Road, Boxborough, MA  01719.    

Cushing’s Disease in Cavaliers

Cushing's disease, otherwise known as Hyperadrenocorticism, is a condition that results when the body produces too much cortisol. Our foster boy, Dudley-Duncan has Cushing's disease and just started treatment. Fortunately, he's responding well to treatment! You can read more about the disease, in the link below:

Cushing's Disease in Canines

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Canine Diabetes Overview

For those of you who have asked about Bailey and how diabetes in dogs is managed, here's a quick overview.  http://www.petdiabetesmonth.com/dog_what_is.asp Bailey Canal Walk

Q2 Cavalier Alliance Care Grant Applications Now Open

The Cavalier Alliance is pleased to announce that our Q2 Cavalier Alliance Care Grant application period is now open.  Our goal is to provide limited financial assistance grants to Cavalier King Charles Spaniel pet owners who are in need of help paying for veterinary care for their adopted and / or rescued Cavalier. The typical grant ranges from $25-200 per quarter based on (1) medical urgency, (2) financial need, (3) available funding, and (4) eligibility. For more information, please download the application below.  Completed applications can be submitted via email to cavalierhelp@cavalieralliance.org or mailed to our corporate office at 64 Cedarwood Road, Boxborough, MA  01719. Cavalier Alliance Care Grant Application Q2 2015

Heimlich Maneuver for Dogs

Along with CPR, the Heimlich Maneuver is an easy to learn procedure that might just save your Cavalier's life one day.   Useful skill to know!   Heimlich Maneuver for Dogs Graphic credit to Animal Wellness Magazine.