Category: “Special-Needs”

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.

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 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 . . .

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July Weekend! The festivities, and travel, has started in the Northeast. Where ever you are, we hope you have a wonderful long weekend ahead of you.   If you have plans with your pup, please take a moment and consider the safety points below.   Cavalier Alliance with Oblio

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.