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Sullivan is a handsome, 10 week old, Fawn, male Dane puppy with natural ears. He is a typical puppy who likes to explore. He has absolutely no manners at all, so his foster family will be working on potty training, crate training, and basic obedience. Sullivan is good with dogs, cats, and kids, and just wants to play! He is a very special boy and was the victim of poor breeding. Consequently, he has a horrible eye defect with several problems that will require constant care and more than likely several surgeries to fix.
February 18, 2007
This sweet little puppy came to us from a breeder in Kansas. He was one of two different puppies in the same litter who were born with the same eye problems. We are happy to report that the breeder has agreed to get their mama spayed immediately so that no other puppies like this will suffer!
He had no name when he arrived into rescue and was given the name Sullivan a.k.a. Sully after the big lovable monster in the movie Monsters Inc.
As you can see in the photos, his right eye has a big bulging red obtrusion. We have been told that there are numerous problems including entropion and his eye is too small for his socket. Sully will be seeing a specialist as soon as he arrives to Colorado this week to determine the best course of action!
February 22, 2007
Sullivan went to see Dr. Hammond
and Dr. Graham at The Eye Clinic in Wheat Ridge today. All of the doctors
and technicians gathered to take a look because no one had ever seen anything
February 28, 2007
Sully and I spent 3.5 hours up
at CSU yesterday for further diagnostics...
Tarsorrhaphy procedure to suture his eye shut
The dreaded e-collar
March 8, 2007
Sullivan underwent both a fluoroscopy
and surgery today at CSU. There was a team of specialists gathered for the
diagnostic test standing by to help with surgery depending on what they found.
March 12, 2007
I am sad to say that Sullivan's
first surgery was not successful. They noticed some increased swelling the
day after the procedure and did another ultrasound and concluded that they
simply were unable to get the coil close enough to the vessel because it was
too big. This means that there is still enough flow getting through there
to continue to push the eye out of position and swell. If we don't occlude
the vessel, this condition will ultimately destroy his eye.
March 18, 2007
Sully weighed in at 44 lbs the other day and is growing like a weed!
He went in for his second surgery on Friday. Dr Bright thought they would be done with surgery by around 1:30, but unfortunately there were some complications during the procedure and it took much longer than anticipated.
They originally went in through his artery and tried to remove the original plug. Their goal was to then put the microcoils even closer to the artery through the same opening, but after 2 hours of trying to remove the original coil, they had to stop and move on to plan B.
Next, they entered through the lesion, since they had no other choice, but they were very nervous due to the unknown blood flow. Thankfully, the lesion did not actively bleed and they were able to fill it with coils. Using flouroscopy, they put in about 13 or 14 total. It looks like there is a very good chance it will clot and it appears as though the lesion is no longer filling with blood, so they are "cautiously optimistic".
There was also an emergency during surgery where Sully's Oxygen saturation significantly decreased. The anesthesiologist re-positioned Sully and they quickly shot x-rays of his lungs. Unfortunately, one of his lungs was in the process of collapsing during the procedure. They still don't know exactly what went wrong, but it is possible that Sully inhaled gastric fluid and aspirated. Luckily, they were able to act quickly and stabilize him.
Sully is now on two antibiotics and pain meds as a precaution. They kept him overnight to monitor his oxygenation and respiratory rate and, although he had a restless night, by morning he was eating, drinking, and defecating normally. Dr. Bright even went in the next day on her day off to check on him before he was sent home!
At this point, it is just a waiting game. His eye looks worse than before and is very swollen, but this was to be expected at this point. It could be anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks before we will know if his body will reabsorb the blood filled artery. Please keep Sullivan in your prayers!
Sully went to his forever home with Kari & Ethan in Denver. He has a Husky brother named Kenai who will show him the ropes. He also has to cats to play with named Leo & Sushi. His new mom is a volunteer and Animal Behaviorist who volunteers her time for the rescue, so he is in wonderful, experienced hands! Kari is also home quite a bit, so she will have plenty of time to work with him and spoil him with all the love and attention a guy could dream of! They have decided to rename him Jasper.
His new family will continue to care for him throughout the remainder of his recovery and we will work together to make sure that Sully receives whatever future care is needed.
April 4, 2007
Note from Jasper(formerly Sully)'s new mom:
I just wanted to give you an update on Jasper. First of all, he is growing like a weed!! He wakes up bigger each morning and sometimes I think he grows during each nap. He is up to 54 pounds already and he isn't even 4 months old. His eye is doing okay. He developed a major infection this past week and I brought him to the vet when I saw nasty green stuff coming out of it. My vet actually had to put him under general anesthesia to clean it out, so he went back under on Friday. She got a good look at what's going on and talked with Dr. Mangan during the surgery. She wanted to sew his lid shut again so we wouldn't have to apply lubricant every two hours, but Dr. Mangan was worried that it would put too much pressure on his eye. He goes in for his re-check with my vet on Friday so if it's smaller, she will sew it shut again. Fingers crossed! She also said his eye looks beautiful, which is great news. She taped his ear back because he was flapping it so much that it was hitting his eye and irritating it. He is absolutely not thrilled about that at all, but the good news is that his eye is starting to decrease in size.
He is getting along great with the cats- Sushi, our oldest cat runs the show and lets Jasper know who's boss. Jasper tried to play with him by doing his lying play-bow, but Sushi makes it VERY clear that he won't be doing any such thing. Kenai and Jasper have been separated for the most part, due to Jasper's eye, but they have kissed and played through the screen doors and baby gates. Once his eye is healed, I will let them play and run around together.
Jasper's favorite things to do are sleep in the cat bed (see attached photo), pounce on his leopard tennis ball, and chase the soccer ball around. He also loves Sams Yams and peanut butter Kongs, and barking when he's mad that he has to be in his crate. He is extremely strong-willed and stubborn but soooooo sweet and loves to be petted. He is sleeping through the night at least 8 hours. This morning I had to wake HIM up to go outside! He will begin obedience class on April 15th- luckily, I know a good trainer and he needs to work on coming when called. We go for at least two walks a day(short ones) and I call him 'mall walker' because he walks to the left. I'm thinking he does that because of his eye, but regardless we will be working on leash walking, too.
Thanks so much for letting us adopt him.
June 23, 2007
Good news! Jasper had the remainder
of the red mass removed from his eye on Monday! The mass re-absorbed back
into his body and decreased to about the size of a peanut M&M. So, after
consulting with Dr. Mangan from CSU and our vet, Dr. Steele, we decided to
have it removed. It was a relatively simple procedure and he recovered very
quickly this week. Today was our follow-up recheck and I was nervous! But
Dr. Steele was ecstatic about his progress and cleared him for all activity.
She said that he is completely fine and is even able to go in to the baby
pools at daycare. WAHOOOO!!! So, the day we have been waiting for is here.
Jasper’s birth defect is now gone and he will be a normal dog (well,
semi-normal as he is not the brightest bulb, haha). At 6 months and 3 weeks
is 100 pounds and eating every flip-flop in sight.
September 9, 2007
Jasper recently underwent his
last surgery to correct the stretched out right eyelid and entropian in both
eyes 3 weeks ago. After a major setback after surgery, his eyes finally look
normal and we don’t have to worry about his eyelid catching dust and
dirt anymore…. which translates into no more eye drops 6 times a day!
On Friday, his ophthalmologist told us that he doesn’t need to be seen
for his orbital vorax or any eye issues from here on out- we are in the clear!
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