After three months of dedicated care, her health was still in decline
Some time later, Olivia’s eyesight had deteriorated significantly. She was bumping into things in her foster home, which was a huge worry for us. Another look at her eyes revealed she had developed cataracts. Our veterinary team called upon the help of an eye specialist who confirmed our diagnosis. At the same time, her ear infection flared up again and was causing her a lot of pain.
Olivia then started to go blind in both of her eyes and one of her eyes became red and sore. Her ears were also showing no signs of improvement, despite trying out several different treatments. It was another concern to add to her growing list of health issues. With every ear treatment option exhausted, the only thing left for us to do for Olivia was to remove her ear canals, leaving her deaf. Sadly, there was nothing that could be done for her eyes either.
As Vanessa, Veterinary Services Director, remembers we took a moment to meet to discuss how Olivia was doing and what the next best step was for her:
“The decision whether to go ahead with further operations raised a question about her future welfare and quality of life. After a discussion between the veterinary team and myself, we decided that it was in Olivia’s best interests to be put to sleep. This is never a decision that’s taken lightly, and it took three months of dedicated care before reaching this point on her journey with us.”