ASPCA's definition of animal cruelty:• Unnatural thinning of the dog, in which the bones may be exposed
Jewels Charmed I'm Sure 'Emily' was born on May 14, 2013 at Julie Nelson's home (owner and breeder of Jewels Cockers) where she lived in a 3 foot by 3 foot cage with Cali for 5 1/2 years.
Her sire (father) was Hartlines JJB's True Cooler and her dam (mother) is Jewels Pardon Me Boys (Sugar Baby).
Julie told me that she didn't want to keep Emily because she couldn't breed her due to the cataracts.
I was horrified when I first saw Emily:
· Only 15 lbs
· Sunken sides
· Bones showing under the skin
· Blind -Squinting
· Not able to keep her head up
Before Emily received treatment from the ophthalmologist her eyes were completely clouded over
Julie told me in Sept 2018 that when Emily was first diagnosed with cataracts she applied eye drops. She said that Emily got better so she stopped.
Squinting is a sign that there is a problem with the eyes; in Emily's case she was squinting because the left eye had an ulcer and the right eye had developed glaucoma. The VSH ophthalmologist told me that as a result of not treating Emily's cataracts she developed glaucoma. Cataracts and glaucoma are common in Cocker Spaniels.
4 different eye drops administered 3 times a day resulted in Emily being able to open her eyes. She was no longer in pain from the glaucoma and eye ulcer.
When Julie Nelson gave me Emily on 9-17-18 she told me that Emily had not been eating for about 3 weeks. She told me that she didn't take Emily to the vet for a check up.
On 9-19-18 I took Emily to my vet for blood work.
Three days after getting Emily's blood work back (showing anemia) we went to VCA for tests. The results were bad: a large kidney tumor pressing against a major artery under her stomach which had metastasized to her lungs. Inoperable.
The vet at VCA prescribed medication for Emily to increase her appetite, reduce her risk of blood clots, and increase her ability for her blood to congeal (in case of internal bleeding);
Emily started eating and playing and being happy!
Julie told me in Sept 2018 that she did not continue taking Emily to the vet to treat the cataracts after the first time. I believe if she had it may have prevented the pain and pressure that Emily felt as the cataract turned into glaucoma.
I also believe if she had taken Emily to a vet when she first noticed that Emily wasn't eating, the tumor may have been treatable.
Julie also told me in Sept 2018 that Emily lived in a kennel with another Cocker Spaniel that could see (Cali).
Some cataracts are hereditary for more information check out Purina Pro Club's article on this subject.
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Jewels Cockers -Julie Nelson reported to animal control