An elderly dog receives an extreme, life-saving makeover!
An adult male orange tabby found himself in our care at the San Jose Animal Care Center with a large wound on the left side of his face. Whatever happened to him to cause such an injury also caused damage to his left eye, making it painful and obstructing his vision.
The shelter’s veterinary team took loving care of the cat providing him with pain medications and antibiotics to make him more comfortable. Unfortunately, he became short-tempered so to speak, and he started losing his tolerance for his treatments.
Though his wound had healed, his eye was still damaged and treating it was not an option. He was no longer an adoption candidate due to his behavior. Instead of euthanizing him, the shelter’s veterinary team treated him as a SNR cat (Shelter-Neuter-Return). In addition to neutering, vaccinating, microchipping and ear tipping the cat, the veterinary team also removed his left eye and snuck pain medications in his food to help keep him comfortable while he healed.
Ultimately, he healed beautifully and was released back into the community where he was originally found. Clearly he either had a home or he already had someone taking care of him as, aside from the injury, he was in good health and body condition.