Long time Doberman advocate Kim Todd of Chipley Florida. discovered the emaciated black and tan female at a west Florida shelter. Transport was quickly arranged from the high kill facility to Doberman pincher Rescue at North Florida near Tallahassee
Upon Cara's arrival at rescue, volunteers noticed what seemed a smell of death about Cara. Veterinary attention was deemed immediately necessary. Within the hour Dr. Hale DVM discovered that Cara had two wooden sticks jammed in the upper palate of her mouth. One had been there long enough to permeate through the soft palate of the upper roof of the mouth and into the nasal cavity. The other stick was punctured into the gums over both back molars. The sticks were coated with debris and infection was evident.
Any food Cara ate was immediately expelled through her nose. Dr. Hale had suggestions about how to begin our attempts to feed Cara. Foster mom, Mary Ellen made meatballs for Cara to swallow whole. Dog food manufacturer Innova/Evo donated their canned food to include in the meatballs so Cara would have more nutrients. Mary Ellen was innovative in using Gelatin to create soft food cubes that were high in essential nutrients and easily swallowed whole by Cara.
Two vets came together to assist Cara. Dr. Hale of Cross Creek Animal Clinic in Tallahassee, Fl. and Dr. Peak of Veterinary Dental Specialists in Tampa, Fl. The two veterinary doctors coordinated the surgeries required to repair this extreme damage to Cara's upper soft palate.
Dr. Hale removed several teeth creating a graft area for the creation of the skin graft. The skin flap was later used by Dr. Peak in the subsequent surgeries to cover the gaping fistulas in Cara's mouth. Dr. Peak plans to write about the surgery at a later date.
Cara is now eating normally. Cara became extremely attached to her rescuers. Under MaryEllens excellent care, Cara gained the much needed weight to sustain her through the surgeries.
Cara still resides with second foster mom Linda near Tampa Fl. Cara is still under Dr. Peaks care and new pictures of Cara's mouth are scheduled.