Roo was brought to the Humane Society of Tacoma and Pierce County as a stray. Somehow, she had managed to survive on her own, weighing only 4.63 pounds. Not only is Roo underweight, she has wounds on her face, is unable to open her mouth fully and has notable cloudiness in both eyes. Due to the extent of her medical needs, Roo required immediate transfer to a rescue who could provide her specialized care. Luckily, Forgotten Dogs stepped in to save her life.
Roo was immediately taken to see a neurologist and surgeon at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle. Roo underwent a CT scan to diagnose the mechanical issues present in her jaw, in addition to severe corneal ulcers.
The CT scan determined that Roo’s skull is malformed, which causes her mouth to remain somewhat open at all times. Further, her structure has caused issues with her eyes. They are not receiving the proper neurological messaging for appropriate tear production. Unfortunately, this caused her right eye to rupture, leaving scarring, discomfort and permanent vision loss. She requires the removal of her right eye. If left untreated, her right eye will become exceedingly more painful. Roo will also require long term medication in her left eye, to prevent the same outcome.
Despite her struggles, Roo is extremely resilient. She is steadily gaining weight and is happy as ever. With the proper care and management, she can live a long and happy life.