4 yr old female Shiba Inu:
This precious girl is Missy. She has some serious health conditions that have gone untreated, and she has suffered for too long. The fact that she has made it to 4 yrs old is a miracle.
Missy has an uncommon heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot. It is a devastating birth defect that affects about 1 in 4,000 dogs, and most don’t live to see their first birthday. Tetralogy of Fallot includes 4 defects; a hole between the lower chambers of the heart, an obstruction from the heart to the lungs, the aorta lies over the hole in the chambers, and the muscle surrounding the right chamber is overly thickened. What this means is that poor little Missy has trouble breathing and can’t take more than 4 steps without getting completely out of breath and exhausted!
As if that’s not enough, Missy also has severe glaucoma and is almost completely blind. Her eye pressure is through the roof! Unfortunately, that means she is in a lot of pain. The prescribed drops will not been enough to lower the pressure to an acceptable level, so both eyes must be removed. Although she will then be totally blind, she will finally be pain free! Although her heart condition makes surgery risky, the cardiologists do not consider it an elective, given the impact on her quality of life. They recommend moving forward with additional safety precautions in place during the procedure.
Once Missy has fully recovered from double enucleation, and adjusted to life as a blind dog, we have a decision to make about surgical interventions for the Tetralogy of Fallot. Missy is a candidate for open-heart surgery, but it’s estimated at $20K, and presents substantial risks compared to other procedures. At the cardiologist’s recommendation, we are considering the other options involving open-chest surgery to increase blood flow to the lungs.
Missy has been placed in one of our most trusted and experienced foster homes. Upon meeting her foster mom, Missy lept into her lap and immediately loved on her. There was an instantaneous bond between the two that could not be denied. Missy is a smart girl; we think she knows she is now in a safe place, with people who love her, and is finally going to get the care she so desperately needs. What’s most amazing about Missy is not just how sweet and affectionate she is, but how happy she is despite all of her pain and discomfort. We are dedicated to giving her the best care possible, and are so grateful to have the opportunity to do right by her. Stay tuned for updates on her journey to better health!