Welcome to the Mighty Hearts Project MVD Community.  This community was originally founded by owners of dogs who have benefited from mitral valve repair surgery performed by Dr. Masami Uechi.

Feel free to ask questions pertaining to the mitral valve repair surgery, discuss your stories and experiences, share articles and/or research on advanced treatments for mitral valve disease, and participate in conversations.  Please be respectful to all members and their opinions.  Members who are unable to follow this rule will be removed from the group.  Rules of engagement are as follows:

Remember, we are a publicly open visible group so think before you post.

  1. Posting To The Community

    Our main focus here is helping families navigate the mitral valve repair surgical process. Please keep posts related to surgery in order for us to better help those preparing easily find the information they need. We strongly support and encourage nutritional guidance as well so that our animals can be at there absolute best before and after this intervention. Non-related post/comments may be deleted. Please don’t post why it was removed or challenge our decisions.

  2. Medical Advice & Medication

    The exchange of information does not replace veterinary exams and/or care. If you are in doubt, please get it checked out. We aren’t veterinarians and can’t give medical advice. Meds are not to be distributed here, only by your vet.

  3. Fundraising

    While we have every sympathy for dogs needing homes, lost dogs, fundraising for care, causes, etc, this is not the group to be posting in. Many here are also in the same situation and we must be respectful of that..

  4. Graphic Content

    Content such as photos, videos or descriptions of deceased dogs or dogs in acute respiratory distress, will NOT be allowed on the page. Graphic content can sometimes trigger PTSD in some people. (Yes it’s been attempted)

  5. No Promotions, Self Promotions or Spam

    Self-promotion and spam are not allowed in this group, this includes unsolicited private messaging members. No affiliate links are permitted at any time. Please private message the Admins if you’d like us to review and see if your request is valid.

  6. Multiple Posts Covering The Same Topics

    Multiple posts on the same topics will be deleted to prevent spamming of the Facebook feed. This is to be considerate to members looking for more information about the Mitral Valve Repair surgery, See rule #10

  7. Be Kind & Courteous

    We're all in this together to create a welcoming environment. Let's treat everyone with respect. Healthy debates are natural, but kindness is required. *** NO Blocking of Admins or Moderators *** If you block them you will be removed from the page

  8. No Hate Speech Or Bullying

    Make sure everyone feels safe. Bullying of any kind isn't allowed, and degrading comments about things like race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender or identity will never be tolerated.

  9. Public Complaints About Specific Individuals Or Doctors

    Complaints about specific individuals and/or the doctors who care for our dogs will NOT be tolerated. (We are not Yelp.) We reserve the right to approve or delete any post we choose. Bashing of any kind will be strictly dealt with, repeated attempts will result in a ban from our page.

  10. Read The Pinned Post & Use The Search Option

    Please read the pinned post/announcements BEFORE posting on our group. Use the search function before posting as your question may already have been answered on previous posts.

Group Administrators are:

  • Nate Estes

  • Shanna Maureen Timms Maximov

  • Julianne Van Allen

  • Lisa Choate Falchetti

If you have any questions about the group, contact an Administrator directly via private message.

Thank you for taking the time to read our rules of engagement.  

Please visit our Mighty Hearts Project website to learn more about the mitral valve repair surgery and to find up to date logistical information.


-- The Mighty Hearts Project Community Administrator Team