Charlie

Charlie

Breed: Standard long haired dachshund
Age: 6
Diagnosis: Stage B2 Surgery Date: February 26, 2018
Hometown: Chiddingstone, UK Owner: Mark Allen & Ryan Sinnott Primary Care Vet: Dr Penny Barnard-Brown, Sevenoaks Veterinary Surgery Cardiologist : Dr llaria Spalla, Royal Veterinary College Cardiology Surgical Team: RVC, Dr. Dan Brockman

In March 2017 we discovered that Charlie had a heart murmur when we went to our vets for his annual vaccination and checkup. Following heart scans shortly after we were given the distressing news that Charlie had MVD and that other than managing the disease there was nothing that could be done and we would lose him within 18 months or so. After much research I discovered that surgery may be a possibility and learned about the amazing work of Dr. Masami Uechi. I also discovered that Dr. Dan Brockman at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in the UK

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Riggs

Riggs

Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Age: 9
Diagnosis: Stage D Surgery Date: March 12, 2018
Hometown: Rogers, Arkansas Owner: Cory and Ashley Brown Primary Vet: Leeth Harper, DVM, Village Pet Hospital Cardiologist : Ryan Baumwart, DVM, DACVIM-Cardiology Surgical Team: Japan, Dr. Masami Uechi

Riggs was diagnosed at the age of 5 with the common early onset heart murmur seen in many cavaliers.  He was maintained on only Enalapril for 3 years and had echos done every 6 months.  He had slowly been having an increase in his heart size but nothing dramatic or that warranted further medication.  At the age of 8, Riggs started coughing and having increased respiratory rates. It took several attempts and different veterinarians and specialists to find the right medication combination at that time to help him.

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Stella

Stella

Breed: Corgi/Chihuahua mix
Age: 9
Diagnosis: Stage B2 Surgery Date: May 29, 2018
Hometown: NYC Owner: Marnie Briskin Cardiologist : Dr. Risa Roland, Metropolitan Veterinary Associates Surgical Team: Japan, Dr. Masami Uechi

Stella was first diagnosed in November 2016 with a heart murmur by her vet during a routine check up. It was recommended that I take her for an echo just in case.  After the echo she was diagnosed with chronic valve disease, so I took her to a cardiologist.  At that time she had no symptoms and was not in need of medication.  I was told to bring her back every 6 months for re-evaluation. Fortunately, when my cardiologist explained what the disease was and I asked if there was a surgical option, she had heard about the Dr. Uechi and said she would investigate what their protocols where and see if they would look at Stella’s records.

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Rusty

Rusty

Breed: Miniature Labradoodle
Age: 8 years old
Diagnosis: Stage D Surgery Date: March 26, 2018
Hometown: Cambridge, MA Owner: Anonymous Cardiologist : Dr. Ivan Sosa-Samper Primary Vet: Porter Square Vet, Adam Parker Surgical Team: RVC, Dr. Dan Brockman

Rusty was first diagnosed with heart murmur grade 3/6 in August of 2016 while traveling and seeing a vet for an unrelated health issue. We were told at the time that heart murmurs are common and that it was unlikely it would progress to anything more serious. In January 2018, Rusty suddenly and with no warning whatsoever started coughing repeatedly. After a quick visit to the ER, he was misdiagnosed with kennel cough and given antibiotics. Two days later with his cough getting much worse, he finally got imaged and was diagnosed with MVD Stage B2 and CHF. We were (once again) traveling at the time and were advised that he may not even survive.

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Keisha

Keisha

Breed: Chinese Crested Hairless
Age: 8 years old
Diagnosis: Stage C Surgery Date: April 19, 2018
Hometown: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Owner: Anonymous Instagram @keishakess Cardiologist: Niek Beijerink, Richard Woolley Primary Vet: Advanced VetCare Surgical Team: Dr. Masami Uechi

Keisha first presented a stage 2 murmur in April 2017. No treatment was recommended at the time. On 17th December 2017 she was given diagnosis of MVD with CHF and placed on furosemide and spironolactone. Her ultrasound showed very enlarged heart (size of a Doberman) and damaged mitral valve, ruptured chords. After several CHF episodes, surgical options were researched and Jasmine vets in Japan referred Keisha to Niek Beijerink at University of Sydney. Keisha had surgery at University of Sydney with Dr. Uechi on April 19, 2018.

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Dutch

Dutch

Breed: Mini Schnauzer mix
Age: 12 years old
Diagnosis: Stage C Surgery Date: February 1, 2018
Hometown: Tampa, FL Owner: Julieanne & Bill Schmidt Cardiologist: Dr. Simon Swift, UFL Primary Vet: Hyde Park Veterinary Clinic Surgical Team: France, Drs. Masami Uechi, Sabine & Jean Hugues Bozon

In July 2014 a level 2 murmur was detected during a routine visit at UF prior to his third dental cleaning and an echocardiogram confirmed Mitral Valve Disease.  His murmur progressed to level 5 and in September 2017 he developed an exercise intolerance. He was taken to his primary care vet and and an x-ray confirmed the worst - congestive heart failure. Dutch went on Lasix for the fluid in his lungs, enalapril and pimobendan. Dr. Swift confirmed not just the heart failure but that he had maybe 8-9 months to live and recommended MVR surgery

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ToTo

ToTo

Breed: Yorkshire Terrier
Age: 10 years old
Diagnosis: Stage C Surgery Date: January 29, 2018
Hometown: New York, NY Owner: LiLi L Cardiologist: Dr. George Kramer, ACVS Surgical Team: France, Drs. Masami Uechi, Sabine & Jean Hugues Bozon

ToTo is a 10 year old Yorkshire Terrier from New York, NY.  ToTo had a totally clean bill of health until a low grade murmur was detected in July of 2016. X-rays and echocardiogram at the time did not conclude treatment, just a follow up one year later. During pre-check for teeth cleaning three weeks ago, March 2017, blood work came back with slightly elevated enzymes in the liver; and x-ray showed a much more enlarged heart than last summer. The vet was not comfortable with putting him under until another echo was done, which concluded he had progressed to a grade 4.

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Sophie

Sophie

Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Age: 9 years old
Diagnosis: Stage B2
Hometown: Washington Crossing, PA Owner: Jeanne Navratil Instagram: @jnavratil2 Cardiologist: VSEC, Maribeth J. Bossbaly Primary Care Vet: WCAH, Dr. Jennifer Chabot Surgical Team: France, Drs. Masami Uechi, Sabine & Jean Hugues Bozon

Sophie is a 9 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel from Washington Crossing, PA.  Sophie was diagnosed with MVD in June 2012. It was only a grade 2 murmur and did not require any medication at that time. She was rechecked in March 2013 and the MVD had progressed. There was some regurgitation with minimal heart enlargement so she was put on 25 mg Enalapril 2 x per day. Slowly over the following years her heart continued to enlarge

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Maddox

Maddox

Breed: Shih-Poo
Age: 8 years old
Diagnosis: Stage B2
Hometown: Chicago, IL Owner: Joseph K. Cardiologist: Dr. Michael Luethy Veterinarian: MedVet Chicago Surgical Team: Japan, Dr. Masami Uechi

Maddox was asymptomatic with severe Mitral regurgitation and moderate Tricuspid regurgitation. Six months prior to MVD diagnosis, Maddox had no heart murmur before suddenly having grade 5/6. She was prescribed Pimobendan and remained stable until surgery at JASMINE Veterinary Cardiovascular Medical Center. Her heart showed progressive enlargement during each follow-up echocardiogram leading up to surgery which later confirmed Mitral valve prolapse and ruptured chordae tendineae.

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Zoey

Zoey

Breed: Maltese
Age: 10 years old
Diagnosis: Stage C
Hometown: Orlando, FL Owner: Janette Jordan Cardiologist : Dr. Simon Swift, UFL Surgical Team: France, Drs. Masami Uechi, Sabine & Jean Hugues Bozon

Zoey was originally diagnosed with a heart murmur at four years old and told it wasn't an issue and that the condition would be monitored.  After an episode of gasping and coughing in July 2016, Zoey was taken to the vet and misdiagnosed twice with pneumonia and a mass on her lung.  She would not have survived the surgery at the time, so Zoey's owners took her to a known ER vet who knew right away it was her heart.  She was put on Lasix, put in an oxygen chamber, and referred to a cardiologist at the University of Florida.

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Easy

Easy

Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Age: 8 years old
Diagnosis: Stage D
Hometown: Sevres, France Owner: Sophie Kamoun Cardiologist : Dr. Sabine Bozon, Clinique Veterinaire Bozon Surgical Team: France, Drs. Masami Uechi, Sabine & Jean Hugues Bozon

In March 2016, Easy was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Disease. She had an enlarged heart which stabilized with drug therapies. In August 2017, she suffered from pulmonary edema and progressed to stage D. After finding out about the surgery, Easy's parents met with Sabine Bozon urgently. She said that Easy had only a few days to live and agreed to make the surgery urgently after having treated the edema. The day before the operation, she discovered 2 blood clots and hospitalized her.

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Sachie

Sachie

Breed: Chihuahua
Age: 7 years old
Diagnosis: Stage C
Hometown: Albany, NY Owner: Marisa & Everett Teller Cardiologist : Dr. A Kent, Upstate Veterinary Specialty Surgical Team: France, Drs. Masami Uechi, Sabine & Jean Hugues Bozon

Sachie was diagnosed with a heart murmur in April 2017.  Then, in June 2017 she was confirmed to be in MVD Stage B2 with a murmur of 4/5.  Between June and her surgery on September 20, 2017, Sachie progressed to Stage C but remained stable.  Her surgery at the Bozon clinic in France was a success and Sachie seems to be doing very well. Her energy level has increased and she looks great. 

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Snoopy

Snoopy

Breed: Chihuahua/Yorkie Mix
Age: 10 years old
Diagnosis: Stage C
Hometown: London, UK Owner: Dolly-Ann Osterloh Instagram: @snoopysbigheart Surgical Team: France, Drs. Masami Uechi, Sabine & Jean Hugues Bozon

Snoopy went to the vet to be diagnosed with MVD two months prior to surgery. He was in heart failure with a 6 out of 6 heart murmur.  After a successful mitral valve repair on September 19th at the Bozon clinic in France, Snoopy is now at Stage B1 and doing very well.  Dr. Bozon said that his heart is almost perfect. His regurgitation has significantly reduced but he still suffers from a cough.

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Mong

Mong

Breed: Maltese
Age: 11 years old
Diagnosis: Stage B2/C
Hometown: Pyeongtaek, South Korea Owner: Yuri Choi Instagram: @yurikhyuri
Cardiologist : Seung-gon Lee, Seoul animal heart hospital Surgical Team: Japan, Dr. Masami Uechi


In November 2016, Mong was hospitalized with pulmonary edema and diagnosed with a chordae tendineae rupture and Mitral valve disease.  Last summer, Mong's brother passed away so his parents want to save him more than anything.  In Korea, there was no information on the valve operation but research on overseas sites revealed that the operation was available in Japan.

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Bailey

Bailey

Breed:  Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Age:  10 years old
Diagnosis:  Stage B2/C
Hometown:  Long Island, NY Owners:  Madeline Martinez Cardiologist:  Dr. Kramer, Atlantic Coast Veterinary Specialists, Bohemia, NY Primary Vet:  Dr. R. Fredericks, North Shore Animal Hospital, Northport NY Surgical Team: Dr. Masami Uechi

Bailey was diagnosed in October 2013 with Mitral Valve Disease Stage B2.  He was taken to the cardiologist after his owner detected his murmur.  On Valentine's Day 2015, Bailey went into mild CHF and in 2016, Bailey had several readings of pulmonary hypertension.  Surgery is scheduled in Japan with Dr. Uechi for July 25, 2017.

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Paco

Paco

Breed: Chihuahua/Pekingese/Pomeranian
Age: 10 years old
Diagnosis: Stage B2
Hometown: San Francisco, CA Owner: Carol Young Cardiologist: Dr. Catherine Belanger, UC Davis Primary Vet: Dr. Blythe Jurewicz, UC Davis Surgical Team: Japan, Dr. Masami Uechi

Paco was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Disease Stage B2 in October 2016.  He is currently on pimobendan and enalapril, but no diuretics.  Non-active at baseline, visits the dog park 1-2x/day, and takes short walks around the neighborhood or at the beach.  Currently, he has no outward symptoms, other than a loud murmur.  Paco is scheduled for surgery at the JASMINE clinic in Japan on July 24, 2017.  We hope that Paco continues to be symptom free while he waits patiently for his big adventure.

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Max

Max

Breed: Chihuahua/Yorkie
Age: 8 years old
Diagnosis: Stage B2/C
Hometown: Palm Beach Garden, FL Owner: Michele Boselli Cardiologist: Dr. Maggie Machen, Veterinary Cardiopulmunary Care Center Primary Vet: Dr. Michael Gillen, PGA Animal Clinic Surgical Team: France, Drs. Masami Uechi, Sabine & Jean Hugues Bozon

Max was first adopted in October 2009 from a shelter and was so tiny his new owners had to fatten him up.  It's a good thing he loves chicken!  He loves playing with his Samoyed brother Kodi and loves his morning walks.  He was first diagnosed with MVD Stage B1 in October 2015 and then Stage B2/C in January 2017.  We look forward to Max's surgery at the Bozon Clinic in France on July 5th and stable prognosis until then.

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Daisy

Daisy

Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Age: 8 years old
Diagnosis: Stage D
Hometown: New York/Florida Owner: Sharon & Roger Hawkins Cardiologist : Dr. George Kramer, Atlantic Coast Veterinary Specialists Surgical Team: France, Drs. Masami Uechi, Sabine & Jean Hugues Bozon

Daisy was diagnosed with a heart murmur level 3/6 in January 2016.  She was not placed on meds until July of that year and was started on Vetmedin (Pimo).  By June 2017 her mitral valve disease had progressed and was on Vetmedin, Enalapril, Hydrocodone, Spironolactone Digoxin & Furosemide and needing diapers.  Daisy was hospitalized in June 2017 due to vomiting & dehydration, taken off Digoxin.  Her BNP was elevated to 4500 and lost 4 lbs prior to surgery.

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Harper

Harper

Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Age: 9 years old
Diagnosis: Stage C2
Hometown: Lake Forest, CA Owners: Kim & Jerry Thornton Cardiologist: Dr. Sarah Miller, Southern CA Veterinary Specialty Hospital Surgical Team: France, Drs. Masami Uechi, Sabine & Jean Hugues Bozon

Harper lives in Lake Forest, California (Orange County), with Kim and Jerry Thornton, whom she owns body and soul, another Cavalier named Keeper and a Chihuameranian named Gemma--the one who really rules the roost. She likes to do nose work--she competes at the NW3 level--but her main focus is trying to knock on the neighbors' doors to see if they have any treats for her. She was diagnosed with a murmur when she was 5 years old but did not become symptomatic until January of this year.

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Chuck

Chuck

Breed:  Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Age:  10 years old
Diagnosis:  Stage C
Hometown:  Woburn, MA Owners:  Holly and Mike Modafferi Instagram: @Cav_King_Chuck Cardiologist: Dr. Ivan Sosa, InTown Veterinary Group Surgical Team: France, Drs. Masami Uechi, Sabine & Jean Hugues Bozon

Chuck was diagnosed when he was 6 years old with a heart murmur but did not require medication to control symptoms until the fall of 2016 when he began coughing frequently.  His X-Ray shows a very enlarged heart and is currently holding steady on medication until his surgery date of May 23, 2017.  We wish Chuck good health until his surgery date and a fast recovery!

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