Zoey

Zoey

Breed: Maltese
Age: 10 years old
Diagnosis: Stage C
Hometown: Orlando, FL

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.  During the misdiagnosis, Zoey had gone into CHF and ruptured cords.  She was given anywhere from 2 months to 2 years to live.  Dr. Simon Swift, the Medical Director and Clinical Cardiologist at UF reviewed all of Zoey’s records and suggested that Zoey was a good candidate for mitral valve repair surgery and she was referred to Dr. Sabine in France.

Zoey is currently stable and on four medications in the morning and three at night. She gets acupuncture treatments twice a month and is on multiple supplements.. Zoey is still under the supervision of Dr. Swift and she is scheduled for surgery in France on September 22, 2017.

Cardiologist : Dr. Simon Swift, University of Florida
Owner: Jeanette Jordan

 

Easy

Easy

Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Age: 8 years old
Diagnosis: Stage D
Hometown: Sevres, France

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. Then the surgery on September 20th went well but Easy had 2 more clots one week after leaving the clinic that she evacuated with drugs.   Currently, Easy is recovering at home and doing very well!

Cardiologist : Dr. Sabine Bozon, Clinique Veterinaire Bozon
Owner: Sophie Kamoun

Sachie

Sachie

Breed: Chihuahua
Age: 7 years old
Diagnosis: Stage C
Hometown: Albany, NY

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. 

Cardiologist :  Dr. A Kent, Upstate Veterinary Specialty
Owner: Marisa & Everett Teller

Snoopy

Snoopy

Breed: Chihuahua/Yorkie Mix
Age: 10 years old
Diagnosis: Stage C
Hometown: London, UK

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.

Owner: Dolly-Ann Osterloh
Instagram: @snoopysbigheart
Website: www.snoopysbigheart.com

Mong

Mong

Breed: Maltese
Age: 11 years old
Diagnosis: Stage B2/C
Hometown: Pyeongtaek, South Korea

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. Mong's owners immediately began the Japan quarantine process and during the waiting period, his heart condition has gotten worse causing arrhythmia and syncope.  Mong is scheduled for surgery at JASMINE in Japan on August 7, 2017.  We wish Mong a stable condition until his surgery.

Cardiologist : Seung-gon Lee, Seoul animal heart hospital
Owner: Yuri Choi
Instagram: @yurikhyuri

Bailey

Bailey

Breed:  Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Age:  10 years old
Diagnosis:  Stage B2/C
Hometown:  Long Island, NY

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.  Bailey will be 11 years old at the time of his procedure.  He gets regular acupuncture laser treatments and is on multiple supplements, including herbal therapy.

Primary Vet:  Dr. R. Fredericks, North Shore Animal Hospital, Northport NY
Cardiologist:  Dr. Kramer, Atlantic Coast Veterinary Specialists, Bohemia, NY
Owners:  Madeline Martinez

Paco

Paco

Breed: Chihuahua/Pekingese/Pomeranian
Age: 10 years old
Diagnosis: Stage B2
Hometown: San Francisco, CA

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.

Veterinarian: Dr. Blythe Jurewicz, UC Davis
Cardiologist: Dr. Catherine Belanger, UC Davis
Owner: Carol Y

Max

Max

Breed: Chihuahua/Yorkie
Age: 8 years old
Diagnosis: Stage B2/C
Hometown: Palm Beach Garden, FL

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.

Vet: Dr. Michael Gillen, PGA Animal Clinic
Cardiologist: Dr. Maggie Machen, Veterinary Cardiopulmunary Care Center
Owner: Michele Boselli

Daisy

Daisy

Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Age: 8 years old
Diagnosis: Stage D
Hometown: New York/Florida

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.  Daisy was fit in as an emergency patient at Clinic Veterinaire Bozon on July 5, 2017.  She is a fighter and wonderful success story.  Currently, her murmur is reduced to a 3/6, is stable back in Stage B, and remains only on sildenaphil to help with the pressure that remains on her heart.  No more diapers for Daisy!

Cardiologist : Dr. George Kramer, Atlantic Coast Veterinary Specialists
Owner: Sharon & Roger Hawkins

Harper

Harper

Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Age: 9 years old
Diagnosis: Stage C2
Hometown: Lake Forest, CA

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. She's scheduled for surgery on May 26 at the Bozon Clinic, after a few days in Paris first with mom and dad.

Cardiologist: Dr. Sarah Miller, Southern CA Veterinary Specialty Hospital
Owners: Kim & Jerry Thornton

Chuck

Chuck

Breed:  Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Age:  10 years old
Diagnosis:  Stage C
Hometown:  Woburn, MA

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!

Cardiologist:  Dr. Ivan Sosa, InTown Veterinary Group
Instagram: @Cav_King_Chuck
Owners:  Holly and Mike Modafferi

Zeus

Zeus

Breed: Japanese Chin
Age: 8 years old
Diagnosis: Stage B2
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Zeus was diagnosed at Stage B2 and has been noticeably slowing down and coughing more as the disease progresses.  He had a very successful mitral valve repair surgery on March 24, 2017 at Clinique Veterinaire Bozon.  After surgery, Zeus had some additional coughing from being intubated, but is currently recovering comfortably at home.

Veterinarian: Dr. Jose Barboza
Cardiologist: Dr. Tacy Rupp
Owner: Mike Camardello

Bentley

Bentley

Breed:  Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Age:  7-1/2 years old
Diagnosis:  Stage B2+
Hometown:  Maple Valley, WA

In November 2016, Bentley was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Disease Stage B2+ when his heart murmur elevated to a Grade 4.  He had an enlarged heart with severe regurgitation and was stabilized with drug therapies.  One week prior to traveling to France for Mitral Valve Repair surgery, Bentley went into Congestive Heart Failure, Stage C.  With an additional drug added, he was stabilized once again.  Bentley received his surgery in Versailles, France on March 23, 2017.  Bentley’s cardiologist, Dr. Mikaela Mueller, also flew to France to observe this miraculous surgery.  Bentley had his 1-month post-op checkup on April 5, and is doing great!  His heart is back to normal size, he is off of all drug therapies, and his regurgitation was reduced to a normal range. 

Cardiologist:  Dr. Mikaela Mueller, Seattle Veterinary Specialists
Owner:  Marla McAlpine
Instagram: @marvelousbymarla

Bellissima

Bellissima

Breed: Yorkshire Terrier
Age: 11 years old
Diagnosis: Stage C
Hometown: Prague, Czech Republic

Bellissima, also called Belisa, was diagnosed in 2014 with a heart murmur which progressed to stage C in December 2016 prior to her surgery at the Bozon Clinic in Versailles, France on March 21, 2017.  She had a successful mitral valve repair that day, and had many complications after surgery, some of which had nothing to do with her heart or the surgery.  However, we are so happy to report that Belisa is back at home recovering comfortably. 

Veterinarian: Dr. Vojtěch Novák
Owner: Tomáš Kučera
Read Belisa's surgery story here

Duke

Duke

Breed:  Chihuahua Mix
Age:  12 years old
Diagnosis:  Stage D+
Hometown:  New York

Duke has had a known murmur since he was adopted and vets said from the beginning it would develop into heart failure. In November 2015, Duke was taken to the vet with labored breathing and was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure and had fluid on his lungs. For a year after, Duke was treated with holistic supplements and acupuncture as well as a substantial cocktail of medications prescribed by Dr. Kramer. In October 2016, he went into Stage D and was not responding well to any of his treatments. Duke had an emergency surgery at the Bozon Clinic on December 8, 2016 and was on the verge of complete heart rupture. Today, Duke is doing well. His heart, ventricle, and atrium have all reduced in size. He has no sign of infection, clots, or fluid in his lungs. He breathes, sleeps, and eats very well (all areas he was struggling with when sick with the disease). He is becoming more active and wants to run when he is taken out for walks.

Cardiologist:  Dr. Kramer, Atlantic Coast Veterinary Hospital
Owner:  Nicole Hagoul

Bodhi

Breed:  Yorkipoo
Age:  10 years old
Diagnosis:  Stage C
Hometown:  San Marcos, CA

Bodhi was diagnosed in the summer of 2015 in Phoenix, AZ with mitral valve disease and told nothing could be done except to medicate and given 1-2 years to live.  Prior to surgery, Dr. Sabine Bozon diagnosed an advanced stage of mitral valve disease and saw that Bodhi's heart was close to rupture.  Intervention was performed on December 7, 2016 at the Bozon Clinic in Versailles, France.  Currently, Bodhi has some tracheal collapse which leaves him coughing at times but other than that he will be ready to run on the beach again once he is cleared for normal activity.  Dr. Hodge evaluated Bodhi at his one month post-surgery check up and said his heart was back to a normal size and that his regurgitation level was at about 28% compared to over 80% at the time of surgery.

Cardiologist:  Dr. Timothy Hodge
Owners:  Liz Margin & Andrew Berke

Levi

Breed:  Coton de Tulear
Age:  9 years old
Diagnosis:  Stage B2
Hometown:  Vienna, VA

Levi was diagnosed in July during a routine checkup with a heart murmur that was not present a few months earlier. Cardiologists confirmed that the murmur was a result of Mitral Valve Disease and chord rupture with an enlarged heart, stage B1. Prior to surgery, Levi was assessed at stage B2, his heart condition somewhat stabilized with drug therapy between July and December. Levi had Mitral Valve Repair at the Bozon Clinic in Versailles, France on December 6, 2016. Levi had a great 3 month post-op checkup at CVCA and has been cleared for normal activity. His heart size has reduced to normal, is off of all drug therapies, and the regurgitation is reduced significantly. 

Primary Care Vet:  Dr. Richards and Vanderhoof Caring Hands Animal Hospital
Cardiologist:  Dr. Peckens CVCA Cardiac Care
Owners:  Kimberly & Virginia Schoenauer
Instagram:  @levischoenauer
Levi's Surgery Story

Zoey

Breed:  Maltese
Age:  5 years old
Diagnosis:  Stage B2
Hometown:  Los Angeles, CA

Zoey was diagnosed in July of 2016 with a heart murmur and stage B2 of mitral valve disease with a very enlarged heart.  She was stabilized with drug therapies until her surgery date which was October 26, 2016 at the Bozon Clinic in Versailles, France.  Today, Zoey remains in stable condition and had a great checkup at her 3-month postoperative appointment.  Her heart size and reduced regurgitation have remained steady since she left the clinic in France and is now cleared for normal puppy activity.

Cardiologist:  Dr. Timothy Hodge
Owner:  Nathan Estes
Instagram:  @ZoeyMarieEstes
Read Zoey's full surgery story here

Prudence

Breed:  Cavalier King Charles
Age:  8 years old
Diagnosis:  Stage D
Hometown:  Carlsbad, CA

Prudence was diagnosed with a heart murmur for the first time in June 2016.  We immediately had a cardiologist perform an echocardiogram which revealed stage B2 mitral valve disease.  Unfortunately, Prudence's MVD progressed rapidly and within 6 weeks was in congestive heart failure.  At the time of her surgery on October 24, 2016 she was in refractory stage D (hospitalized).  Prudence's MVD is now reduced to stage B1 (murmur: no enlargement).  Her echocardiogram shows the mitral valve regurgitation is significantly reduced and her murmur is a grade 2.

Cardiologist:  Dr. Timothy Hodge
Owner:  Kari Puzzullo
Instagram:  @dear._prudence