Duke is a 12 year old Chihuahua Mix from 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

Mitral Valve Disease in Dogs | Mighty Hearts Project