Pet Profiles 2016



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

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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

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Breed: Maltipoo
Age: 9 years old
Diagnosis: Stage C
Hometown: New York, NY

Tiffany was diagnosed on October 4, 2016 with stage C MVD. It was also suspected that she had numerous ruptured chordae tendineae. Her prognosis was poor. Her disease had a rapid onset and quick progression. At her prior check-up no murmur was even detected. 

Tiffany had surgery with Dr. Uechi at the BOZON Clinic on December 6, 2016. As suspected, Tiffany had 5 ruptured chordae tendineae that were successfully replaced. Prior to surgery, Tiffany’s heart was extremely enlarged. It is now almost within the margins of normalcy, and her mitral valve regurgitation is minimal. She is also off all medication.

Cardiologist : Dr. Keith Blass
Owner: Margaret Frederico

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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

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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

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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

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