Pet Profiles 2018

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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Koda Murray

Koda Murray

Breed: Miniature Australian Shepherd
Age: 11 years old
Diagnosis: Stage D Surgery Date: July 25th, 2018
Hometown: Portland, OR Owner: Stefani Murray Instagram: @kodawoof Cardiologist: Dr. Gary Wood at Cardiology Northwest Surgical Team: Dr. Masami Uechi, Jasmine Cardiovascular Medical Center

Koda’s symptoms came on suddenly and rapidly. He had his yearly check up with his primary care veterinarian in April 2017 with no noticeable murmur whatsoever. Yet in late October 2017 he began coughing consistently, so I took him to be seen by his primary care veterinarian and was referred to a cardiologist immediately. His cardiologist diagnosed him with CHF, MVD, at a grade 5/6 murmur.

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Dutch Schmidt

Dutch Schmidt

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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Simba Nam

Simba Nam

Breed: Maltese
Age: 8
Diagnosis: Stage D Surgery Date: April 16, 2018
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Owner: Sandy Nam Cardiologist : Dr. Timothy Hodge, UC Veterinary Medical Center, San Diego Surgical Team: Dr. Masami Uechi & Team at, Jasmine Cardiovascular Medical Center

In January of 2017 I took Simba in for his annual health check-up and the vet noticed a slightly enlarged heart.  I was advised to take him to the cardiologist where I was told everything was fine and that he didn’t need to be on medication at the time.  Approximately 1 month after his second cardiologist visit on August 11, 2017, Simba went into congestive heart failure (CHF).  A month later, he had another episode and I cried every night reading about this terrible disease.

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Bailey Ambrose

Bailey Ambrose

Breed: Shih Tzu Age: 7 Diagnosis Stage: C Surgery Date: June 30th, 2018 Location: Milford, NH Owner: Nat and Sandy Ambrose Primary Veterinarian: Dr. Cheryl Donnell, Milford Veterinary Hospital Cardiologist: Dr. Ivan Sosa Samper, Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital Surgical Team: France, Drs. Masami Uechi, Sabine & Jean Hugues Bozon

Bailey is a rescue dog that we adopted in Virginia in 2012.  We fell in love with him the second we saw him.  His diagnosis with MVD was devastating to us and we wanted to do anything we could to help him.  During his annual check up in 2015 he was diagnosed with a heart murmur.  Our vet  said it was nothing to be concerned with at that time.  He was fine until April of 2017 when we found out he had Mitral Valve Disease and his murmur was upgraded to Stage B2.  We took him to a cardiologist and he was started on heart medication to try and slow down the disease.

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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 & Team at, Jasmine Cardiovascular Medical Center


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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Dot Lim

Dot Lim

Breed: Maltese Age: 9 Diagnosis Stage: C Surgery Date: July 23rd, 2018 Location: San Francisco, CA Owner: Kate Lim Primary Veterinarian: Dr. Shannon Leggieri, Claremont Veterinary Hospital Cardiologist: Dr. Satoko Nishimura & Dr. Kate Woodruff Surgical Team: Dr. Masami Uechi, Jasmine Cardiovascular Medical Center

 In early December 2017 Dot went into congestive heart failure after 3 years of a mild heart murmur. I found out because he started lifting his nose in the air and refused to lay down. My family and I were all devastated and immediately went to UC Davis's cardiology hospital. We heard about the mitral valve repair surgery for dogs but weren't sure if it was reliable. We were so lucky because we met Dr. Nishimura who knew Dr. Uechi and guided us through the process and introduced me to the Mighty Hearts Project.

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Pedey Ballard

Pedey Ballard

Breed: American Eskimo Age: 8 Diagnosis Stage: C Surgery Date: June 4th, 2018 Location: Anchorage, Alaska Owner: Sarah Ballard Primary Veterinarian: Dr. Alison Capitan, College Village Animal Clinic Cardiologist: Dr. Dawn Webber, Arctic Echoes Veterinary Cardiology Surgical Team: Dr. Masami Uechi, Jasmine Cardiovascular Medical Center

 During a weekend in September 2017 I noticed Pedey was coughing more and seemed lethargic.  I took him to the vet the next day.  They performed a chest x-ray and found his heart to be severely enlarged.  I thought it looked like a football it was so big.  I was able to get him to a cardiologist the following day and he was diagnosed with mitral valve disease and congestive heart failure.  He had a grade 4-5/6 left apical systolic murmur and his left atrium and ventricle were both severely enlarged.

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Tiara Nakayama

Tiara Nakayama

Breed: Long coat Chihuahua Age: 12 Diagnosis Stage: C/D Surgery Date: July 7th, 2018 Location: Osaka, Japan Owner: Angélique Nakayama Cardiologist: Dr. Yoshiro Fujisawa, Hyogo Pet Medical Center Surgical Team: Dr. Masami Uechi, Jasmine Cardiovascular Medical Center

 

Tiara is a 12-year-old Chihuahua. She was diagnosed with MVD on Nov. 2016. Our primary care vet prescribed Apinac 12.5mg for the first half year. In May of 2017, Tiara’s murmur started to get worse, so Dr. Fujisawa added Vetmedin for her. But just after 2 months, she started to cough, and was having difficulties breathing. We brought her to the hospital and they did all the cardiology examinations.

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Charlie Wentz

Charlie Wentz

Breed: Cavalier/Bichon mix
Age: 10
Diagnosis: Stage B2+ Surgery Date: July 16th, 2018
Hometown: Voorhees, NJ Owner: Danielle Wentz Primary Care Vet: Dr. Justin Praslicka, Cedarbrooke Animal Hospital Cardiologist : Dr. Megan Poad, UPenn Ryan’s Animal Hospital Surgical Team: Dr. Masami Uechi & Team at, Jasmine Cardiovascular Medical Center

When first learning of Charlie’s diagnosis in July of 2017 I was absolutely devastated. He has been my best friend and constant companion these last 9 years and we have grown inseparable. After many sleepless nights I had stumbled upon the Mighty Hearts page and just like that everything changed! For the first time, since Charlie’s diagnosis, I experienced HOPE!

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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: Dr. Masami Uechi & Team at, Jasmine Cardiovascular Medical Center

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: Dr. Masami Uechi & Team at, Jasmine Cardiovascular Medical Center

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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