Mitral Valve Surgery

Rocco Hosker

Rocco Hosker

Breed: Long haired Chihuahua cross Jack Russell
Age: 8, now 10
Diagnosis: Stage D Surgery Date: July 24th , 2017
Hometown: London, UK Owner: Samantha Hosker Cardiologist : Dr. Mark Oakley at Kynoch Vets Surgical Team: RVC, Dr. Dan Brockman & Dr. Poppy Bristow

Rocco who is super energetic, was in the garden. I was feeding the birds and he liked to run off with bits of bread as a game. He suddenly started to stumble and look like he was choking. I picked him up and tried to look in his mouth but couldn't see anything. He stopped breathing. I had to think quick as was no time to get to vets.

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Samy Rodriguez

Samy Rodriguez

Breed: Chihuahua Mix Age: 11 Diagnosis: Stage C Surgery Date: April 23rd, 2019 Hometown: Covina, CA Owner: Dolores and David Rodriguez Primary Vet: Dr. Joni Nasser, Community Companion Animal Hospital Cardiologist: Dr. Danielle Yuhas, , VCA Advanced Veterinary Care Center Surgical Team: Dr. Masami Uechi & Team at, Jasmine Cardiovascular Medical Center

In September 2018, Samy had an episode of congestive heart failure. After a visit from his Vet, David made calls to obtain all information he could find on MVR. Fortunately, David connected with Nate Estes who recommended that we contact Dr. Masami Uechi

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Jager Howard

Jager Howard

Breed: Maltese/Yorkie Age: 6 Diagnosis: Stage C Surgery Date: June 11th, 2019 Hometown: North Carolina, USA Owner: Andreanna Howard Primary Vet: Dr. Sami Winter, Capeside Animal Hospital Cardiologist: Dr. Anna MacManamey , North Carolina State University Veterinary Hospital Surgical Team: RVC, Drs. Dan Brockman & Poppy Bristow

Jager’s story started in early March of 2019, I began to notice that Jager seemed to be tired and out of breath quickly and each time he laid down to rest, his breathing resembled that of a dog who just ran a mile. Ten months prior, Jager underwent surgery

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Noah Jordan Camper Evitts

Noah Jordan Camper Evitts

Breed: Bichon Frise Age: 11 Diagnosis: Stage: C Surgery Date: June 11th, 2019 Hometown: Illinois Owner: Patricia & Joseph Evitts Primary Vet: Dr Lisa Weaver, River Heights Veterinary Clinic Cardiologist: Dr. Lydia Soydan , VCA Aurora Animal Hospital Surgical Team: RVC, Drs. Dan Brockman & Poppy Bristow

Noah had not been himself around the holidays (November/December of 2018). He had a general intolerance for too much activity which was in stark contrast to his usual disposition. We took him in to see his regular doctor and after a quick listen to his heartbeat it was discovered that he had a heart murmur!

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JoJo Reynolds

JoJo Reynolds

Breed: Chihuahua Age: 11 Diagnosis:Stage C Surgery Date: February 18th, 2019 Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI Owner: Shanna Reynolds Primary Vet: Dr. John Drobish, Great Lakes Hospital for Animals Cardiologist: Dr. Christian Weder, Petcardia Veterinary Cardiology Surgical Team: RVC, Drs. Dan Brockman & Poppy Bristow

It all started with a cough….a cough that occurred when JoJo was excited.  Initially I didn’t think anything of it, as it was almost like he had something stuck in his throat, and at the worst maybe collapsed trachea.  But it persisted, and got worse. 

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Peanut Gallivan

Peanut Gallivan

Breed: Havanese Age: 8 Diagnosis:Stage C Surgery Date: April 9th, 2019 Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Owner: Lisa Gallivan Primary Vet: Dr. Elizabeth Croft , Halifax Veterinary Hospital Cardiologist: Dr. Etienne Cote & Dr. Lynn O’Sullivan , University of Prince Edward Island Surgical Team: RVC, Drs. Dan Brockman & Poppy Bristow

Our little Peanut is a Havanese.  She is sable colored and very pretty.  We got her as a puppy from Thunder Bay, Ontario in August 2011.  She arrived on a WestJet flight full of life and even so full of energy.  She was tiny but she was mighty.

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Herbert Roth-Ramsland

Herbert Roth-Ramsland

Breed: Pekingese Age: 9 Diagnosis:Stage C Surgery Date: April 29th, 2019 Hometown: Palm Beach, Florida Owner: Jennifer Roth Primary Vet: Dr. John Joyce , Regal Animal Hospital Cardiologist: Dr. Simon Swift UF, Gainesville Surgical Team: RVC, Drs. Dan Brockman & Poppy Bristow

Herbert was my father’s dog who lived in Israel. I brought him home from Israel after my father passed away so I could take care of him for my dad. My dad loved Herbert or “Herbie” as he would call him. He used to call me from Israel just to talk about him. I felt that I needed to bring Herbert home with me to America and care for him for my dad.

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Jewel Belsinger

Jewel Belsinger

Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Age: 10 Diagnosis:Stage B2 Surgery Date: April 1st, 2019 Hometown: Baltimore, MD Owner: Jennifer Belsinger Primary Vet: Dr. Vander Veen, Pulaski Veterinary Clinic Cardiologist: Dr. Rick Cober, CVCA, Annapolis, MD Surgical Team: Dr. Masami Uechi, Jasmine Cardiovascular Medical Center

Jewel has battled health issues her whole life. She has had 2 knee surgeries for patella luxation and has permanent pins in her knees, along with a host of other medical issues. The most serious issue was MVD. Jewel always had a heart murmur. It became more noticeable over the years. I mentioned it to her orthopedic surgeon (who is an avid Cavalier owner). He recommended that Jewel visit a vet cardiologist

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Bailey Byrne O'Brien

Bailey Byrne O'Brien

Breed: Chihuahua Age: 11 Diagnosis:Stage C Surgery Date: May 13th, 2019 Hometown: London , UK Owner: Denise Byrne Primary Vet: Ark Vetcare, Kill Lane. Cardiologist: Dr. Tom Mullany of Nutgrove Veterinary Surgery Surgical Team: RVC, Drs. Dan Brockman & Poppy Bristow

 Bailey and his brother Travis are both 11 1/2 years old. Bailey was diagnosed with a grade 3-4 murmur in 2016 but was otherwise very healthy. Both Bailey and Travis were put on Pimobendan as they both had murmurs. In March 2018 Bailey collapsed while out chasing his ball, we rushed him to the ER

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Rupert Schmidt

Rupert Schmidt

Breed: Long Haired Chihuahua Age: 7 Diagnosis:Stage C Surgery Date: March 4th, 2019 Hometown: London , UK Owner: Suzanne Schmidt  Primary Vet: Dr. Robert Short Cardiologist: Dr. Babis Koffas, The Neighborhood Vet Surgical Team: RVC, Drs. Dan Brockman & Poppy Bristow

Rupert was first diagnosed with a heart murmur October 2018 . He showed no signs of illness but I was concerned about his rapid breathing. On examination I was told he had a heart murmur and a subsequent X-Ray showed fluid in his lungs and an enlarged heart . We couldn’t believe it as he’d shown no real signs of illness before this . Our cardiologist then determined that he had leakage from the mitral valve and had one episode of heart failure ! He was prescribed Vetmedin, Cardalis and diuretics. These seemed to stabilize him

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Vasco Maximov

Vasco Maximov

Breed: Yorkshire Terrier Age: 13 Diagnosis:Stage C Surgery Date: April 1st, 2019 Hometown: Del Mar, CA Owner: Shanna and Anton Maximov Instagram: @yorkstars Primary Vet: All Creatures Dr. Picht and Tiglio and East West Animal Hospital Dr. Nespor for our holistic needs. Cardiologist: Dr. Timothy Hodge, DVM, DACVIM, UC Veterinary Medical Center, San Diego Surgical Team: RVC, Drs. Dan Brockman & Poppy Bristow

Vasco had a mild level three murmur with no enlargement discovered April of 2018. He had his first Cardiology exam and echo and was cleared by Dr. Hodge for his May dental and pulling of 16 teeth!  June 30th we rushed him to the ER for labored breathing and discomfort. He was immediately put into oxygen and given pimobendan and Lasix. After 36 hours he was able to come home.

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Milo

Milo

Breed: Dachshund/Bichon Frise Age: 12 years / Surgery 11 years Diagnosis Stage at Surgery: C Surgery Date: March 31st, 2018 Hometown: Seattle WA Owner: Ashley Primary Vet: Dr. Darla Rewers, Ancient Arts Holistic Veterinary Services Cardiologist: Dr. Mark Harmon Blue Pearl Surgical Team: Dr. Masami Uechi, Jasmine Cardiovascular Medical Center

Milo was diagnosed with MVD July 2016. I was told he didn’t need any medication; this was just part of the aging process and his heart was just reflective of his age of 10 plus years. I was told to bring him back in a year. Milo returned to Blue Pearl in August 2017 and the previous Dr. had retired and Milo was assigned to Dr. Mark Harmon. After reviewing his Eco, I was told Milo had advanced stage B2 MVD and probably had 

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Tiger Sinensky

Tiger Sinensky

Breed: Cock-A-Poo Age: 10 Diagnosis Stage at Surgery: D Surgery Date: December 10th, 2018 Hometown: East Meadow, NY Owner: Amy & Rich Sinensky Primary Vet: Dr. Marc Wallach, University Animal Hospital Cardiologist: Dr. Joshua Morgenstern, VMCLI Surgical Team: RVC, Drs. Dan Brockman & Poppy Bristow

Tiger was diagnosed in March 2018 with a grade IV heart murmur, MVD stage C and severe Pulmonary Hypertension. She was nine years and a half years old. Her only symptom at the time was a persistent cough. She was a very happy and active dog.  Our primary Veterinarian, Dr. Wallach informed us in December of 2017 that Tiger probably had a year to live with medication.

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Molly Bieber

Molly Bieber

Breed: Beagle Age: 12 Diagnosis:Stage C Surgery Date: January 28th, 2019 Hometown: Pennsylvania / Florida Owner: Kyle and Christy Bieber Primary Vet: Dr. William Latter, All Creatures Animal Clinic Cardiologist: Dr. Simon Dennis, PA Hope Veterinary Specialists in Malvern and Dr. Simon Swift, University of Florida Gainsville Small Animal Hospital Surgical Team: RVC, Drs. Dan Brockman & Poppy Bristow

Molly was diagnosed with a heart murmur when she was eight years old, but remained a happy, active dog with no signs of her condition for a long time. One week before she went into congestive heart failure, she took a five mile 3 hour walk. Unfortunately, on Sept 11, 2018, Molly began having difficulty breathing. We rushed her to animal ER where we were told she had congestive heart failure with fluid in her lungs and a severely enlarged heart.

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Samson Ward

Samson Ward

Breed: Long Hair Chihuahua Age: 12 years old                               Diagnosis: Stage C Surgery Date: December 3rd, 2018 Hometown: Wilmington, NC Owner: Jessica Ward Primary Vet: Dr. Peter Dugan, Coastal Carolina Animal Hospital Cardiologist: Anna McManamey, DVM, North Carolina State University Veterinary Hospital Surgical Team: RVC, Drs. Dan Brockman & Poppy Bristow

Samson was diagnosed with MVD at stage B2 in late July 2018. He had a heart murmur that had escalated from a grade 1/2 murmur to a 4/5 during the first half of 2018. He had been on a low dose of Enalapril to help his blood pressure ever since the mild murmur had started one year prior. He was prescribed Vetmedin by Dr. Dugan and I requested a referral to cardiology.

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Chloe Sober

Chloe Sober

Breed: Yorkshire Terrier
Age: 10 years old
Diagnosis: Stage C Surgery Date: August 14th, 2018
Hometown: Albany, NY Owner: Whitney and Chris Sober Cardiologist: Upstate Veterinary Specialties , Dr. Cassidy D. Sedacca Surgical Team: Dr. Masami Uechi, Jasmine Cardiovascular Medical Center

In late October of 2017 I brought Chloe for her yearly checkup and they detected a slight heart murmur, they said it was about a grade 2. and that it wasn't a huge concern at that time and would keep an eye on it every 6 months. Shortly after her checkup and vaccinations Chloe started coughing, they treated her for possible kennel cough. A few weeks later I noticed extreme labored breathing, rates in the 60s and took her straight to the animal hospital

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Sophie Grant

Sophie Grant

Breed: Maltese
Age: 9 years old
Diagnosis: Stage C Surgery Date: October 15th, 2018
Hometown: Newmarket, Ontario Canada Owner: Candice Grant/Peter Maier Cardiologist: Toronto Veterinary Emergency Hospital, Dr. Jonathan. Lichtenberger Surgical Team: RVC, Drs. Dan Brockman & Poppy Bristow

Sophie had to be rushed to the ER Vet four times between April 2018 and September 2018.  The fourth time (September of 2018), Sophie collapsed at home and had to be revived using CPR before being rushed to the ER Vet Hospital.  Sophie was scheduled for surgery in Japan in January of 2019.  We were very worried that she wouldn’t make it

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ToTo Satori

ToTo Satori

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.

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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.

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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.

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