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Who saved who?

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Who Saved Who?

A Rescue Story


Kathleen and Raymond were heartbroken when their beloved Chihuahua, Hummingbird, passed away. At first, they were unsure about bringing a new dog into their lives after their difficult loss. Before long they found themselves ready to adopt a new dog to join their family and help fill the void.

It was important to Kathleen and Raymond that they find an older dog to rescue and provide a happy home for. After a bit of a search they found a six year old mixed breed female that caught their eyes. Her name was Precious, and they would soon find out that her spirit and personality matched her name perfectly.

Precious and Kathleen quickly became inseparable companions. Precious could always be found sitting quietly by her mom’s side. One day Kathleen wasn’t feeling well. Precious took notice and her behavior changed abruptly. Instead of resting peacefully next to her, Precious began panting and pawing and licking at her mom’s face. Kathleen tried to rest, but Precious inexplicably understood that something was very wrong. Precious actually picked up the telephone receiver in her mouth and brought it to her mom. Fortunately, Kathleen took the hint. She called her doctor, and before she knew it she was admitted to the intensive care unit at the hospital.

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Miss Precious snuggling with her mom in our exam room

While Kathleen was hospitalized, Precious waited by the front door for her mom to return home. As a result of Precious’ persistence, she got her wish. Doctors told Kathleen and Raymond that if Kathleen had waited just 30 minutes more, she wouldn’t have survived. The family is firmly convinced that somehow Precious sensed the seriousness of Kathleen condition. Precious saved her mom’s life that day.

Precious has resumed her place lying quietly by her mom’s side. The doctors and staff at Mendon Village Animal Hospital regard Precious as nothing short of a hero. Needless to say, she is a very precious part of Kathleen and Raymond’s lives.

Lizzie’s Story

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

The staff at the Mendon Village Animal Hospital wants to share with you how one yellow Labrador is beating the odds and living with congestive heart failure.

 The Beginning:

labrador, TVD, Triscuspid Valve Dispasia, congenital heart defect, congestive heart failureLizzie was born on February 16, 2004.  She was brought into our veterinary hospital by her breeder.  As part of her exam Dr. Stuart Gluckman listened to her heart and was able to hear a significant murmur.   He ordered an ultrasound to confirm his diagnosis of Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia, or TVD.   TVD is a congenital heart defect in which the Tricuspid valve doesn’t close properly, allowing blood to leak back through it.  Unfortunately, TVD leads to congestive heart failure.   Puppies with severe TVD often don’t make it to their first birthday. 

What happened next?

Fortunately for Lizzie, one of our receptionists,TVD, Triscuspid Valve Dispasia, congenital heart defect, congestive heart failure Jen, fell in LOVE with her immediately. She decided to take her home and give her the best life she could for however long was possible.
On July 7, 2004 Jen took Lizzie to Cornell for a cardiology consult.   The cardiologist warned Jen that Lizzie would likely start to exhibit the symptoms of congestive heart failure within a couple of months. 

 To everyone’s surprise, Lizzie stayed symptom free for three years!


Lizzie went into congestive heart failure in September of 2007.  Her chest filled with fluid and she had to undergo multiple “chest taps” or thoracocenteses.   A thoracocentesis is a procedure in which the doctor places a needle between the ribs and into the chest cavity in order to draw off the accumulation of fluid in the chest.  Each time Lizzie needed a chest tap she needed to be sedated.   Jen took Lizzie back to Cornell and was given a grave prognosis. The best option was to start Lizzie on a medication regimen that would help control Lizzie’s disease, as there was no cure.  Jen had to try to prepare herself to lose Lizzie at any time. TVD, Triscuspid Valve Dispasia, congenital heart defect, congestive heart failure

With nothing left to lose, the cardiologist at Cornell started Lizzie on a relatively new medication called Vetmedin (pimobendan) with the hopes that it may help.  (Vetmedin is now used on a regular basis for pets with heart disease.)

 Great News!

Seven years later, Lizzie is alive and thriving!   She recently celebrated her 10th birthday right along with her litter mate Tucker, who was born with megaesophagus and lives with our office manager Amy.   Lizzie is the sweetest, happiest dog… you’d never imagine she’s sick. While Lizzie has been in congestive heart failure for seven years now, Jen works hard to control her symptoms with a range of medications, including Vetmedin, Enalapril, Salix and Spironolactone.  Lizzie also receives supplements, including COQ10, Rutin and high doses of fatty acids.

Lizzie has definitely beaten the odds.  Jen counts herself extremely lucky to have been given the gift of all this time with her. TVD, Triscuspid Valve Dispasia, congenital heart defect, congestive heart failure