Hemi was turned into Hearts United for Animals by a family who realized that she would grow too big for their landlord to accept at their apartment. She had been given to them by someone else at the age of only 5 months, perhaps a backyard breeder. As soon as Hemi arrived we realized she was lethargic for a puppy and we were able to feel the blood coursing through her heart valve under her arm. We knew that was drastic and took her to Omaha to be evaluated right away. Hemi was diagnosed with Patent Ductus Arteriosus, which is an opening between two major blood vessels leading from the heart that did not close after birth. It is the worst case that we have seen. Without surgical treatment, over 50% of dogs pass from heart failure within one year.
Mobile Animal Clinic in Omaha recently upgraded their equipment and facilities to be able to accommodate major surgeries that used to have to be performed at K-State or Iowa State. Dr Merkley came in to perform the operation with the help of Dr Ellis Jensen from Mobile. It is a very delicate operation with much opportunity for the worst to happen, but luck and skill were on Hemi’s side and she came through it better than the surgeons even imagined that she would. That night Hemi walked into the Animal Emergency Clinic on her own for overnight observation. She spent another week at Mobile being monitored but she let everyone know that she felt great and was ready to go! Dr Jensen said that within a day of her operation it was like flipping on a switch. Hemi had found high gear. She leapt around the clinic showering the staff with hugs and kisses.
Hemi had a long recovery of rest and confinement at HUA, which she did not appreciate, but toys and regular visits made it easier on her. She really just wanted to run and play. Hemi is now fully recovered and is running and playing like a happy young Labradoodle should be. She loves her tennis balls, loves to play with her teddy bear and adores walks with the people. Hemi says enough of shelter and hospital life, she’d like a family asap! She should have no lasting effects from the operation. She is good as new and ready to go, go, go!
Hemi’s operation cost $4,000 and we wish to thank all of the dedicated supporters who make it possible for Hearts United for Animals to provide these life saving operations when needed. It means the world to us, and it definitely means the whole big wide world to Hemi who will soon be off on the best adventures of her life. Click here to donate to our medical fund so that we can stand ready to help more dogs like Hemi who so desperately need us. For adoption information please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to visit Hemi’s adoption page.