Cordelia's Cardiac Surgery: A Puppy's Fight for Life
Organized by: Julia Treseder
Deels is well!
August 22, 2017
EVENT DATE Feb 08, 2017
Cordelia is a yellow Labrador Retriever puppy who was recently diagnosed with a congenital heart defect called tricuspid valve dysplasia, or TVD. In fact, I'm the one who diagnosed her when she came to see me at the Oregon State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. I am a veterinary cardiology resident (in training to be a veterinary specialist in cardiology), and she was surrendered to me by her owners when they learned of her diagnosis. Without surgery, Cordelia will go into right sided congestive heart failure - this means that fluid will build up in her abdomen and she will begin to feel sick and fatigued. Most animals that go into right sided heart failure have a decline in their quality of life, and in Cordelia's case I suspect that will happen fairly quickly. At 4 months of age, her right heart is already severely enlarged as a result of her leaky tricuspid valve. I expect that she only has a few weeks or months before the onset of heart failure. My goal is to do everything I can to give her the best possible chance at life, and that means surgical valve repair or replacement. This requires open-heart surgery which is only performed rarely and at select veterinary hospitals in the United States. It is also an expensive surgery that I would have to pay for entirely out-of-pocket. As a veterinary resident, this would be the majority of my annual salary. That's why I'm asking for help to pay for surgery to help keep this little puppy as happy, carefree, and energetic as she is now for many years to come. In this profession, we do everything we can for our patients but for our own sakes we also try to maintain some emotional distance - chalk this one up to a failed attempt at doing just that!