I am so happy to report that Snickers had her procedure done at the University of Minnesota Vet Clinic yesterday, and all went well. They used two balloons to open up her valve and knock off some adhesions. She should have good blood flow now and lead a normal life.
She will go back in three to four months for a re-check. If all is well, she can be spayed and adopted then. She will be taking some heart medicine, but it is sold to humans and easy to get and very inexpensive. Anyone considering adopting Snickers would need to get her annual checkups with a cardiologist.
Thank you so much for all the well-wishers, donations, and especially to Mary and Paul T for becoming Snickers’ Sponsors. Without the generous support RAGOM receives, dogs like Snickers, who need specialty medical care to survive and thrive, would be facing bleak futures, heart failure in Snickers’ case. We were able to get her in quickly, while still very young and stop the damage that was already happening to her heart and vessels.
Special thanks also to B Squad Rescue, Brandon, SD and Mandi H for transporting Snickers to her special doctors twice. Thanks to wonderful temporary fosters, Rutager and Scott and Patty for keeping Snickers while she was in the Twin Cities.
Other things about Snickers that can be shared are that she likes children and was very gentle with Scott and Patty’s twenty-month-old grandchildren. She walks very nicely on a leash. I was fearful that she would come home shaved from her procedure, but her beautiful coat is still there. Her cardiologist at the U of MN believes she will be a large dog.
If it ever stops snowing out here in the Dakotas, Snickers will be home again and I will update with news and pictures. Thank you again for all the care she has gotten from RAGOM.