UC Davis

Health problems delay surgery for ‘hero dog’

By From page A2 | October 17, 2012

Kabang, the German shepherd mix that lost her snout saving two girls in the Philippines, is a good candidate for dental and facial surgery, a UC Davis veterinarian said Tuesday, but the dog has other health issues that will delay her surgery.

Jane Sykes, director of the Small Animal Clinic, told reporters that tests and examinations performed since Kabang arrived at the Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital show that she has both heartworm disease and a vaginal tumor.

Neither condition is very advanced, leading to a better long-term prognosis. Both conditions must be treated before facial surgery, however, which could lead to a delay of up to six months, Sykes said, depending on how the dog responds to treatment.

Kabang captured international attention after being credited for saving her owner’s daughter and niece from a speeding motorcycle that severed the dog’s snout and upper jaw.

Cory Golden

Cory Golden

The Enterprise's higher-education and congressional reporter. http://about.me/cory_golden
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