Prima, a four-year-old Pomeranian mix, arrived at the San Francisco SPCA homeless and suffering from Patent Ductus Arteriosus, a heart problem preventing her body from getting enough oxygen. Upon her arrival at the shelter, she was immediately transferred to the SF SPCA’s veterinary hospital because of excessive panting (a side effect of the heart problems she was experiencing).
Without surgery, Prima was not expected to live a full life, but with heart surgery she was given a good prognosis for a normal, healthy life without needing any supportive medication.
The SF SPCA launched a campaign to raise the $3,500 that was needed for Prima to receive medical care from a heart specialist. And because of the community’s generous support, we reached our funding goal in just two weeks!
Prima received surgery at the UC Davis Veterinary Hospital, where she became a staff favorite. With the care and support of UC Davis veterinarians and her foster mom she made a quick recovery. Prima still has a heart murmur, but it is much smaller and her energy level is greater than before the surgery. Fortunately, there’s no longer a fear that she will go into heart failure anytime soon.
When asked to describe how surgery had changed Prima, her foster mom said, “Emotionally, she’s still the same loving dog she was before her surgery, but she has more energy and with it and more Pomeranian attitude! She wants to go everywhere we go, and loves car rides, walks and any attention she can get. Prima has come to love her doggy friends, and she is especially close with my tiny Chihuahua. They spend their downtime cuddling and bouncing off each other (because they’re too furry to wrestle).”