KABANG, HERO DOG NOW CANCER FREE / KABANG MOST HEROIC DOG IN 2012
MANILA, DECEMBER 31, 2012 (PHILSTAR)
DAVIS, California – A veterinarian has some good news about a dog from the Philippines who became an international hero after sacrificing its snout to save two young girls.
Gina Davis, with the University of California, Davis, tells the San Francisco Chronicle the dog named Kabang appears to have beaten the cancer it was suffering from.
Kabang still faces treatment for heartworms in its arteries before it can have the gaping wound on its face closed.
Newspapers in the Philippines reported that Kabang had her snout and upper jaw sheared off when she jumped in front of a speeding motorcycle, saving her owner’s daughter and niece who were apparently about to be hit.
A nurse from New York state led a fundraising campaign to bring the dog to the US.
Surgeons are planning to perform two or three procedures for dental work, extractions and covering exposed roots.
They will then try to close the dog’s wound and restore nasal functions. The dog’s bony structures are currently exposed to air, increasing the chance of infection, Davis said.
Kabang may return to the Philippines in May or June. The bill for her treatment is expected to top $10,000.
Davis said despite Kabang’s many conditions, the dog appears in good spirits.
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EARLIER REPORT FROM GMA NEWS TV
Kabang named one of world's top 10 most heroic dogs for 2012 ANDREI MEDINA, GMA News December 26, 2012 2:30pm
Philippine hero dog Kabang who saved two young girls from being run over by a speeding motorcycle in Zamboanga City last year has been named as one of the world's top 10 heroic canines for 2012.
A video posted on the news site Huffington Post showed that Kabang was ranked as this year's number six most heroic canine in the world.
The other dogs who were part of the top 10 most heroic canines include: • Lilly, the top heroic canine of 2012 who dragged his owner away from the train tracks after she passed out from alcohol, and • Duke who woke up his owners because their baby wasn't breathing.
Kabang's face was dismembered as her snout and upper jaw were ripped away from her face when she was hit by the motorcycle.
She is currently at the University of California–Davis where she is recuperating after undergoing treatments for cancer and heartworm disease.
After she is determined to be free of heartworm, Kabang will undergo reconstructive facial surgery to prevent her exposed mouth and throat from catching infection. - VVP, GMA News
KABANG THE SNOUTLESS DOG
October 18, 2012By : Laura Goldman
Thanks to thousands of dollars in donations to Care for Kabang, a website set up by Karen Kenngott to raise funds for the hero dog’s surgery, Kabang was transported last week to the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) at the University of California, Davis.
After she was examined on Oct. 11, veterinary surgeons Frank Verstraete and Boaz Arzi told the San Francisco Chronicle they were pleased with what they found. Kabang would need two operations: one to fix her dental work and another to close the wound on her face. (Contrary to some earlier media reports, there were never any plans to create a prosthesis snout for Kabang.)
But at a press conference on Tuesday, it was announced that Kabang has a malignant vaginal tumor that needs to be removed as soon as possible, according to a UC Davis news release.
The facial surgeries have been put on hold for several months while her cancer is treated.
“Although these can be aggressive tumors, fortunately for Kabang, it appears to be in a relatively early stage and may have a good prognosis for treatment and even cure,” Dr. Jane Sykes, director of the VMTH small-animal clinic, said at the press conference. “Typically, these tumors are treated with chemotherapy and have a 90-percent survivability rate.”
Kabang will need to remain in California for three to six months while she receives chemo.
The tests also found that Kabang has heartworm, which could take up to six months to treat.
“A lot of the delay is going to be related to the heartworm disease that she has,” Sykes told the New York Daily News. “We’re keen to treat that before she has the surgery on her face because it means that she has a higher anesthetic risk.”
At the press conference, Sykes said Kabang “loves to associate with people, and she is a pleasure to work with,” according to the Sacramento Bee.
“I believe that Kabang is a great ambassador for dogs and what they can do for people. I think we owe her a service in return.”
PHOTO: Care for Kabang Facebook Page
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