Update: On Friday, August 7, 2009, JoJo underwent
life-saving surgery to repair her heart defect. All went well during
the operation, after which her heart murmur was immediately reduced
from a level 6 to a level 2. Following a lengthy surgical
procedure and an
overnight stay at the veterinary hospital, she returned to her foster
home for the balance of her recovery.
It is expected that the heart murmur will further diminish over the next two
months. JoJo will continue with medication for a three month
period and will have a follow-up x-ray and examination at that time.
She is now 4 months old and grows by the day - as you can see by the
picture above - only now with a mended heart.
JoJo's operation was indeed vital to her survival; however, such a
complicated surgery is also a very expensive one. The SPCA of
Western Quebec is still in need of donations of approximately
$4,000.00 in total to pay for JoJo's operation. All
contributions would be greatly appreciated and applied directly to
this expense. Donations are accepted online at our main webpage
via Canadahelps.org, as well as at the shelter address via mail or in
Meanwhile, our appreciation is extended to all of you who have donated
to date to save JoJo, including Lianne and Cliff, who held a yard sale at
their bed and breakfast, the Black Lab Inn, to raise funds for JoJo's
operation. They know first-hand the importance of such heart
surgery, as they adopted Casey (formerly Sadie)
nearly 2 years ago, a pup
who required and received the very same procedure, thanks to public
support and donations.
(JoJo's original story follows below.)
JoJo, an Australian shepherd puppy, was born on
March 28, 2009. At the age of 5 weeks, her owner, a local
breeder, brought her to the SPCA of Western Quebec to surrender her to
the shelter, and indicated she had not eaten in the past few days.
It was obvious from her inability to stand that she was in distress
and immediate action was required.
Fortunately for JoJo, shelter staff was able to
provide her with a soft diet and fluids and she responded to their
care. Subsequently, during her exam with the veterinarian, a
significant heart murmur was detected. A follow-up visit with a
specialist, including an electrocardiogram, confirmed a diagnosis of
PDA, or patent ductus arteriosus. JoJo requires life-saving
heart surgery as soon as possible to repair this congenital defect before her heart fails.
The SPCA of Western Quebec has had experience in an
animal with this condition and the success of such a surgery. In
September 2007, another pup known as Sadie was surrendered with her
siblings, and was found upon examination to have this defect as well,
which results in a hole in the heart remaining open instead of closing
prior to or shortly after birth. Sadie received this surgery in
time, and continues to thrive in her adoptive home.
Now for JoJo, the SPCA
is in need of donations to provide a
chance for her to survive, as time is of the essence for her. Her surgery is estimated at over
$4,600.00, not including any follow-up medical expenses after surgery,
nor does it include a recent electrocardiogram, which cost
approximately $475.00. All contributions would be greatly
appreciated and put directly to JoJo's care.