Joey's Open Heart Surgery

Joey’s open heart surgery

$3,370 raised of $40,000 goal

2 Dogs On A Mission Inc. has organized this fundraiser. Donations are tax deductible. Joey (a senior Jack Russell Terrier) rescued in May of 2018, from “Pinellas County, FL” animal control.

Joey came to me coughing with no appetite. After having the opportunity of adopting Joey, I took him to my vet and he prescribed medication and informed me that Joey had a heart murmur. I then took Joey to University of Florida for a complete physical.

UF did an echocardiogram and discovered Joey had “mitral valve disease,” which could be fatal if not addressed. Cardiology prescribed “pimobendan” a drug that helps with mitral valve disease. Joey is doing well, and goes to UF every 6 months for echocardiograms and full physicals.

There are between 5-7 million dogs in the US diagnosed with mitral valve disease each year! UF informed me about a doctor from Japan, who is the only veterinarian in the world that performs mitral valve surgery, with a 96.6% success rate. Planning to bring Dr. Uechi and his team to UF to perform mitral valve surgery on dogs and also train US cardiology surgeons how to perform this surgery, COVID struck!

Mitral valve surgery costs approximately $45,000. Not having the finances for the surgery, I founded “2 dogs on a mission” for Joey. Donations exceeding Joey’s medical costs will go to UF to help other dogs having this surgery.

Thank you for helping Joey!

Approximately 10 % of dogs will develop some form of heart disease in their lifetime, of which 80% is diagnosed as mitral valve disease. This condition is more common in middle-aged to older small dog breeds like Maltese poodles and Dachshunds.

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Stella Pavlides 
Clearwater, FL
2 Dogs On A Mission Inc 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.