Sully’s Heart Surgery

Hey everybody,

Thanks for stopping by. Since Sully was a puppy, he has had numerous cases where he would get “dizzy” and nearly pass out. As these episodes started to become more frequent,  we had it checked out. We were told by our vet that there was no issue with his health and that he just wasn’t getting enough oxygen to his brain, primarily due to his breed. We recently brought him to our vet again, where a new vet checked him out for an unrelated issue and he discovered a potential heart murmur. Unfortunately we have now gotten some bad news regarding Sullivan’s health.

We had to take him to a specialist in our area and It turns out that Sully has a severe case case of pulmonic stenosis. In fact, his case registers as the most extreme on the severity scale. We will be taking him to the University of Tennessee to proceed with heart surgery where the surgeons will inflate a balloon in order to get his pulmonary artery to open up larger so that his heart isn’t stressing as much to pump blood to his lungs. 

This was a very difficult decision to proceed with heart surgery, as there is no guarantee of a permanent fix. We are optimistic that a successful surgery can allowSullivan to have a life expectancy near that of the average English Bulldog.   

As you can imagine, multiple visits to the vet, specialists, and now UT for surgery have taken a considerable toll to our finances and we are currently seeking donations from friends and family  This is obviously not a great time for anybody financially but if you have anything to spare we, and Sully, certainly appreciate it  


Jess and Shane




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Shane Cassidy 
Nashville, TN
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