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CALLING ALL SAINTS: RADAR was adopted from Save-An-Angel 8 months ago healthy and was recently returned on deaths door. Now he's counting on us to save his life. RADAR NEEDS SURGERY ASAP TO LIVE! Please give if you can. Even $5 makes a difference. More ...

WHO IS RADAR & WHAT'S WRONG WITH HIM?:  RADAR is a 3 year old Chihuahua that was adopted from Save-An-Angel 8 months ago healthy and was recently returned on deaths door. Now he's counting on us to save his life. RADAR NEEDS SURGERY ASAP TO LIVE due to heart worms and a condition called Caval Syndrome; meaning the entire right side of the heart is encompassed with worms. 

WHY DOES HE NEED $3,000 TO LIVE?:  In order to save Radar's life he'll need to have a surgery where the vets will go through an artery in his neck to manually remove the worms.   Radar's chances of making it through the surgery are 65%-70%. As with any surgery there is a risk of complication, however without the surgery his chances of survival are 0% and he could die within weeks or at most months.

HOW SOON DOES RADAR NEED SURGERY: RADAR NEEDS SURGERY ASAP!! If we can raise the money by this week, then he will be seen immediately.   OUR GOAL IS TO HAVE HIM SCHEDULED BY NO LATER THAN NEXT WEEK 11/25! In the meantime he'll be started on Viagra (it's OK you can laugh :) to increase his heart function.  

WHAT ARE THE RISKS? The primary issues with surgery are embolisms or the worms breaking in half on the way out of the body, causing an allergic reaction. There is no way of knowing how Radar will respond to the surgery until it's happening.  

WHAT MAKES RADAR AN IDEAL CANDIDATE?: The vets at LSU Veterinary College (the only place in Louisiana that can perform the surgery) say that Radar is very healthy overall with minimal damage to the heart, making him an ideal candidate for the surgery.  The vets recommend getting the surgery done ASAP, because right now Radar is healthy. However, almost the entire right side of his heart is encompassed with worms, so his stability could start to decline in a matter of days. 

WHAT HAPPENS POST-OP?: If Radar makes it through the surgery (which we pray he will) then he'll start doxycyline and heart worm preventatives in preparation for the traditional heart worm treatment that will be performed in 4-8 weeks. Traditional heart worm treatment consists of 3 shots given over a span of 8 weeks. 

WHEN WILL RADAR BE ADOPTABLE & WILL HE HAVE ANY LONG TERM ISSUES AS A RESULT OF THE HEART WORMS?:  The vets believe that if all goes well, Radar will be adoptable within 3-4 months. His heart is showing minimal damage, so there shouldn't be any long term effects, however there is no way to be certain until we get there.  The most that Radar might need is to stay on Viagra for the rest of his life, but the vets don't believe that will be an issue. 


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