Kabang’s tumor, heartworm delaying surgery

By Nadia Trinidad, ABS CBN North America News Bureau Chief

Posted at Oct 17 2012 12:08 PM | Updated as of Oct 18 2012 04:30 PM

DAVIS, California - The hero dog whose snout was ripped off while saving two children will have to wait longer to get much needed facial and dental surgeries, due to a cancerous tumor and heartworm disease.

The dog named ‘Kabang’ was brought to the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis, last week to fix the traumatic wounds she suffered after leaping in front of a motorcycle to save two young girls in the Philippines.

But veterinarians there announced that the dog may have to undergo life-saving chemotherapy first, that could keep her in California from three to six months, before she can be subjected to surgery.

Dr. Jane Sykes, an infectious disease specialist in the university’s small animal clinic said, Kabang suffers from a sexually transmitted canine disease.

Clinical pathology reports have confirmed that her vaginal tumor appears to be in a relatively early stage and may have a good prognosis for treatment and even cure.

“Typically, these tumors are treated with chemotherapy and have a 90% survivability rate,” Dr. Sykes said.

Kabang’s blood test also revealed that the hero dog has heartworm disease.

“Worms were actually seen in her pulmonary arteries,” Dr. Sykes added.

Sykes added that heartworm is not a disease seen too often in the dry climate of California, but is fairly common in more tropical areas like the Philippines.

Kabang’s treatment plan is being finalized as both of these issues must be addressed before she is healthy enough for the dental and facial surgeries.