Thank You For Helping Lola!
Lola had a pacemaker implanted on February 21
Thousand thanks to Dr. Mark W. Harmon at Seattle Veterinary Specialists Downtown Seattle for taking such good care of her. She did great during surgery! Dr Harmon said because she is so young, he put in the best pacemaker with the longest battery life available for her, which will last 13 years.
Lola came home the next day, back with her foster and recovering by taking it very easy, getting lots of love, cuddles and naps. She will be on limited activity for 6 months, and will continue to be on antibiotics to prevent infection.
We are very grateful for all of you, supporting Lola and SPR! It's because of your donations, caring about pugs, and coming to our fundraising events that we are able to help these sick, scared, abondonded and unwanted pugs.
Here is a picture of Lola the day after surgery, and also an x-ray showing the pacemaker.
Lola came to us from a hoarding situation. She's a beautiful 4 year old girl who has a great personality - she loves to greet people and loves other dogs. Her foster has nick named her "Love Bug". She loves to snuggle, sitting on your lap and laying back so you can scratch her chest as she falls asleep.
Unfortunately, Lola has a major heart condition. Her foster took her to be spayed, and even though she had seen other vets, this one discovered she has a 3rd degree atrioventricular (AV) block. It is life threatening. The vet says she needs to see a cardiologist ASAP for more testing to get a complete diagnosis, and to see if there is anything to be done to help her, such as medications or surgery.
Update from February 13 Cardiologist Appointment:
Lola has been diagnosed with a complete heart (AV) block. This occurs when the electrical signals from the top portion of the heart are prevented from entering the bottom portions of the heart, and are therefore "blocked." The heart fortunately has a backup method to continue beating, although at a much slower rate. This slow rate keeps patients alive, however they can have collapsing episodes, difficulty breathing, or sudden death.
The cardiologist says with no treatment, Lola has a very high chance of dying suddenly within 1-6 months. If left untreated, she could also develop congestive heart failure (fluid in their lungs or chest/abdominal cavities).
With third degree heart block, typically no discernible cause can be identified. Managing with medicines rarely work, and tests on Lola showed that they would not work for her. Lola needs cardiac surgery with a pacemaker implanted to stimulate the ventricles at a set rate. The prognosis for her is excellent with this surgery.
We are raising a minimum of $5,000 for her surgery. Please make a donation of any amount to help Lola live a long, happy life. She is currently being loved and cared for by her foster family. But after living in a terrible situation, Lola deserves everything we can do to help her. Thank you!
You can make a donation via PayPal to email@example.com. Please choose "Sending to a friend" so we don't incur fees.
Or you can send a check, please write on there "For Lola" in the memo. Send to:
Seattle Pug Rescue
5806A 119th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
Lola is not currently available for adoption.
Seattle Pug Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, care, and placement of unwanted, abandoned, neglected, and abused pugs, giving each a second chance in a loving and caring forever home. SPR accepts pugs regardless of their age, temperament or medical condition. Pugs surrendered to SPR receive necessary medical and dental care; are spayed or neutered and microchipped prior to placement; receive routine vaccinations; and receive behavioral care, if needed.
NOTE: Seattle Pug Rescue is not affiliated with WA State Pug Rescue.