A dedicated dog owner has paid £17,500 to save her dog’s life after receiving the vet’s bill. Jac Williams, 54, whipped his Nissan Qashqai for around £15,000 so little Louie could go under the knife. The pooch, now 10, was diagnosed with mitral valve disease in 2020 – which can be fatal without surgery.
Afraid of losing his beloved pet, Jac, from Wareham, Dorset, sold his engine and dipped into his inheritance to pay for the pioneering procedure, MyLondon reports.
Louie is now doing well after surgery on August 8 and her owner says she has no regrets – despite the cost.
Jac, who is retired but used to work for the RSPCA, said: “I’ve started to see deterioration in Louie’s health. But he’s only 10 and Chihuahuas can live to be 16 or Age 17. I asked what our options were and the vet mentioned there was surgery but that was pretty new and very expensive and very specialized.
“The operation itself, minus all the scans, cost £17,500. Although it was an awful lot of money, I thought I owed him. He’s such a sweet little dog, I love him to pieces. He’s had surgery and he’s doing absolutely amazing. He’s just a little superstar! I know it’s a lot of money, but at the end of the day, if you love your dog so much, at least there’s has an option.
Louie was diagnosed with mitral valve disease after vets discovered something was wrong with his heart during a screening before having his teeth cleaned two years ago.
He was sent to a cardiologist who diagnosed him and told his owner Jac about another life-saving open-heart surgery where the mitral valve is repaired.
The operation was very expensive, but Jac knew she had to do everything she could to save her beloved dog.
She said: “After the diagnosis they put him on medication and he was pretty stable for a year and a half. But in January they said there was quite a marked deterioration and we would start to see some clinical signs Until then, there were absolutely no outward signs that he had a problem – he could run and jump and was not out of breath, you just wouldn’t know. only in three places in the world – one in London, another in Cambridge and one in Japan We were referred to London who did a review and they said things were going the wrong way but he is a candidate to surgery if we want to continue.
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“I spoke to the surgeon who told me we really had nothing to lose but a lot of money because Louie would die without the operation, and probably by the end of the year.”
Desperate to save her dog, Jac decided to sell her two-year-old car for around £15,000 and then used the money she had inherited to make up enough for the operation. Louie underwent mitral valve repair at the Royal Veterinary College in London and spent three to four hours under the knife.
His heart was stopped for an hour to an hour and a half when Louie underwent bypass surgery and received a blood transfusion during the repair. The precious pooch then remained in intensive care for two days and finally left the hospital after a week of recovery.
She said: “The week before he had surgery there was massive deterioration. His breathing was bad and when I put him back on I really didn’t expect to get him back. I knew that the operation was his only chance. I didn’t think he would come home.
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Despite Jac’s fears, Louie’s operation was a success and vets were delighted with his progress after seeing him again last week for his three-month check-up.
Thanks to Jac’s unwavering support, Louie is back to being a healthy little Chihuahua. Jac said: “He’s done absolutely amazing. He’s just a little superstar! The first three months after surgery is the critical time. He’s been strictly rested and he’s been on blood thinners, but it’s gone downhill. stopped now. His surgeon was very happy with his progress. Everything is looking good and we can gradually start to get back to normal with exercise with another checkup in February.
“It’s a relatively new procedure. If it was 10 years ago, he would have been given medication until the end and it’s a horrible death. To have this option is just amazing, and so many people don’t know no It’s a horrible disease, you don’t see it coming, it’s a degenerative heart disease and dogs end up with heart failure, which is awful.
“We didn’t have insurance – I think the insurance companies are a scam, to be honest with you. If they can avoid paying, they will. I used to work as a nurse vet years ago and when you want them to pay they never do so we took the risk and said if any vet bills were to come up we would cross that bridge when we got there.