Broken Tail Rescue is committed to helping animals in need. Recently we received a call from a shelter manager in Western Massachusetts. They had a young Chihuahua with a heart defect in urgent need of care. Without hesitation, we said yes. We took the first available appointment with a cardiologist in Agawam, Massachusetts.
Tidbit is six months old, and weighs five pounds. He saw the cardiologist on October 20, 2016. His condition is severe and surgery is his only option. His diagnosis is Valvular Aortic Stenosis, which means that the aortic valve coming out of his heart is too narrow. This prevents the proper amount of blood from flowing, forcing the heart to work harder.
In order to help Tidbit live, he needs a very specialized balloon surgery. Only a few cardiologists in the state do this type of surgery. The cardiologists at Agawam and Tufts have determined Tidbit is large enough to undergo the surgery. The surgery is scheduled for November 1, 2016. The expected outcome is his life expectancy will increase to about 5 years old. Without surgery, Tidbit will die much sooner.
As a rescue with a mission to help animals in need, we have been down this road before. We are hoping the stars will be aligned and that Tidbit can have the surgery. However, as you can imagine, providing this care for Tidbit will not be cheap. We are anticipating the cost to exceed $4000. We are hoping to raise at least a good portion of these expenses so that we can continue to help other dogs and cats that are medically needy. If you can donate towards his medical expenses we would be greatly appreciative!