Root for Ru!

For: Ru
Organizer: Allison Paige
of $3,000 goal
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The Story

Ru is a 2-year-old Pointer mix in Murphysboro, IL. He has had a tough life starting out at a shelter in Altus, OK where he was close to being gassed. Luckily he was rescued by the wonderful people of St. Francis CARE in Murphysboro and was then adopted by his mommy, a graduate social work student.

On his very first trip to the vet, it was discovered that Ru has a significant heart murmur.  An echocardiogram performed in St. Louis confirmed that Ru has severe Pulmonic Stenosis (PS), a congenital heart defect that results in the narrowing of the pulmonic valve.  Ru has been lucky so far, but he needs surgery to ensure he lives a long, healthy life!  Untreated, it is possible for Ru to die of a sudden death or from congestive heart failure due to a backup of blood into his lungs and abdominal cavity.

If you've ever met Ru, you wouldn't guess he's got anything wrong with him.  He lovesto play fetch and frisbee at the dog park with his big brother, Remy.  But Ru tires easily, gets out of breath, and needs to lay down even after a short walk.  His heart is working very hard to keep him going and to push his blood through this very narrow valve.  With a surgery called Balloon Valvuloplasty, Ru will be able to resume his normal activity and live a long, healthy life.

The goal for this fundraiser is $3,000.  This will cover both the echocardiogram cost (~$450) and the minimum cost of the surgery (~$2,500).

Any additional money collected from this fundraiser will go towards helping other families pay for vet bills/pet surgeries for their rescued pets.  I am working on making Root For Ru into an official organization to meet the needs of the community. 

Thank you for taking the time to look at this page, and please help if you are able & continue to Root for Ru!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 10, 2013

Posted on June 10, 2013

Ru went for his first visit to the cardiologist, Dr. Marshall, at Veterinary Specialty Services in Ballwin, MO today.  Despite his outbursts in the waiting room, Dr. Marshall reported that Ru was a very good boy during his echocardiogram and required no sedation!  The echo showed that Ru does not have PDA as originally suspected, but a severe case of Pulmonic Stenosis (PS).  The degree of severity is determined by measuring the pressure gradient across the valve in something called "millimeters of mercury" or mm of Hg.  Severe is considered 80 mm of Hg.  Ru measured at 108 mm of Hg.  Poor boy :(

The prognosis for severe PS is "not good" according to the vet.  However, it is much better with surgery.  A procedure called Balloon Valvuloplasty can be done to open up the valve and reduce the pressure on his heart.  We were given an estimate of $2,500-$2,800 for the surgery.   Until he has this done, Ru is not to run or go for long walks because he is very susceptible to fainting spells and/or sudden death.  About two weeks after the surgery, however, Ru will have his stitches out and be able to return to being a normal dog.  This is great news because Ru is VERY energetic and loves to play.

The surgery does not require opening his chest, which is good.  It is performed through the jugular vein.  Dr. Marshall said there is very little risk (about 5%) with this surgery.  

Ru's going to be taking it easy the next few weeks/months/however long it takes.  But I'll be vigilant at sharing his story & this site, and I hope you will, too!  I greatly appreciate every single donation, share, like, etc.  It's only been a week and we've come so far already.  I can't thank everyone enough!!!! Your kind words and well wishes for Ru are so heart-warming.  It's refreshing to know that good people still exist.

Thank you for Rooting for Ru!! 

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