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  • Anton Mari H. Lim / UC Davis file

    UC Davis veterinarians say Kabang, shown playing in August with her owner's son, is recovering from treatment for tumors and heartworms. Next on the agenda: surgery to fix the muzzle injury.

  • UC Davis

    Kabang, who lost her upper muzzle while saving two girls in the Philippines, must be treated for heartworm disease and a tumor before getting care for her severe wound.

Reconstructive surgery nearer for hero dog from Philippines

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3B
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 21, 2014 - 11:50 pm

A street dog from the Philippines that won hearts around the world after saving two girls from being hit by a motorcycle is a step closer to receiving surgery at UC Davis to reconstruct her missing snout.

UC Davis veterinarians have announced that chemotherapy has successfully eliminated the tumors that delayed facial surgery for Kabang, the dog whose muzzle was torn off in a motorcycle crash last year. Now the 2-year-old dog is getting treated for heartworms.

"Kabang begins her third week of 'bed rest' following her first heartworm treatment," says a Dec. 18 online update from the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at UC Davis.

"This will continue for about another three weeks. She is eager to go outside and play, but is accepting her needed rest well."

Kabang arrived at UC Davis in October after thousands of dollars were raised for her care through a social media frenzy. A nurse in New York state started the website www.careforkabang.com to raise money, and Kabang has her own Facebook page with more than 16,000 "likes."

When the dog got to Davis for surgery to close the gaping wound where a snout should be, veterinarians determined that her other health problems had to be treated first. They said in October that treating Kabang's tumors and heartworms would likely delay the facial surgery by six months.

FOLLOW KABANG

UC Davis vets are posting weekly updates on Kabang's condition at: www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/

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