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Kabang dog update: Snoutless dog hero surgery successful after 5 hours of operation, now recovering

By on Mar 28, 2013 in Animals, Asia, United States Comments

Snoutless dog Kabang recently underwent an operation called maxillofacial surgery; more than a year after the hero dog from Zamboanga City, Philippines went to fame when saved two children that caused its face to be damaged. Attending veterinarians announced the good news this Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Snoutless dog hero Kabang

Snoutless dog hero Kabang at UC Davis (Feb 2013)

According to the latest Kabang update at the official website of University of California, Davis (UC Davis), the female dog hero is now recovering after almost 5 hours of operation that day. The surgeons aimed to repair Kabang‘s face, which was badly hit by motorcycle that saved the lives of two young girls.

“Following that procedure, the oral surgeons collaborated with soft tissue surgeon Dr. Bill Culp to reconstruct the nasal openings, and inserted stents in those passages to allow for two permanent new nostrils to form.” A statement reads at, which was also posted at Care for Kabang Facebook page.

Last March 5, UC Davis announced that the snoutless dog received a CT scan that confirmed the extent of the damage to her face and dental region. That day, UC Davis VMTH oral surgeons Dr. Boaz Arzi and Dr. Frank Verstraete said they removed Kabang‘s two upper fourth premolar teeth and reconstructed her left eyelid.

Back in February 2012, Rudy Banngal, Kabang‘s owner, told reports that his family pet dog jumped into the motorcycle’s path but her mouth was clipped on the roller and sprocket, and was dragged along the street. Kabang lost her snout, but became famous after a lot of dog lovers offered their help.

On October 8, 2012, Kabang arrived in the US and was accompanied by Dr. Anton Mari H. Lim, her local veterinarian. Four days later, veterinary specialists at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at UC Davis conducted a preliminary examination on Kabang, who was later known to have some health issues.

For the next two months, the dog hero underwent a series of chemotherapy session until she was declared safe from cancer; and started to receive heartworm treatment so she can be fully prepared for the surgery. As of this writing, Kabang is recovering in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) but no latest photos were released.

Note: The snout portion of Kabang the hero dog in the above photo was intentionally covered since the extent of the damage may not be suitable to some viewers.

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