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Kabang update: Hero dog that lost snout has health issues, UC Davis veterinarian says

By on Oct 17, 2012 in Animals, Asia, United States Comments

Updated: March 28, 2013 3:10 p.m.

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

Kabang, the hero dog that lost its snout after saving two girls in Zamboanga City, Philippines, still has health issues, and that the planned oral and facial surgeries for her may be delayed for six months. This is days after she received series of tests at US Davis, including chest x-ray and an echocardiogram.

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Kabang, the hero dog that lost its snout
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As announced by UC Davis Veterinary Medicine on its official website on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, a press conference was held that day to announce the latest update for Kabang. Dr. Jane Sykes revealed the result of the tests showed that the hero dog has heartworm disease and Transmissible Venereal Tumor (TVT).

As noted in the pdf file posted at, heartworm is fairly common to tropical areas like the Philippines, where she was hailed as a hero dog. However, Kabang‘s condition is not too advanced and can lead to a better long-term prognosis, but should be addressed first before she could undergo surgery.

For the TVT that Kabang has acquired, the doctors said that it appears to be in an early stage and may have a good prognosis and even cure, noting that patients are being treated via chemotherapy and have a 90% chance of survival. A treatment plan for the hero dog is currently being finalized to settle her health issues.

As reported earlier, Kabang lost her snout in December 2011, when she jumped into the path of a motorcycle that suddenly appeared as the two girls were walking in the street. Her heroic act went viral and won the hearts of millions. She received a lot of support and a citation from the local government.

Kabang, owned by Rudy Banngal and his family, was accompanied by local veterinarian Dr. Anton Lim when it arrived in the US on October 8, 2012. Karen Kenngott, a care nurse from Buffalo, New York later launched the website, which it reached its fundraising goal of $20,000 last September.

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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