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Sunday, September 26, 2021

News in Brief: Hero dog arrives at UC Davis from the Philippines

Nearly one year ago, Kabang, or “Spotty,” a dog from the Philippines, jumped in front of a motorcycle to save her owner’s daughter and niece. She lost her snout and upper jaw in the process.
On Thursday, Kabang arrived at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine for examinations to discern what could be done to help her. She is estimated to stay for at least six weeks.
According to a UC Davis news service press release, Kabang underwent an hour-long preliminary exam that involved blood and urine tests.

Veterinary surgeons Boaz Arzi and Frank Verstraete are working to determine the best route through which to approach the problem. They anticipate that Kabang will require a minimum of two surgeries, one that would deal primarily on dental work and another that would attempt to close the facial wound. There are no plans of developing a prosthetic snout.

“We are confident we can improve her condition going forward,” Verstraete said in the release.

Kabang will not be made available to the media to reduce any added stress and risk of infection.

More information and updates on Kabang’s treatment can be found at vetmed.ucdavis.edu/vmth/small_animal/kabang.

— Muna Sadek


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