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Local dog with heart murmur on the mend

By Jessica Priest
Sept. 6, 2013 at 4:06 a.m.
Updated Sept. 7, 2013 at 4:07 a.m.

Five-and-half-month-old rescue poodle Noodles, shown here with Adopt-A-Pet Volunteer Director Renee Wheeler, had a heart murmur that could have been  life-threatening when she got older. The staff of Adopt-A-Pet of Victoria is raising money to pay for corrective surgery for Noodles. Her first surgical procedure was Tuesday at Texas A&M University in College Station.

A dog with a life-threatening heart murmur that Adopt-a-Pet took under its wing survived a two-hour procedure at Texas A&M University.

Cardiovascular veterinarians went through the femoral vein of Noodles, a 51/2-month-old apricot poodle, to plug up a hole that, if left unchecked, would have spelled disaster, said Dr. Karen Klinkerman, a Victoria veterinarian.

It was a less invasive procedure, Klinkerman said, adding she was happy such technology now exists.

Noodles is staying at Klinkerman's home until she returns to Texas A&M University in two months for an ultrasound. She'll be kept in a crate but get walks everyday.

"She was starting to get some heart enlargement, so it's good we caught it when we did," Klinkerman said.

If Noodles heals well, she could then be placed up for adoption, said Renee Wheeler, Adopt-a-Pet director.

So far, the agency has raised 90 percent of the procedure's cost.

"It was unbelievable the amount of people who took the time to not only just mail a donation but come in person. It was very humbling and rewarding," Wheeler said. "We got a happy ending."

The host of Fur Real TV, Jenny Fisher, accompanied Wheeler and Noodles to College Station.

Fisher filmed Noodles' ultrasound for an upcoming but unscheduled episode of the show, which airs on ABC affiliate KAVU-TV in 13 counties, Wheeler said.

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