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ANGEL FUND

ANIMAL HEALTH FOUNDATION

Boydston Grant Helps Triton
Fight Enlarged Heart Problem
Jim Bell

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few years ago, one of Diane Porter's sons
was homeless and needed a roof over his
head. He moved in with his mother and
brought with him his two dogs, Triton - a King
Charles Cavalier Spaniel, and Jesse James, a Chihuahua-Beagle mix.
When he was able to move out of his mother's house,
the dogs stayed behind. " I am the one who ends up with
all the dogs in the family, " Diane said. " Not that I don't
love the dogs I have taken care of. But I haven't chosen
my own dog since before I had children. "
Triton, now 10 years old, is a beautiful animal. He
weighs about 37 pounds and " he's kind of ruby colored
- he's a red head with a little bit of cream, " Diane said.
" We've always been a little bit at odds. He's very independent but over the three years I've had him, we've
gotten very close. "
Last July, she took Triton to see Dr. Jennifer Kumar at
Baker Bristol Pet Hospital in Costa Mesa not far from
her home. " I could tell he was not feeling well, " Diane
said. " He was coughing and he seemed just down. "
Dr. Kumar examined Triton. Then she told Diane that
King Charles Cavalier Spaniels often develop enlarged
hearts as they get older and that was what was happening
to Triton. " It causes fluid to build up in the lungs and as
it gets bigger, it can't pump as strongly, " Diane was told,
and eventually the pet can develop congestive heart failure. The doctor recommended a medication that often
helps the breed.
But her pet had to go through a series of tests before
he could take the medication - and they were expensive.
Diane's Social Security check is her only income. Dr.
Kumar suggested applying for a Boydston Grant, which
is available to people over 65 who have trouble paying
expensive veterinary bills.

Dr. Kumar examined Triton. Then she
told Diane that King Charles Cavalier
Spaniels often develop enlarged
hearts as they get older and that was
what was happening to Triton.
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Triton
The grant of $203.43 was approved and was matched
by the hospital. " It helped me a great deal, " Diane side.
" I could not have afforded Triton's treatment without it.
Getting it was wonderful. "
In late January, She took Triton back to Dr. Kumar for
a checkup. The veterinarian told her that the dog's heart
felt pretty normal, considering the progression of his
condition. Diane said the doctor also told her: " He's not
getting worse. Just keep an eye on it and let me know
about his coughing and his behavior. "
She said that Triton seems to do better in hot, dry
conditions when " he is more active and perky. But he
gets kind of down and lethargic when it's wet and cold. "
Diane is happy that JJ, as Jesse James is called, is healthy.
She also said that, while she loves her sons very much,
she told them she does not want to take any more dogs
off their hands. " No more of this. I love dogs but I'm
getting up in years and there have been times when having dogs to care for has kept me from doing some things
that I really wanted to do. " P

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Pulse - March 2021
Chapter Meetings & Calendar
President’s Perspective
SCVMA Profile
SCVMA Profile
Pulsepoints
Practical Pathology
Veterinarians Key to Planet’s Future, UC Davis Global Health Expert Believes
Medical Leeway
UC Davis Update
Tools for Success
Angel Fund
Dear Tabby
The RVT
Industry Insights
Quick Reference
AVMA Diplomates
Digital Photography for Veterinarians
Resources
Disease Table
Classifieds
From the SCVMA Office
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