Hearts United for Animals
HUA - Omaha, NE


be my buddy
Born: 09/21/2011
30 lbs

Homeward bound-adopted!

Now living happily in Omaha, NE.

Hemi is a young lab/poodle mix who was surrendered to HUA when she grew too big for the apartment. That person was given the dog by someone else - perhaps a backyard breeder - but we don't know for sure. When Hemi arrived we knew something was immediately wrong with her. We could feel the blood coursing through her heart valve under her arm area.

Hemi was diagnosed with Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). Both labs and poodles are most commonly affected with PDA. Essentially, she had an opening between two major blood vessels leading from the heart that did not close after birth. It is the worst case that we have seen. Without surgical treatment, over 50% of dogs pass from heart failure within one year.

Dr Merkley performed Hemi's PDA heart valve surgery at Mobile Animal Clinic in Omaha. Hemi had her surgery in late May and is completely healed. Within days of her operation Dr Jensen said it was like flipping on a switch. Hemi was in high gear and ready to go, go, go! She did not appreciate her long rest and recovery period but it all worked out in her favor. Hemi is like a brand new girl now and will have no issues going forward now that her heart valve problem is fixed. She loves to run and play and adores tennis balls. She is a big lover of people and gets along well with other dogs. She is a gorgeous, precious little girl and we are so happy to have been able to save her life with the help of our supporters who made it all possible.
Buddy Messages (1)
Her Buddy, Sharon Schmitt, from Fairfax, Virginia, sent her this message: "Hemi - On behalf of our family, we're so glad to hear you've recovered and are able to run, play and enjoy yourself. We know your forever home is right around the corner and we'd be honored to be your buddy until that happens. Special hugs from Odin and Passion." Hemi sends Sharon, Odin and Passion many happy, grateful hugs and kisses.

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Thanks for Visiting Our Animals!

Hearts United for Animals is a national no-kill shelter, sanctuary and animal welfare organization. Hearts United for Animals does long distance adoptions if there are safe flights and we have volunteers in the area to do a home visit. We require an application, references and a home visit to adopt one of our dogs. Our dogs are all spayed or neutered and are current on health care. We can cat test a dog if requested. If you are interested in adopting a dog, we can give you more information on each dog if you click the Adoption Info & Application link above. Buddies are people who support the dog and send them love while they are waiting for their new home. The dog does not live with the buddy.