We met Jack in June of 2013 when he was 3 months old. He came to Mother Lode Veterinary Hospital to be evaluated for a suspected congenital heart defect. He was an adorable ball of fur, but was small and thin for his age. Jack was worked up and diagnosed with a condition called a persistent right aortic arch (PRAA). His current family was overwhelmed with his condition and decided to relinquish Jack to the hospital for future care and placement. The condition PRAA is a defect during development which leaves a band of tissue around part of the heart that causes a stricture around the esophagus. This leads to a secondary condition called megaesophagus. Dr. Tim and Dr. Mario were able to repair his heart defect by performing open thoracic surgery to alleviate the stricture around the esophagus. During the post operative period Jack needed his mega-esophagus managed, so he was fostered by several staff members at the clinic. When it was Suesan’s (Our Registered Veterinary Technician) turn to “foster” him, she failed miserably. There was no way she could give him up. He was full of life, joyful, funny, and a beautiful soul despite his medical maladies. He got along with everyone and everything. It gave us all great delight that he would stay with her and become part of their “family”. Over the coming months, Jack continued to grow, become stronger, and his signs of megaesophagus began to slowly resolve.

“JaAustin_Brown_1106-20130619081001167-currentck just had his 1st birthday and is doing just great. He is stable medically and enjoys life to the fullest. I am so grateful to have him in my life and he has been a wonderful addition to our pack. As I think back to the first day I met Jack I remember wondering if he would make it to his first birthday. I don’t know how I could have doubted his fighting spirit. He greets each day with enthusiasm and without a care in the world. Here’s to you ‘Jack –a-roo’.”
-Suesan L., RVT Mother Lode Veterinary Hospital


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