Topanga

Her heartbeats are irregular and her heart sometimes stops while she sleeps

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About the Campaign

Support Topanga’s Heart Rhythm Recovery

Topanga, a delightful 3-year-old Corgi, needs our help. This rescue pup from China has been with her owner, Mahtub, since December 2020. After a routine teeth cleaning, a veterinary check revealed a concerning heart rhythm issue — a diagnosis of arrhythmia.

Topanga’s Heart Condition:
• The majority of her heartbeats per day (around 60k) are irregular
• Her heart sometimes stops while she sleeps
• The diagnosis places her in the worst one percent of similar cases
• Vets recommend a pacemaker before trying special heart rate lowering medication

Despite these severe heart irregularities, brave Topanga is surviving. The heart seems to catch up when it stops while she sleeps, but this is far from a long-term solution. Vets have recommended a course of special medication to lower her heart rate, but they want to implant a pacemaker first.

Mahtub, who works at a non-profit and has been managing Topanga’s other medical expenses, finds the estimated surgery cost of $8,000 – $10,000 daunting. This doesn’t include the cost of the Halter reads, each running between $1,500 – $2,000, with one needed after surgery as well.

How You Can Help:
• Donate to the fundraising appeal for Topanga’s surgery
• Share this appeal with friends, family, and social media networks
• Every contribution, big or small, will make a difference

By focusing on Topanga’s medical needs, we hope to provide her with the pacemaker she requires to regulate her heart rhythm, improving her overall quality of life. All donations are held by FAD and ONLY paid to the veterinarian when the surgery is performed; the owner receives no money.

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4 comments

  • Deborah Carpenter

    From Barbara and my self,
    Barbara is my daughter, she said this dog because it had no donations yet. We also had a small dog that has now passed but she also had heart problems, and one time she flat, all fours went out, and no heart beat, I picked her up and wasn’t sure what to do but instinct, I started rubbing in her heart area, chest, and she came back, I was so scared and relieved at the same time. I can’t imagine having a dog with a heart that stops when it sleeps, if I did I’d probably want to sleep making sure I could feel the dog’s heart beat, just in case it stopped, I’d wake her. Just thinking about it, just being and sleeping with the dog may help the dog and being next to another beating heart. Good luck.

    June 11, 2023 at 11:44 am Reply

  • Terry Brown

    Even though this is a small donation, I know that many small donations can help.

    June 26, 2023 at 12:56 pm Reply

    • Free Animal Doctor

      Exactly right! Every donation is direct, meaningful help! Thank you.

      June 27, 2023 at 10:12 pm Reply

  • Antoinette Martinez

    Hope Topanga gets medical help soon

    July 6, 2023 at 3:04 pm Reply