A Pennsylvania Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is healing nicely after being flown to France for life-saving surgery that came with a hefty price tag, $50,000 dollars to be exact. The dog, Sophie, of Levittown in Bucks County, needed a repair to her mitral valve. The dog was diagnosed six years ago with a heart murmur that eventually became mitral valve endocardiosis — a genetic type of heart disease responsible for about 75% of all canine cardiac issues. Mitral valve repair surgery is common in the U.S. for humans, but the procedure is not available for pups. A U.S. vet's sign-off, $50,000 and many pet-friendly travel accommodations later, Sophie's surgery was underway. During the procedure, Sophie needed two blood transfusions and also suffered a urinary-tract infection and three blood clots while recuperating.
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