Dori Edwards, Global Animal
UC Davis welcomed a hero to their veterinary facilities this week. Kabang, a mixed breed canine, lost her upper snout and jaw while rescuing two little girls from an oncoming motorcycle in the Phillipines.
A year ago, Kabang saved her pet guardian’s daughter, Dina Bunggal, 9, and her cousin, Princess Diansing, 3, by jumping in front of a motorcycle. The dog’s act of heroism earned her national fame in the Phillipines, which has begun to spread worldwide.
Compassionate animal lover Karen Kenngott, a critical care nurse from Buffalo, New York, created an online fundraising event, Care for Kabang. The event raised more than $20,000 from 22 countries for Kabang’s transportation to the United States and treatment at the University of California, Davis.
Kabang is now taking residence with the medical team at the world renowned veterinary institute, which has one of the most successful dental and oral surgical services. Veterinarians attest Kabang’s case is unlike any they have ever seen.
Although her case is shocking, surgeons Boaz Arzi and Frank Verstraete “are confident (they) can improve her condition going forward.”
“We think she has a good prognosis,” Dr. Jane Sykes, an infectious disease specialist at the university’s small animal clinic, told the Daily News.
However, before they can treat the gaping wound on her face, Kabang, who gave birth to six puppies April 1, needs treatment for heartworm and chemotherapy for a vaginal tumor.
“A lot of the delay is going to be related to the heartworm disease that she has,” Sykes told the Daily News. “We’re keen to treat that before she has the surgery on her face because it means that she has a higher anesthetic risk.”
If all goes well, she will then receive two treatments. Her first will concern dental work on her injured jaw and the second will close the enormous wound on her face in order to prevent infection.
Kabang demonstrates the loyalty and love our companions have for humans. As Dr. Jane Sykes of UC Davis so elegantly puts it, “I believe that Kabang is a great ambassador for dogs and what they can do for people. I think we owe her a service in return.”
We want to thank the doctors at UC Davis, Karen Kengott, and all of those who donated for making Kabang’s treatment possible.