Kabang, the hero dog who lost her snout and upper jaw when she leapt in front of a motorcycle to save two little girls, finally made her way to UC Davis last week. Kabang made a long journey from the Philippines to be treated by the doctors at UC Davis. Kabang was able to make her trip to UC Davis to receive the necessary care thanks donations that came from people in 20 different countries. Kabang has undergone a preliminary exam with the veterinary surgeons and they anticipate that Kabang will need at least two surgeries.
Kabang made the journey to UC Davis from the Philippines with her veterinarian Dr. Anton Lim. Her owner was unable to make the journey with her. They arrived on Monday and were given a few days to acclimate before meeting with the team at UC Davis.
Veterinary surgeons Boaz Arzi and Frank Verstraete conducted an hour long preliminary exam to assess Kabang’s overall condition on Thursday. They also conducted blood and urine tests. “We are pleased with what we discovered today,” said Verstraete. “Kabang has suffered catastrophic injuries to her face. While we had consulted over photos and video, we were not able to make a proper determination of the care we would be able to offer Kabang until we examined her in person,” Arzi said. The surgeons are confident that they can improve Kabang’s condition.
They anticipate two major surgeries will be needed; the first one focusing on dental work and the second on closing the gaping wound on Kabang’s face. They do not plan to fit Kabang with a prosthetic snout or replace her jaw, which had been rumored in the media. Kabang will be at UC Davis for at least six weeks. Kabang is in good hands as UC Davis has the most comprehensive dental and oral surgery service of any veterinary teaching hospital in the world.