Delicate surgery gifted to puppy that is now ‘eating like a trooper’

2016-09-07 07:11
(Johannesburg SPCA)

(Johannesburg SPCA)

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Cape Town – A puppy called Snoekie couldn’t keep her food down even if she wanted to.

The Johannesburg SPCA thankfully located the problem and put the fur ball under the knife, even though her owners could not afford the surgery.

It was the first time in 10 years that the organisation’s hospital team had performed surgery for this condition. 

The five-month-old pup’s owners were distressed at seeing her constantly vomit.

After taking her to the SPCA, X-rays revealed that she had a condition called a “persistant right aortic arch”.

This is a congenital abnormality of the heart’s blood vessels, which compress the oesophagus – the tube that extends from the mouth to the stomach, according to

As a result, solid food is not able to pass properly.

Surgical repair to tie off the band around the oesophagus could cost in excess of R8 000, said the SPCA. This was because the surgery required opening the chest cavity and a ventilator.

“It broke our doctor’s hearts to have to put this bundle of hugs and kisses to sleep for financial reasons, so it was decided to perform the surgery,” the animal organisation said.

A team of theatre surgeons, nurses and orderlies performed the corrective surgery.

“We were extremely proud of how well our team handled the theatre pressure as well as ensuring Snoekie was manually ventilated. There were many sighs of relief when little Snoekie began breathing on her own.”


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