A Dog Named Bean: A Tail of Survival and Hope

Dr. Stan Marks at the Purina Better With Pets Summit (photo courtesy of Purina)

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“My life changed forever in the spring of 2012 when I was fortunate enough to come across the most incredible, beloved little puppy,” began Dr. Stan Marks. Bean was a rescue pit bull who was brought to the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital because she wasn’t able to walk properly. “To most observers, it looked like she was an old man walking in flippers.”

Dr. Stan Marks at the Purina Better With Pets Summit (photo courtesy of Purina)

Corrective surgery would help the issue, but a neurological evaluation revealed that Bean had muscular dystrophy, which, similarly for people with the same condition, meant that the dog couldn’t eat or swallow normally and would be a “ticking time bomb” for aspiration pneumonia. UC Davis veterinary neurologist, Dr. Karen Vernau, adopted Bean and her colleagues rallied around them both.

Stan showed a video of Bean unresponsive to a tossed soccer ball and trying to eat. “She’s unable to swallow…and looking quite lethargic. She’s gagging and aspirating food and water. And she’s developing pneumonia.” The team knew that they would have to act quickly. “We first assessed Bean’s esophagus with —> Read More Here


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