Dog Comes from Thailand for Surgery

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URBANA, Ill. (WAND): How far would you go for your furry friends? 

Nana is a three year old Chihuahua.

"She's our patient who came all the way from Thailand," Jordan Vitt of the University of Illinois Veterinarian Training Hospital says.

Nana traveled more than 8,000 miles to get her heart fixed.

"She came to us because she has a patent ductus arteriosus, PDA for short," Vitt says.

PDA causes a dog's heart to become enlarged.

"if it get's really big they can go into congestive heart failure and dogs can die, commonly within the first year of life," Vitt says. "So she's three, so she's doing very well."

Her owners were eager to find a surgeon who could fix Nana's heart.

"They don't have anyone who can repair it in Thailand," Vitt says. "The owners were interested in having her brought here."

Vitt says it was a process.

"They had to go through a lot of paper work, international paperwork. We're in the middle of doing paper work right now to get her back over there," Vitt says.

But the owners found support.

"We had a donor who put money towards the PDA being repaired because she had one, too," Vitt says. "So lots of moving parts but it's been going wonderfully so far."

Not a "ruff" life for Nana who is now expected to live a normal, healthy life.

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