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Serious Health Conditions Surface For Snoutless Hero Dog At UC Davis

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Kabang the dog sits quietly during an intake exam at UC Davis, October 11, 2012. (UC Davis)

Kabang the dog sits quietly during an intake exam at UC Davis, October 11, 2012. (UC Davis)

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DAVIS (CBS) – A hero dog who lost her snout saving two young girls in the Philippines will have to wait a few months before veterinarians at UC Davis can repair her face after they discovered she has some other serious health problems.

The dog, named Kabang, arrived at UC Davis last week to get medical treatment for injuries she suffered when she leapt in the path of a motorcycle that was heading into the path of two young girls in the Philippines back in December.

A preliminary exam showed Kabang in good health, but a more thorough exam showed some serious health problems.

PHOTO GALLERY: Kabang At UC Davis

Tests show that Kabang has a heart worm infection and a tumor that will now have to be treated before surgery. Kabang’s doctors said she’ll be treated with chemotherapy and other drugs. They said they are “cautiously optimistic” about her treatment.

They will wait three to six months before focusing on her face. Her doctor’s had originally anticipated that Kabang would need at least two surgeries. The first likely would focus on dental work. The second would attempt to close the gaping wound on the dog’s face, protecting her from infection and improving her quality of life, the school said.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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