110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
posted Oct 22, 2013 - 1:33:12pm
Annie nearly died Oct. 9.
Annie is an 8-year-old Welsh corgi who belongs to Travis McBride, son of beloved DeLand Police Cmdr. Francis “Mac” McBride.
Mac was on his way to pick up Travis from work when he noticed Annie fall over in the passenger seat. Mac could tell she was in pain, with her head rolling back.
As he drove, Mac called Travis and DeLand Animal Hospital. He picked up Travis, and Annie quit breathing. Travis gave her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and began rubbing the area of her heart. During the six-minute ride to the animal hospital, Travis said, they lost Annie a few times. He kept talking to her, rubbing her chest, and breathing into her mouth.
Travis said his father’s training as a police officer and his driving skills helped them get to the hospital in time to save Annie’s life. Mac has been a DeLand police officer for 38 years. His training, Travis said, also helped Mac keep Travis calm.
At DeLand Animal Hospital, the staff was waiting for Annie at the door, ready to save her life.
After two hours, Annie was stabilized, said Travis.
“I have been in law enforcement for 38 years, and have never seen anything like that,” Mac said. “When you watch a life going away and then coming back, it is so profound. And breathing life into an animal is no different than a person. Family is family.”
Annie spent the night at the animal hospital, but was home the next night. The vet wasn’t sure exactly what happened, but theorized that Annie’s heartworm treatment had caused a dead heartworm to become lodged in one of her arteries, triggering a heart attack.
When Travis first got Annie, he took her to the veterinarian, who discovered she has heartworms. It was after two treatments for the potentially fatal condition that Annie had her life-threatening episode.
Since returning home, Annie refuses to leave Travis’ side.
“The moment he leaves the room, she goes crazy,” Autumn McBride, Travis’ wife, said.
Now, Annie goes to work every day with Travis. Travis has to watch her carefully; she isn’t allowed to jump or get too excited until after her 30-day checkup with the vet.
Travis said that the most important thing to remember about pets is the importance of heartworm treatment. Heartworms can fill up an animal’s heart and get stuck in their arteries.
“Heartworms are very dangerous and can kill animals,” Travis said. “The vet said it was a miracle, and very profound that Annie survived.”
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