Punkin', day one.

by Tree C.
(Sebring, FL)

Posing for the camera

Posing for the camera

Posing for the camera She's wearing a leash used for lizards.

This is my 8 week old Jack Russell/Chihuahua, "Punkin'", the day I brought her home. That was six weeks ago.

This past thursday, I brought her home from the small animal hospital in Gainesville, FL, where she underwent open heart surgery to correct her P.D.A. (patent ductus arteriosus). She is expected to make a full recovery and should be back to a normal little puppy in about 3 months.

When I brought her up to the hospital she was already in heart failure and had fluid in her lungs. I was unaware of how ill she really was because she is so full of energy. I was told that she probably wouldn't have lasted another month in the condition she was in.

I hope this information may help someone else whose dog has P.D.A. It's a faily common procedure and there is a 98% FULL recovery rate, if caught before there is permanent heart damage.

Tree C.

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Oct 20, 2011
by: Tree

Thank you

Oct 19, 2011
by: Carolyn

Happy to hear your "heart" warming story! Punkin is a survivor! Thanks for putting it out there about PDA. My Jack had the same and pulled through as well. It was a rough ride but glad we all made it through intact.
Best wishes for many healthy years to come!

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